Dudince Racewalking 20 km Highlights
From Pro to Amateur in 5 seconds
After taking pictures for 6 hours I felt a bit like a pro in the world of sport photography. Alas, there was a still so much I didn’t know. I discovered the “Call Room” where every racewalker has to go to and pick up there chips and the numbers, also the place where everyone warms up, stretch and moisturise their privates(to avoid chafing), so as a pro I should have known this before, but now I do.
So I saw the twins Monika and Zivile Vaiciukevičiuté and some more racewalkers getting ready. It was great to be backstage and see everyone just before the race and again their facial expressions, feeling the tension and nervous smiles as they walk to the start line.
And they are off
With the racewalkers lined up to start, I stood before them and felt like a photographer again. I just needed to add names to all those faces and numbers.
Photographer and waterman
This 20 km race I had an extra task, also a first. I was to be the waterman for one of the racewalkers.
It was a very entertaining experience being around the coaches and feeling like one of them.
I there learned how close the race walking community is, everybody cheers everybody, they also try to bring up those who for one reason or another couldn’t finish the race. It’s disheartening to see someone dropping out.
I talked to many racewalkers and everyone told me the same, their goal is to finish the race but once the gun is shot it’s all a gamble.
This race was great to see, really fast, less than 2 hours and everybody was done, unlike the 50km where after 2 hours you can see the suffering on the racewalkers’ faces.
There are also some videos check them out on the 20 km female and male racewalk.
Women 20 km Dudince 2017 Video summary
Men 20 km Dudince 2017 Video summary
And again in the upcoming days I will publish more pictures so stay tuned, it is a lot of work to sort and chose the best pics.
Full quality pictures will be uploaded to Flickr, when I have reliable internet connection.
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Full results can be found HERE