Austrian Racewalking Championships: The Austrian Legends
Servus or Grüss Gott that’s how the Autrians say “Hello”
Arriving in Vienna the day before I received the list of the racewalkers for the 20km and to my surprise I noticed that most of the racewalkers were masters the oldest one was 70 years old and the youngest was less than 40 years old, I do not feel like mentioning his age as he would probably slap me.
There was also a guest racewalker from Honduras who won the race with a time of 1h33:55.
Nevertheless this post I dedicate to the wonderful Austrian legends who made me speechless. My wish is to be able to do what they did, and all of them did fantastic. They are my idols and blew my mind.
It was wonderful to see that whatever age or nation they were that there was one thing they all had in common and that was racewalking and the other wonderful part about it was, that most racewalkers knew each other for longer than 10 years and became family over the years…
Before the race…
Right at the start:
Let me introduce you the racewalkers of Austria:
These two brothers Johann and Willfried Siegele raced 1980 at the Olympics in Moscow
This man, Brzezowsky Roman became a couple of weeks ago World Champion in South Korea and started to race not even a decade ago.
Dietmar Hirschmugl und Franz Kropik two friends who walked almost the whole race together.
I have to say that all of them were brilliant, although the judges disqualified some racewalkers, these people are family and they support each other.
Leo Romero an outsider who was the winner of the Austrian National Championship everyone cheered for him and he was welcomed by each racewalker.
I asked one of the women who she was cheering for, her answer was simply; everyone!
The next post I will cover the women and youngster and the official award ceremony. So stay tuned.
The Austrians were very keen to talk to me and guide me, they even walked with me around the circuit.
Long story short: They were family and hosted their guests wonderfully.