In the first of the IAAF Race Walk Challenge races of 2013, Canadian Inaki Gomez posted a 2nd place finish in the Men’s 20km event. The race was held in Chihuahua, MX on Saturday February 23rd. Inaki’s last race was his Canadian records setting 13th place finish at the Olympics. Given the training conditions in Calgary over the winter and the race conditions in Chihuahua it looks like Gomez is picking up right where he left off in 2012.
“As an early season test we found out what we wanted from this race.”, said Gomez. “We know exactly what we need to do going into the Pan Am Race Walk Cup in Lima, Peru in May. I’ll get to the podium again, this time on the top step. I should have some Canadian company as well with my training partners Evan Dunfee and Ben Thorne walking well. We had a week of training together in Phoenix prior to this event with our coach and that really gave us a boost.”
Inaki now heads back to school at the University of Calgary where he is in first year Law. Once exams are over in mid-April Inaki will return to Vancouver to train with the rest of the Racewalk West group.
Racewalk West is poised to rise to the top in Race Walk in the Western Hemisphere. The Canadian Senior men’s team will be aiming for the top 3 at the Pan Am Race Walk Cup in May. Given the youth of the team the Canadians are a good bet to be on the podium in Toronto at the 2015 Pan Am Games.