Banzeruk to defend 50km race walk title at European Race Walking Cup

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Ivan Banzeruk will be part of the Ukrainian team for the 50km race walk at the European Race Walking Cup in Alytus, Lithuania on 19 May

Ukraine has named a team of 22 athletes for the European Race Walking Cup in Alytus, Lithuania on 19 May including Ivan Banzeruk in the men’s 50km race walk.

Banzeruk won the 50km race walk title in warm conditions in Podebrady two years ago in 3:48:15. He also led Ukraine to the team title although their chances of retaining that title might be weakened due to the absence of reigning European champion Maryan Zakalnytskyy.

Ukraine is still fielding a team of four race walkers for the 50km race walk and Banzeruk will be accompanied by Valeriy Litanyuk who finished 15th at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China last May.

There will also be medal prospects both individually and as a collective on the women’s side as well. Inna Kashyna finished fourth individually and in the team race in the 20km race walk two years ago and the 27-year-old is second on the 2019 European list with 1:29:30.

Kashnya’s chances are further embellished by the fact European leader Eleonora Giorgi from Italy is stepping up in distance to contest the 50km race walk in Alytus.

The 50km race walk makes its debut for women in Alytus and the Ukrainians will be sending a quartet including Kristina Yudkina who finished fourth at the European Championships last year.