27 APR 2010 General News Rome, Italy

Schwazer and Brugnetti lead Italian squad for Chihuahua - IAAF World Race Walking Cup

Alex Schwazer begins to break away from the leading pack during the men's 50km walk (Getty Images)Alex Schwazer begins to break away from the leading pack during the men's 50km walk (Getty Images) © Copyright

Reigning Olympic 50Km Race Walk champion Alex Schwazer and former Olympic champion Ivano Brugnetti head the Italian squad for the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Chihuahua, Mexico, 15/16 May, FIDAL, the Italian federation announced.

Schwazer, 25, a two-time World bronze medallist over 50Km, will contest the longer event in Chihuahua. Brugnetti, 33, the World 50Km champion in 1999 and Olympic champion in the 20Km in 2004, will compete over the shorter distance.

Giorgio Rubino, who finished fourth in the 20Km at the World Championships last year, has struggled with injury this season, and will not compete.

The Italian Team:

MEN -?

50Km seniors -
Alex SCHWAZER  (C.S. Carabinieri)
Marco DE LUCA  (G.A. Fiamme Gialle)
Diego CAFAGNA  (C.S. Carabinieri)
Federico TONTODONATI (CUS Torino)
Andrea ADRAGNA (Atl. Riccardi Milano)

?20Km seniors -
Ivano BRUGNETTI (G.A. Fiamme Gialle)
Fortunato D’ONOFRIO (C.S. Aeronautica Militare/Bruni Pubbl. Atl. Vomano)
Matteo GIUPPONI (C.S. Carabinieri/Atl. Bergamo 1959 Creberg)
Jean Jacques NKOULOUKIDI (G.A. Fiamme Gialle)
Daniele PARIS (C.S. Aeronautica Militare)

10Km juniors -
Leonardo DEI TOS (Atl. Lib. Tonon SpA Vittorio Veneto)
Giovanni RENO' (Atletica Don Milani)
Massimo STANO (Atl. Aden Exprivia Molfetta)

WOMEN -
10Km juniors -
Antonella PALMISANO (Atletica Don Milani)
Federica CURIAZZI (Atl. Bergamo 1959 Creberg)
Cecilia STETSKIV  (ASD Agg. Hinna)

FIDAL for the IAAF