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Day 1 highlights from IAAF World Race Walking Championships

ROME -- On the opening day of IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships, five U.S. athletes posted personal bests on Saturday.
In the U20 women’s 10 km, Podlaski (Colonie, New York) walked a 5 km split of 24:48.37 en route to her 49:57 personal-best finish among the top two-thirds of competitors. National junior champion Anali Cisneros (Elgin, Ilinois) was the next American across in 50:38, just one second shy of matching her lifetime best.
Among junior men, Cameron Haught (Enon, Ohio) led the U.S. contingent with a 10 km personal best of 45:42 after a 22:07.41 split. Alexander Bellavance (San Diego, California) also walked a personal best of 47:38 ahead of teammate Anthony Gruttadauro (Brockport, New York), who finished in 48:40.
Emmanuel Corvera (San Diego, California) was among the top two-thirds of 20K walkers in 1:29:56, just four places ahead of senior team newbie Anthony Peters (Bartlett, Illinois) and his personal best of 1:31:19. Matthew Forgues (Boothbay, Maine) walked a 1:35:42 lifetime best and Matthew De Witt (Union Grove, Wisconsin) finished in 1:46:59.
Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmington, New York) was among the top thirds and leading American women when she came through 5 km at 22:39, but the wheels fell off and Miranda Melville (Rush, New York) made her way past 12 competitors to become the first U.S. finisher in 1:34:10. Melville moved up six places to hit 10 km at 46:18 and moved up six more to pass 15K at 1:09:54. Kathleen Burnett (Bellevue, Washington) was the second American woman at 1:43:22 ahead of Erin Gray (Eugene, Oregon) in 1:46:51. Michta-Coffey did not finish.
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Day 2 of IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships will be streamed live by NBCSN here from 8-9 a.m. and will feature the mixed 50 km, where American Erin Taylor-Talcott will make history as the first woman to ever walk this distance in an international competition.

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