Leonardo Dei Tos has won again, this time earning a well-deserved silver. The 26-year-old of the Athletic Club 96 Alperia won the silver medal in the Italian Championship in 50-kilometre race walk event in San Giorgio di Gioiosa Marea (Messina) this morning, after winning the gold in 2018.He was satisfied with his performance and with a final time 3h56’56” he improved his personal best by almost three minutes. “I have bettered myself by almost three minutes, finishing at a little more than one and half minutes after the winner”, he commented from Sicily. This result is the minimum qualifier for the world championship in Doha in October. Meanwhile, he will be called to the European Race Walk Cup in Alytus, Lithuania, on 19 May. “My sensations were not very good at the beginning of the race, but I paced myself well, crossing the 25-kilometre mid-race mark in 2 hours and scoring a time of 1h56’56” in the second half of the race. The last 8 kilometres were really tough, but that can be expected when you attempt two 50-kilometre races in little more than three months because you feel the physical toll. I will rest now and have the Cup in my sights“.
The year 2019 started for Dei Tos in the best of ways, with another top-three result in a national event.
In the last 10 Italian indoor and outdoor championships, the 26-year-old athlete, who moved to Milan from Vittorio Veneto six years ago, collected a dozen medals including a gold in the 5000-metre indoor event in 2015. He attended electrical engineering school and is a keen mountaineer. His trainer is Enzo Fiorillo.
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