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50km Walk European Athletics Championships 2018 Odds

Who wins Men's 50km Walk at the European Athletics Championships 2018?

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Yohan Diniz Gunning for Gold at the 50 km Walking Race– European Athletics Championship

The start of the European Athletics is getting closer as more than 4500 athletes are stepping up the preparations for this unique sports tournament. Many of them are setting their sights on winning medals through the various sports contests. One notable competition that is high on the agenda on the European Athletics Championship is the 50 km walking race. On that note, it is important to emphasize that there are some well-known names that will take part in this competition.

The first notable athlete is Yohann Diniz. The current world record holder of the 50 km walking race is one of the main favourites to win the gold at the European Athletics Championship in Berlin. He won the gold medal in the 50 km race at the 2006 European Championships with a personal best time record of 3:41:39 hours. He then repeated the feat at the 2010 European Championships in a personal best time of 3:40:37 hours. However, it seems that Diniz was just warming up during these events as he made history with his appearance at the European Championship in Zurich in 2014 where he set the new world record at 3:32:33. And although many expected that the Diniz will slowly head into retirement, the veteran French athlete remained in a very competitive shape after that historical record. His latest appearance was at the 2017 World Championship in London where he took part of the 50 km walking race. His record at this contest was 3:33.12 which was enough for a top finish and another gold medal in his collection. Based on these results and his recent form, the expectation is that Diniz will play a significant role in the 50 km walking race in Berlin next month. And although the veteran athlete is in the fourth decade of his life, the feeling is that there is more to come from him at this continental tournament.

Another athlete that has also have the ability to produce some top class performance is Ihor Hlavan. The Ukrainian athlete is one of the high profile names at the European Athletics Championship. After his disappointing appearance at the Rio Olympics where he finished on the 35th place in the 20 km race, he was able to bounce back at the European Race Walking Cup in 2017. The 27 years old athlete took part of the 50 km walking race in which he finished 2nd with a score of 3:48:38. He was able to improve his record at the World Championships in London where he improved his time to 3:41:42. However, that was only enough for the 4th spot at the 50 km race. It will be interesting to see if Hlavan will be able to build on this as he is an upcoming athlete. The Ukrainian is in his peak and has a good chance for winning a medal at the European Athletics Championship.

On a final note, we can conclude that the 50km walking race will be a very competitive event. With the presence of names such as world record holder Diniz and the upcoming Hlavan, we can expect a very interesting race.