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Di Vicenzo triumphs in Podebrady
For more than half of the women's race it looked like the home star and defending Podebrady champion Lucie Pelantová might be on her way to a second consecutive win but she started to struggle from 11km onwards.
Di Vincenzo and then Federica Ferraro went past Pelantová. The former had a slight advantage at the bell as the pair entered the last of the 1066.13-metre circuits (the unusual distance being due to construction work on the normal circuit) and she held it to the line, winning in 1:34:16.
"The course wasn't that easy and my only goal was to finish. It's a great thing for me to win here and I hope I can repeat this result at the World (Race Walking) Cup," said the winner.
Ferraro finished eight seconds in arrears and her compatriot Antonella Palmisano came through strongly on the last lap to finish third in 1:24:27.
Pelantová was nine second further back, and just 20 seconds covered the first four women home, but she had the compensation of being the Czech national champion for the fourth time.
Italians were, not surprisingly, first in the senior women's international match with the hosts in second place ahead of Hungary.
The Czech twins Aneľka and Eliška Drahotová finished first and third - the former winning in 47:47 and by almost a minute - in the junior women's 10km to lead the Czech team to the junior women's title. The sisters were separated by Italy's silver medallist Anna Clemente.
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