STEVE PARTINGTON 46th IN TURIN

TOP BRITISH WALKER, three and a half minutes ahead of next Brit

Highest ever placing for Steve after surprise GB call up for Manx sporting legend

Steve Partington, pictured with long time coach Allan Callow last Sunday watching the Novice Walk.

Outstanding split times - see all British performances below

Position - 5km

Time

Split

70 

Partington Steve

00:22:14

 

73 

Drake Andrew

00:22:14

 

82 

Hollier Steven

00:22:46

 

83 

King Dominic

00:22:49

 

 

 

 

 

Position - 10km

 

 

65 

Partington Steve

00:45:18

00:23:04

69 

Drake Andrew

00:45:40

00:23:26

77 

King Dominic

00:46:22

00:23:33

79 

Hollier Steven

00:46:22

00:23:36

 

 

 

 

Position - 15km

 

 

58 

Partington Steve

01:08:24

00:23:06

67 

Drake Andrew

01:10:24

00:24:44

71 

Hollier Steven

01:10:35

00:24:13

72 

King Dominic

01:11:21

00:24:59

 

 

 

 

Position - 20km

 

 

46

 Partington Steve

01:31:41

00:23:17

63

 Hollier Steven

01:35:18

00:24:43

66

 Drake Andrew

01:36:06

00:25:42

68

 King Dominic

01:37:40

00:26:19

Steve Partington pictured above at the Commonwealth Games. He usually leaves it to others to do the talking and after a Manx Radio phone in caller labelled him "a disgrace" for his disqualification, he has responded in the best possible way - with his feet!

 

Name

1st 5km

2nd 5km

3rd 5km

4th 5km

 Partington Steve

00:22:14

00:23:04

00:23:06

00:23:17

 Hollier Steven

00:22:46

00:23:36

00:24:13

00:24:43

 Drake Andrew

00:22:14

00:23:26

00:24:44

00:25:42

 King Dominic

00:22:49

00:23:33

00:24:59

00:26:19

 

Steve's previous World Cup placings were (courtesy of Race Walking Record):

1989 - 52nd

1993 - 50th

1995 - 59th

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Steve Partington, pictured above with his family at the Boundary Stroll.

Read the Isle of Man Newspapers story about Steve. Thanks to Johanne Smyth for the link.

A fans view of Steve Partington at the Commonwealth Games. "What really made my day was the look of delight on the face of a young boy when after asking for Steve Partington's autograph, he was given his race number as well. This was really good and made my day. What a smashing bloke."

 

Two great shots by Bridget Kaneen in Turin. The first shows Manx ace Steve Partington (48) in the thick of things. The second captures the walkers near the start at the first corner. Although the city centre backdrop is fantastic there have been adverse comments about the cobbled road surface.

AN AMERICAN VIEW OF THE WALK COURSE IN TURIN

Manx walking star Steve Partington forwarded this from Michael Rohl and stresses that it is Michael's USA spelling not his!   15-10-02

 

The course was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.  It was contested on many types of cobblestones and good footing was impossible to find.  The many changes in surfaces and problems with slipping on the stones at the aid areas were brutal.  My legs still hurt after working the aid stations in the 20km races.  The scenary and idea to do it in downtown Turin were nice, but the needs of the athletes were never considered when they laid this course out.  The IAAF, and Damilano should be embarrassed that no one in the M20km made the IAAF A standard in that race, because the course sucked that much.

 

 Two more of Bridget Kaneen's pictures from Turin.

Top: Steve Partington is in such good form he even finds time to pick his nose!

Bottom picture: near the start of the women's 20km. 

A couple of pictures from Peter Kaneen's film in Turin. Above picture of Steve warming up with the Belarus Team

Note he is wearing his Isle of Man cap - which they would not allow him to wear during the race.

Peter has apparently been studying the bottom picture for hours on end to decide which of the female walkers has the best technique!

 

Young Steve; old Steve.

Steve Partington is pictured in the top picture (1983/1984) by Murray Lambden outside a Morecambe B & B with Steve Taylor, Paula Gelling, Joanne Clarke and Rita McGuiness.

In the bottom picture Peter Kaneen captures the moment Steve moves into the top 50 in the world for the first time in his long and successful athletic career.

Peter Kaneen does his bit to put everyone off taking part in an international race walk!

Top: A Chinese walker trying to find the drains.

Bottom: Another poor Hungarian doubled up - he did finish however! 

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