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July 08, 2022
Nehnevaj Qualifies for World Championships in 20 km Race Walk
USATF North Carolina member
has been named to Team USA for the upcoming
World Athletics Championships
(July 15-24) in Eugene, Oregon. He will be one of 151 athletes from the U.S. to compete in Eugene -
full roster here
Nehnevaj, 25, a member of the Raleigh Walkers, will compete in the 20 km Race Walk event on day one of the championships - July 15.
Needing a top 60 world ranking to be named to the team, Nehnevaj moved from #72 to #60 when the final rankings were released by World Athletics on June 29. His ranking was based on his 2:59:22 second place finish at the USATF 35 km championships in January and then his 1:23:10 20 km performance at the Poděbrady Race Walking event in the Czech Republic on April 2. The 20 km mark is the #7 performance in U.S. history at the distance.
Nehnevaj began competitive walking three years ago following his graduation from West Virginia Tech and is a member of the USATF North Carolina Race Walk Development Program that was started in 2019 to support emerging & elite athletes in the Race Walk, as they look to compete as professional athletes. This is first time Nehnevaj will represent Team USA at a major global championship event.
Nehnevaj will toe the line in Eugene on July 15 (3:10 pm PT / 6:10 pm ET) with fellow U.S. walker Nick Christie.
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