>The Performance of the Week honors go to Aniysa Kirdyapkina for her 1:25:11 20k walk at the Russian Championships in Sochi. It ties her for third on the all-time list. Two more sub-1:26 times were recorded behind her, making the race the Competition of the Week as well. All of this should be taken with a grain of salt as there were no international judges present, and adherence to the rules (or lack thereof) has as much to do with fast times as anything else.
A close runner-up is Elvan Abeylegesse for her 1:07:07 half marathon in the UAE. Honorable mention goes to Mare Ibrahimova (1:07:13) and Aselefech Mergia (1:07:22) in the same race, and Vera Sokolova (1:25:35) and Tatyana Sibileva (1:25:52) for their fast walks behind Kirdyapkina in Sochi.