Yang Jiayu breaks women’s 20km race walk world record | More sports News

2021-03-20 12:53:09

Former world champion Yang Jiayu shattered the world record to win the women’s 20km race walk at the Chinese national championships in Huangshan on Saturday, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics starting in July.
Earlier in the day, China’s Wang Kaihua produced the third-fastest men’s 20km race walk in history to book his own spot at the Summer Games.
Yang, 25, sliced 49 seconds off the previous mark set by her compatriot Liu Hong in 2015, finishing with a time of one hour, 23 minutes and 49 seconds.
World and Olympic champion Liu also bettered her previous record, finishing second with a time of 1:24:27, making it the first time that a 20 km race has seen more than one woman clocking inside 1:25:00.
Qieyang Shijie also improved her personal best to finish third with 1:24:45. The top three finishers will represent China at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
In the men’s event, Asian Games champion Wang paced himself perfectly from start to finish and romped to victory in 1:16:54, taking 42 seconds off the national record previously held by 2016 Rio Games champion Wang Zhen.
“My expectation for the race was to break the national record,” the 27-year-old said. “There’s still room for me to improve.”
Only Japan’s Yusuke Suzuki, who set the world record when he clocked 1:16:36 at an event in his home town of Nomi in 2015, and Russian Sergey Morozov (1:16:43) have registered faster times.
“I’m confident that I can break the world record one day,” Wang said, adding that he was looking forward to competing in his first Olympics.
“Everything can happen in such a high-level competition. I will go all out to fight for the best result,” he said.
Cai Zelin, the Rio runner-up, and former under-20 world 10 km champion Zhang Jun took the second and third spots respectively after clocking identical times of 1:17:39.

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