Suzuki Smashes Race Walk World Record

 Yusuke Suzuki of Japan set a new 20km race walk world record of one hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds at the Asian Race Walking Championships on Sunday.
The men’s 20-kilometres race walk world record has been broken for the second time in a week.
Exactly a week after Frenchman Yohann Diniz set a mark of 1:17:02 in Arles, the 27-year-old Suzuki shaved almost half a minute off it to finish in a time of 1:16:36 in his hometown of Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Suzuki, a renowned fast starter, blasted away from the outset, covering the first 6km in 22:53 and going through the halfway mark in a national 10km record of 38:05.
His blistering pace dropped off slightly with about 4km to go, but he finished strongly to record his third Asian title after victories in 2010 and 2013.
(Agencies)

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