Yang Jiayu chopped 49 seconds off the world record to win the 20km race walk in 1:23:49 at the Chinese Race Walking Championships in Huangshan on Saturday (20).
World champion Yang Jiayu proved her victory in London three weeks ago was not just a flash in the pan, as she withstood challenges from Qieyang Shijie in the last kilometre to win the 20km race walk at the Chinese National Games in Tianjin on Sunday (3).
A dramatic last 100 metres saw leader Lyu Xiuzhi disqualified, leaving Chinese teammate Yang Jiayu to take gold in the women’s 20km race walk.
Duan Dandan and Yang Jiayu started the day off in magnificent fashion for the host of the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup as the Chinese pair took gold and silver in the junior women’s 10km on Sunday (4).
Both the individual and team gold medals in the first three junior women’s 10km races at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup went to Russia, but results in the last two editions suggest the teenage red army is not the force it was.