World silver medallist Lu Xiuzhi lived up to expectations as she led a Chinese podium sweep in the women’s 20km race at the 2017 IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting in Taicang on Saturday (15).
There is a cruel irony to the fact that world 20km race walk silver medallist Lu Xiuzhi is one of the fastest female race walkers in the world while her younger brother has been disabled since birth and cannot now travel anywhere without a wheelchair.
At the fifth time of asking, and after three trips to the podium in Berlin, Daegu and Moscow to pick up bronze or silver medals, world record holder Liu Hong fulfilled her status as the favourite and finally struck gold in Beijing.
China’s Lu Xiuzhi stormed ahead to win the women’s 20km with an Asian record at the Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix which concluded on Saturday (21) in Beijing.
Qatari sprinter Femi Ogunode provided the biggest highlight of an entertaining second day of the 2014 Asian Games athletics programme when he sped to an Asian 100m record of 9.93 in the South Korean city of Inchon on Sunday (28).
Women and juniors excelled in the first leg of the Chinese race walking championships on road in Huangshan on Thursday and Friday (27/28).
China’s 12th National Games competitions started during the weekend in Shenyang, the capital of the Liaoning Province in the northeast of the country with Race Walking with nearly all of the Chinese medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Games in action.
The IAAF Race Walking Challenge returns to Taicang, China, on Friday (1). It’s the third successive time this competition has been held and needless to say, Chinese athletes will be the favourites in both races.
Inner Mongolia sounds like the sort of destination that takes two days to get to by camel while following Marco Polo down a winding track.