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After last year’s cancellation because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gran Premio Cantones de La Coruna ¬– the Spanish leg of this year’s World Athletics Challenge - Race Walking – returns on Saturday (5) to confirm that the event is arguably one of the key 20km competitions of the season.
Breaking the four-minute mile was the classic athletics landmark until Roger Bannister did it on a windy Oxford track in May 1954. A lesser-known target was 1:30:00 for women in the 20km race walk.
World marathon fourth-placer Callum Hawkins and recent trials winners Chris Thompson and Stephanie Davis are among the first seven members of the athletics squad selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Jared Tallent, Australia's four-time Olympic and three-time world race walk medallist, has announced his retirement from competitive athletics.
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).
Yusuke Suzuki is unrepentant about the fast starts in races that cost him in the past.