For the second time in as many days in Sapporo, the Olympic 20km race walk title was claimed by Italy, this time courtesy of Antonella Palmisano.
Propelled by a relentless final kilometre charge, Massimo Stano held off Japanese favourites Koki Ikeda and Toshikazu Yamanishi to take the 20km race walk title in Sapporo.
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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.