News08 Jun 2008

1:16:43 20km Race Walk World record for Morozov in Saransk


Sergey Morozov of Russia wins the 10,000m Race Walk final at the World Youth Championships (© Getty Images)

Sergey Morozov set a World record * in the 20Km Race Walk, clocking 1:16:43 at the Russian National Championships in Saransk today.

The 20-year-old, the 2005 World youth and 2007 European junior champion in the 10,000m race, became the first man to dip under the event’s 1:17 barrier. His mark bettered the 1:17:16 set in Saransk last September by Vladimir Kanaykin. Kanaykin was second, also under 1:17 in 1:16:53.

For Morozov, a past World Cup and European Cup 10Km champion, this race was his first-ever completed 20Km outing.

Aleksandr Yargunkin was third, clocking 1:20:01.

Alfons Juck and Sergey Tikhonov for the IAAF

* pending the usual ratification procedures