28-year-old Baljinder Singh picked up a bronze medal in the 10th edition of the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships on Sunday as per media reports. The event held at Nomi City in Japan was a qualifier for the 2015 World Athletics Championships.
The criterion for the Beijing World Championships qualifying was 1:25.00. Baljinder Singh comfortably met the criterion by finishing with a timing of 1 hour 22 minutes 58 seconds.
Yusuke Suzuki Sets World Record
Japanese walker Yusuke Suzuki’s impressive race saw him finish with a time of 1:16:36. The incredible timing helped him break the world record, an outstanding feat by the 27-year-old. Incidentally, the previous World record had been set by Yohann Diniz of France just a week earlier at the French Championships.
Revised report by the IAAF
A few days following the preliminary report, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) published a revised report. The new report suggests that Baljinder Singh finished in 12th spot, clocking 1:22:58.
According to the revised report, Baljinder’s compatriot and former silver medalist Gurmeet Singh finished in ninth position, clocking 1:21:36.
Chandan Singh, another Indian youngster finished six places below Gurmeet Singh in 15th position. Chandan’s timing was 1:23:12.
Sapna in 11th place in revised report
National Games champion Sapna who was earlier reported to be fourth in the women’s section of the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships, is now at the 11th place in the revised report. Sapna finished with a timing of 1:35:36.
The Asian 20km Race Walking Championships final results was published by the IAAF barely a day or two following the report published by news agencies around the world.
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