RUSSIA’s Sergey Kirdyapkin won gold in the men’s 50km race walk at the London Games yesterday in an Olympic record time of 3’35:59.
The 32-year-old double world champion shaved more than a second off Alex Schwazer’s record of 3:37:09 to finish 54 seconds ahead of Australia’s Jared Tallent, whose time was also inside the previous Olympic record and a personal best.
China’s Si Tianfeng won bronze in a personal best of 3:37:16, adding to Chen Ding’s 20km gold and Wang Zhen’s bronze a week ago – China’s first men’s race walk medals.
The Russian trio of Kirdyapkin, Igor Erokhin and last year’s world champion Sergey Bakulin were strong medal favourites after Italy’s defending champion Schwazer was excluded from the London Games on Monday for testing positive for EPO. — Reuters