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Japan’s Suzuki sets race walk world record on home soil

March 15, 2015

NOMI, Japan (AP) — Yusuke Suzuki of Japan broke the 20-kilometer race walk world record Sunday at the Asian Race Walking Championships.

Suzuki won the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in his home town with a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds, a mark 26 seconds faster than that set by Yohann Diniz of France just a week ago.

Suzuki covered eight kilometers in 30:25 and made the halfway mark in a national 10 kilometer record of 38:05, giving a clear indication he was on course for a fast time.

He finished comfortably ahead of his rivals, breaking Diniz’s mark of 1:17:02 set at the French Race Walking Championships in Arles, France, on March 8.

This is Suzuki’s third Asian title. He also won in 2010 and 2013.

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