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World Athletics Ratified: world 20km race walk record by Yang

World Athletics this week ratified Yang Jiayu’s world 20km race walk record of 1:23:49, set at the Chinese Race Walking Championships in March.

Yang Jiayu’s world 20km race walk record of 1:23:49, set at the Chinese Race Walking Championships in Huangshan on 20 March, has been ratified.

Women’s world 20km race walk record
1:23:49 Yang Jiayu (CHN) Huangshan 20 March 2021

Yang had made a break in the first kilometer of the race and passed through 5km in 20:55. The 2017 world champion reached halfway in 41:52 with a comfortable lead and then gradually increased her pace in the second half.

After going through 15km in 1:02:44, she covered the final five kilometers in 21:09 to cross the line in 1:23:49, taking 49 seconds off the world record of 1:24:38, set by Liu Hong in La Coruna in 2015.

The time of 1:24:27 by runner-up Liu was also inside the previous world record. It was the first 20km race walk in history in which more than one woman finished inside 1:25:00.

“My goal for the race was to break the world record,” Yang told Xinhua. “I walked in a very fast pace at the early stages. Then my coach told me to slow down a little bit and stay in a relatively comfortable pace. The last three kilometers was the most difficult part which was a challenge for my body.”

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