Frenchman Diniz sets new 20-km race walk world record

Sun Mar 8, 2015 1:22pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Frenchman Yohann Diniz broke the 20-km race walk world record at the French championships on Sunday.

Diniz, who also holds the 50-km world record, clocked one hour 17:02 minutes in Arles to improve the previous record held by Russian Vladimir Kanaykin since 2007, by 14 seconds.

"I felt like I was flying," said Diniz, who accelerated in the final five kilometers.

Diniz, however, has never made it to the podium of a world championships or Olympic Games in 20km, his best performance being a silver medal over 50km at the 2007 world championships.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Martyn Herman)

Yohann Diniz from France celebrates after winning the men's 50 km walk at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona July 30, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea