20km walk record falls again, Suzuki sets new mark

Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:02am EDT
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(Reuters) - The men's 20 kilometers race walk world record was broken for the second time in a week on Sunday when Japan's Yusuke Suzuki set a new mark at the Asian Race Walking Championships.

Exactly a week after Frenchman Yohann Diniz set a mark of 1:17:02 in Arles, the 27-year-old Suzuki shaved almost half a minute off it to finish in a time of 1:16:36 in his hometown of Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture.

Suzuki, a renowned fast starter, blasted away from the outset, covering the first six km in 22:53 and going through the halfway mark in a national 10 km record of 38:05.

His blistering pace dropped off slightly with around four km to go but he finished strongly to record his third Asian title after victories in 2010 and 2013.

(Reporting by Peter Rutherford in Seoul; Editing by John O'Brien)

Japan's Yusuke Suzuki poses next to a electric time board showing his record after breaking the 20-kilometer race walk world record at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge, in Nomi, central Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo March 15, 2015. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo