March 8, 2015 / 5:23 PM / 4 years ago

Frenchman Diniz sets new 20-km race walk world record

PARIS (Reuters) - Frenchman Yohann Diniz broke the 20-km race walk world record at the French championships on Sunday.

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

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

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