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Gurmeet Singh creates History winning Asian 20km walking race

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Gurmeet Singh created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal in the Asian 20km race walk championships as he won the men’s event of the season.

Flash points

  • Gurmeet finished the race in 1 hour 20 minutes and 29 seconds clinching the Gold medal
  • Japan’s Isamu Fujisawa ended up with a silver medal in 1:20:49 in a close fight in the last 5km with Gurmeet
  • Kazakhstan’s Georgiy Sheiko won the bronze medal in 1:21:52Asian 20km race walk championships
  • Gurmeet won the Asian championship there by confirming his berth to Rio Olympics
  • 9 Indians have bettered the standard in men’s 20km walking race while only three will make it for the Rio Olympics

Highlights of Women walking race

  • China’s Rui Liang won the gold medal finishing in 1:28:43
  • Kumiko Okada of Japan won silver ending up at 1:30:03
  • South Korean Jeongeun Lee (1:33:53) clinched bronze
  • National champion Sapna finished the 20 Km walking race in 1:35:57 occupying the fourth place

Key Points

  • Gurmeet Singh is the first Indian to win a gold medal in the 20 Km Men’s walking race in Asian Championship
  • He is one of the three Indian athletes who qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in 20 km race walk event with an ‘A’ qualification standard (1:22:30)
  • He achieved this berth in the 18th Dublin International Grand Prix in Ireland after finishing sixth with a time of 1:22:05
  • He also won a silver in the national junior championships in 2000