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India's KT Irfan wins bronze medal in 20km men's event at Asian Race Walk Championships

Nomi, Japan: National record holder KT Irfan clocked an impressive timing to win a bronze in the 20km men's event in the Asian Race Walk Championships in Nomi on Sunday.

 Indias KT Irfan wins bronze medal in 20km mens event at Asian Race Walk Championships

KT Irfan won bronze medal in the 20km Men's Asia Race Walk Championship. Twitter/@afiindia

Irfan finished the race in 1 hour 20 minutes and 59 seconds, a tad slower than his national record timing of 1:20.21 which he set while finishing 10th in the 2012 London Olympics.

Korea's Kim Hyun-Sub took the gold in 1:19:50 while Georgiy Sheiko of Kazakhstan bagged the silver in 1:20:47.

27-year-old Irfan had won the National Race Walking Championships here last month in 1:22:43.48 and has already qualified for the World Championships in London in August.

In the women's 20km event, India's Priyanka failed to climb the podium as she finished fourth with a time of 1:37:42.

China's Wang Na comfortably won the gold medal with an effort of 1:30:51. Host country walker Kumiko Okada finished second in 1:33:31 while Yeongeun Jeon of Korea took the third place in 1:34:35.

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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2017 16:04:05 IST