Rio Olympics 2016: Sandeep Kumar, Khusbhir Kaur, Sapna Punia disappoint in Race Walk events

Sandeep Kumar finished 34th in the men's 50km Race Walk event, while in Women's 20km event, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th while Sapana did not finish the race

PTI August 20, 2016 02:52:26 IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Sandeep Kumar, Khusbhir Kaur, Sapna Punia disappoint in Race Walk events

Rio de Janeiro: India's Sandeep Kumar finished a lowly 34th in the men's 50km Race Walk event at the Rio Olympic Games on Friday. The 30-year-old clocked 4 hours 7 minutes and 55 seconds, which was 26:57 behind the gold medallist Matej Toth of Slovakia.

At the half-way mark, Sandeep was 48th with a time of 1:59:13, which was 9:42 behind the leader.

World champion Toth managed to beat 2012 London Olympic gold medallist Jared Tallent of Australia into second place with a time of 3:40:58. Toth, 33, moved past the Australian in the latter stages of a race. The Australian racer ended clocking 3:41:16.

Rio Olympics 2016 Sandeep Kumar Khusbhir Kaur Sapna Punia disappoint in Race Walk events

Sandeep Kumar (centre) in action during the men's 50km racewalk. Getty Images

Canada's Evan Dunfee (3:41:38) settled with a bronze.

In Women's 20km Race Walk, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th while Sapana did not finish the race.

Khushbir clocked one hour 40 minutes and 33 seconds to complete the race.

23-year-old girl from Amritsar became the first Indian woman to clinch 20km Race Walk silver medal at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 by bettering her personal best and setting a new national record.

She clocked 1:33:07 to improve on her previous personal best of 1:33:37, which was also the national record to bag the second position.

But Khushbir was way behind her personal best on Friday, and finished 11:58 behind the gold medallist Liu Hong of China. At the half-way mark, Khushbir was 48th with a time of 47:35. At that stage, she was 2:11 behind the leader.

Hong clocked 1:28:35 to win the gold, while silver medal was bagged by Mexico's Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez (1:28:37) and China's Lu Xiuzhi clinched the bronze with a time of 1:28:42.

Meanwhile, Sapna Punia retired after 8 kms, having clocked 37:44.

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