India at Tokyo Olympics: Gurpreet Singh drops out of men’s 50km race walk due to cramps

India at Tokyo Olympics: Gurpreet Singh drops out of men's 50km race walk due to cramps
India at Tokyo Olympics: Gurpreet Singh drops out of men's 50km race walk due to cramps

India at Tokyo Olympics: India’s Gurpreet Singh dropped out of the men’s 50km race walk event after competing for around 35Km as he was cramping due to the gruelling heat and humidity.

At halfway point of 25km, Gurpreet was in the 49th position with the time of 2:01:54. Meanwhile, Dawid Tomala of Poland took control of the race walk at the 30km mark, and never relinquished it. In fact, he extended his lead to over three minutes at one point, though he did look in incredible discomfort as he crossed the finish line. But soon a smile of relief replaced the pain as Dawid Tomala became the Olympic champion with timing of 3:50:08. Germany’s Jonathan Hilbert clinched silver with 3:50:44 while Canada’s Evan Dunfee bagged the bronze with a timing of 3:50:59.

India at Tokyo Olympics: Earlier on Thursday, India’s KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar, and Rahul had a disappointing show in the men’s 20m race walk as they were not able to finish even in the top ten here at the Sapporo Odori Park on Thursday. Sandeep finished at the 23rd spot while Rahul and Irfan finished at the 47th and 52nd spots respectively

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Priyanka Goswami and Bhawna Jat will be making their Olympics debut and will hope to make their mark in the race walk final on Friday. at held the national record by clocking 1:29:54 and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics at the National Open Championships in February last year. However, Priyanka Goswami set a new Indian record of 1:28.45 and qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics winning the Indian Racewalking Championship in the 20 km race. After the disappointing performances of Sandeep Sharma, K. T. Irfan and Rahul Rohilla on Thursday, the onus will be on Jat and Goswami to set the record straight.

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Time: 1:00 PM IST

Venue: Sapporo Odori Park

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