Portuguese Henriques and French Diniz Champions in 50 Km March

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

Portugal's Ines Henriques won the inaugural women's world 50km race walk title in style, setting a new world record of four hours five minutes and 56 seconds on the final day of the London World Championships.

Chinese Han Yin, silver with 4:08:58, new record of Asia, and Shuqing Yang, bronze with 4:20:49, accompanied the champion in the podium.

"Today we gave one more step for the equality between men and women", added the 37-year-old female march walker after the first time that the ladies were disputing the longest walk event in World Cups.

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Earlier in the men's race, three-time European champion Yohann Diniz finally lifted the world championships glory at the age of 39. Diniz also set the world record of 3:32:33 in 2014.

Japanese Hirooki Arai took silver in 3:41:17 and his fellow countryman Kai Kobayashi was third in 3:41:19. Till now, it only had been obtained by Polish Robert Korzeniowski and German Hatwig Gauder.

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