Local girl Sapna, who have also qualified for Rio Games, Local girl Sapna, who have also qualified for Rio Games, finished second in 1:36:59.36, while Priyanka of Uttar Pradesh was third in 1:40:58.93. No other woman race walker qualified for Rio Olympics from todays competition, besides the already qualified Khushbir and Sapna. The Olympics qualifying standard for womens 20 km race walk stands at 1:36.00. Khushbir later said that due to the slope in the competition course, she was feeling pain on her right thigh from the 11km mark onwards but continued as she wanted to finish the race. “I felt pain on my right leg from the 11km mark as the course has slope. While coming down (to the side of the road which has slope), you have the extra impact on the right leg and so the pain developed but I continued as I wanted to finish the race,” said 22-year-old Amritsar girl Khushbir who has already qualified for Rio Games last year. “It is a minor pain and it will go after a few days. I will be fully fit for the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan on March 20,” she added. Coach Alexander said that Khushbir had the same pain two years back in a race walk competition in Kochi where also the course had a slope. “The same thing happened two years back in Kochi and this course like there (in Kochi) has a slope and she said she felt pain while her right leg lands on the side of the road which has a slope after the 10km mark. But I think it is just a minor one which will go away,” said Alexander who has been with the Indian race walk team since 2011. “Overall, I am happy with the performance of the race walkers as most of them have very good time in the season opener,” said the Russian. For Gurmeet, who led from start to finish, it was a bit of a disappointment despite winning the gold as he said that he could have gone below one hour 20 minutes on such a fast track and that would have bettered even the national record of 1:20.21 standing in the name of K T Irfan who finished fourth today. “It was one of the best race walk courses I have competed in and no doubt the best in India. Its fast and smooth and the temperature (of around 20 degree Celsius) was ideal and I could have at least done my personal best (of 1:20.35 in 2011) and even gone below national record. I was doing fast in first 10km but I slowed down in the second 10km,” he said after winning the 20km race walk event. “But even with this timing, I am happy because it is the start of the season. As it goes, I think I can do below 1 hour and 18 minute ahead of the Olympics. I will not think that I cannot win an Olympic medal in Rio,” he added. More PTI PDS AH AHadvertisement
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