Olympics-Athletics-Poland's Tomala wins gold after switch to 50km walk

6/8/2021 5:13:00 AM

Olympics-Athletics-Poland's Tomala wins gold after switch to 50km walk

Olympics-Athletics-Poland's Tomala wins gold after switch to 50km walk

SAPPORO, Japan :Poland's Dawid Tomala cruised to victory in the Olympic men's 50km race walk with a dominant performance over the second half of the race in Sapporo on Friday, reaching the top of the podium in just his second completed race of the distance.Germany's Jonathan Hilbert took the silver medal and

SAPPORO, Japan :Poland's Dawid Tomala cruised to victory in the Olympic men's 50km race walk with a dominant performance over the second half of the race in Sapporo on Friday, reaching the top of the podium in just his second completed race of the distance.

Germany's Jonathan Hilbert took the silver medal and Canada's Evan Dunfee claimed the bronze.Tomala, 31, said he switched to the 50km distance from the 20km earlier this year because he was"bored and needed new challenges," and his decision paid immediate dividends.

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Germany's Jonathan Hilbert took the silver medal and Canada's Evan Dunfee claimed the bronze. Tomala, 31, said he switched to the 50km distance from the 20km earlier this year because he was"bored and needed new challenges," and his decision paid immediate dividends. Tsimanouskaya caused a furore on Sunday when she said coaches angry at her criticism had ordered her to pack and go to the airport. "This year changed everything for me because I started for the first time 50K. Tomala began distancing himself from the crowd around the 30km stage, progressively increasing his lead to more than three minutes at one stage. It's the second 50 in my life and a gold medal is crazy, right?" he said. Poland, which has long been critical of Lukashenko and harboured many activists from Belarus, has granted her and her husband humanitarian visas. Tomala's triumph marked the second surprise race walk gold of the Tokyo Olympics, after Italy's Massimo Stano won the 20km https://www."I tried my best and it worked out.

reuters. She is tired but happy to be in Poland. (Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa) Source: Reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/athletics-italys-stano-wins-mens-20km-race-walk-gold-2021-08-05 event the previous day for his first victory in a major international race. China's Luo Yadong was in front for most of the first third of the race, until the pack including Tomala caught up with him at the 20km mark. Some Belarusians waited at Warsaw airport, holding signs of resistance: carnations and flags in red-and-white. Tomala began distancing himself from the crowd around the 30km stage, progressively increasing his lead to more than three minutes at one stage. He finished in 3 hours, 50 minutes and eight seconds, coming in 36 seconds in front of Hilbert. Warsaw-based Belarusian opposition politician Pavel Latushko tweeted a picture with Tsimanouskaya." Tokyo Olympics men's hammer throw gold medallist Wojciech Nowicki of Poland celebrates with his compatriot Pawel Fajdek, the bronze medallist, at the Olympic Stadium on Aug 4, 2021.

Tomala pushed the pace despite his large lead although he did take his foot off the gas near the end with first place assured and not wanting to jeopardise his victory. "I had around 15K to the end and I knew it is possible to lose energy, because in a 50K, anything can happen. The sprinter, who had criticised negligence by her team coaches, spent two nights in Poland's embassy in Japan before flying to Poland via the Austrian capital Vienna. Sometimes you walk fast and you can't finish the race .. The Belarus National Olympic Committee (NOC) had said coaches withdrew Tsimanouskaya from the Games on doctors' advice about her emotional and psychological state..53m.

But I felt comfortable at that speed so tried to walk it as long as I could. 'EXCITED AND NERVOUS' The affair has played out amid increased concern for the safety of Lukashenko's critics, including in neighbouring countries, following a crackdown that has seen tens of thousands of arrests inside Belarus." "But in the end, the most important was to win this medal so I slowed down, because the gold medal is the gold medal." World record holder and 2017 world champion Yohann Diniz of France had been hoping for one last chance at Olympic glory. Ukrainian police have launched a murder investigation, and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy ordered a review into the safety of Belarus exiles. But he dropped out of the race before the 30km mark, citing fatigue and back pain and saying it was one competition too many for the 43-year-old. "That will be the image of my career, the highs and the lows, and now good luck to the future generation. Lukashenko personally headed the Belarus Olympic committee until he was replaced by his son this year.74m.

For me it's finished," he said. Friday's 50km walk might have been the last at an Olympics. The International Olympic Committee has started an investigation into Tsimanouskaya's case and said it would hear from the two Belarusian officials allegedly involved. The event has been dropped from the schedule for the 2024 Paris Games because there is no equivalent race for women. (Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Lincoln Feast. Police have cracked down on dissent in Belarus following a wave of protests triggered by an election last year which the opposition says was rigged to keep Lukashenko in power.) Source: Reuters .