Australian race walking has continued to reach the heights set at the Commonwealth Games, picking up medals at the World Race Walking Teams Championships in Taicang, China.
Australia has a strong group of young walkers emerging in the juniors ranks, highlighted by the result in the men’s under-20 10km walk today.
Perth young gun and UWA student athlete Declan Tingay found himself in the lead pack from the start of the race.
The pack was mainly dominated by Chinese athletes, who pressed the pace at the 7km mark.
With around one kilometre remaining, and in seventh place, Declan received a second warning and was placed in a pit-stop with a one-minute penalty.
Re-joining the race, Declan finished easily, coming home in fourteenth place. Despite the minute penalty, Declan was still able to set a new PB, clocking in a time of 42.01.
Combining with Melbourne-based Kyle Swan, who finished in tenth place with a time of 41.44, and 16-year-old Mitchell Baker, who placed 41st in a time of 46:47, Declan secured Australia the bronze medal.
The bronze, which came behind China and Japan, was only the second medal for Australia in the event’s history.
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