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India’s Bhawna Jat secures Olympic qualification in 20 km race walk

Prime News, National and International Sport, Olympic Games, Ranchi (Jharkhand), February 15:- India’s Bhawna Jat qualified for the 2020 Olympics after setting a new national record in the 20 km race walk category at the National Championships here on Saturday.

The athlete from Rajasthan clocked 1:29.54, well inside the Olympic qualification time of 1:31.00. Bhawna’s effort was a massive improvement on her personal best of 1:38.30, set in October last year.

Priyanka Goswami narrowly missed the Olympic cut with a timing of 1:31.36.

In the men’s event, Sandeep Kumar won the race after clocking a timing of 1:21:34. However, he was unfortunate to miss out on the Tokyo Olympics qualification by just 34 seconds which is set at 1 hour 20 minutes. Kumar will now aim to seal a spot for the Tokyo Olympics at the Asian Race Walk Championship to be held next month in Japan.

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo July 24 to August 9. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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