Japan’s Masatora Kawano Entering the Final 4km, Spain’s Martin Wins Men’s 35km Race Walk at World Championships

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Athletics – World Athletics Championship – Men’s 35 km Race Walk – Budapest, Hungary – August 24, 2023 Gold medallist Spain’s Alvaro Martin celebrates after winning the men’s 35 km race walk along with silver medallist Ecuador’s Brian Daniel Pintado and bronze medallist Japan’s Masatora Kawano

BUDAPEST, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Alvaro Martin of Spain secured his second gold medal at the World Athletics Championships after winning the men’s 35 kilometres race walk on Thursday, adding to his victory in last week’s 20km event.

After early leader Aurelien Quinion of France had dropped off the pace and was then disqualified, Martin shared the lead with Ecuador’s Brian Pintado and Japan’s Masatora Kawano entering the final 4km.

Martin made the break with less than 2km remaining and crossed the line in two hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds, four seconds before Pintado.

Kawano posted a season’s best of 2:25:12 to finish third, while defending champion Massimo Stano of Italy was seventh with 2:25:59.