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Lashmanova of Russia wins Olympic gold in 20K walk


By Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Yelena Lashmanova of Russia set a world record in the 20-kilometer race walk on Saturday and won the Olympic gold medal.

The 20-year-old Lashmanova overtook defending champion Olga Kaniskina near the finish line and won in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 2 seconds, seven seconds ahead of the three-time world champion.

Qieyang Shenjie of China took bronze.

Qieyang is the first Tibetan athlete China has ever fielded at the Olympics. She finished 14 second behind Lashmanova.

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