Russia's golden walkers earn 1-2 finish in 20K

Elena Lashmanova, Anisya Kirdyapkina get 1-2 finish in 20K walk to push Russia up medals table

Russia's golden walkers earn 1-2 finish in 20K

MOSCOW (AP) -- Nobody walks quite like the Russians.

After the host nation won the men's 20-kilometer walk at the world championships, Elena Lashmanova and Anisya Kirdyapkina clinched a 1-2 finish in the women's event on Tuesday.

Lashmanova, the Olympic champion in London, held off Kirdyapkina with a final burst of speed after she momentarily had stopped walking with one lap of the track to go, thinking she had already won.

It could have been a sweep but Vera Sokolova was disqualified with about 500 meters to go, leaving Liu Hong of China to take bronze.

If Jamaica has the fastest sprinters, the host nation used their walkers to move up the medal standings into second place with five overall and two gold, right behind the United States with six.

Updated : 2021-03-09 13:26 GMT+08:00