Italy's Schwazer defies heat to win longest race

Italy's Alex Schwazer won the Olympic 50km walk yesterday, setting an Olympic record despite conditions made brutal by the sun.
Schwazer, a double world championship bronze medalist, broke clear around the 42km mark and covered the longest race in the athletics program in three hours, 37 minutes, nine seconds.
Australia's Jared Tallent, who took bronze in the 20km event, went one better with silver, coming in two minutes, 18 seconds behind in a personal best.
World record holder Denis Nizhegorodov of Russia, 50km silver medalist in Athens, took bronze.
It was a hugely impressive performance by Schwazer, who took more than a minute off the 20-year-old Olympic record set by Vyacheslav Ivanenko in Seoul.
After Thursday's rain the conditions were cool when the field set off at 7.30 a.m., but it did not take long for the mercury to rise. The heat meant that gaps soon opened and the medalists eventually broke clear.

Updated : 2021-03-02 10:06 GMT+08:00