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Russia's Borchin wins gold in 20-kilometre walk

Valeriy Borchin of Russia prevailed in the men's 20-kilometre race walk at the Summer Olympics in Beijing on Saturday morning.

Valeriy Borchin of Russia prevailed in the men's 20-kilometre race walk at the Summer Olympics on Saturday morning.

Borchin, 21, entered Beijing's sun-baked National Stadium and circled the track to a rousing ovation, crossing the finish line in one hour 19.01 seconds.

Borchin's gold-medal stroll fell short of his personal and season best of 1:17.55, and Robert Korzeniowski's Olympic record of 1:18.59 set at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Jefferson Perez of Ecuador took the silver medal in a season-best 1:19.15, and Australia's Jared Tallent the bronze in 1:19:42.

Perez, a three-time world champion, won the event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

He and Borchin began to pull away from the pack, led by defending champion Ivano Brugnetti of Italy, with five kilometres left.

Borchin began to pick up the pace on Perez with two kilometres remaining, and built up an insurmountable lead by the time he entered the Bird's Nest.  

The world record in the event is held by Sergey Morozov of Russia, who clocked 1:16.43 at a meet in Saransk on June 8.Field set for discus final

Field set for discus final

Poland's Piotr Malachowski topped Group A with a throw of 65.94 metres in qualifying for the men's discus final.

Reigning Olympic champion Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania and Russia's Bogdan Pishchalnikov also met the qualifying standard of 64.50 with flings of 65.94 and 64.60, respectively.

Failing to meet the standard, but still managing to emerge out of Group A were: Mario Pestano of Spain (64.42); Robert Harting of Germany (64.19); Aleksander Tammert of Estonia (63.10) and Robert Fazekas of Hungary (62.64).  

Reaching the final in Group B were Rutger Smith of Netherlands (65.65), Spain's Yennifer Frank Casanas (64.99) and Estonia's Gerd Kanter (64.66), all of whom met the qualifying standard.

Rashid Shafi Al-Dosari of Qatar (63.83) and Frantz Kruger of Finland (62.48) also advanced. 

Iranian powerhouse Ehsan Hadadi and Ian Waltz of the United States were among the contenders who failed to qualify out of Group B.

With files from the Associated Press

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