08 JUN 2008 General News

1:16:43 20km Race Walk World record for Morozov in Saransk

Sergey Morozov of Russia wins the 10,000m Race Walk final at the World Youth Championships (Getty Images)Sergey Morozov of Russia wins the 10,000m Race Walk final at the World Youth Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright

Sergey Morozov set a World record * in the 20Km Race Walk, clocking 1:16:43 at the Russian National Championships in Saransk today.

The 20-year-old, the 2005 World youth and 2007 European junior champion in the 10,000m race, became the first man to dip under the event’s 1:17 barrier. His mark bettered the 1:17:16 set in Saransk last September by Vladimir Kanaykin. Kanaykin was second, also under 1:17 in 1:16:53.

For Morozov, a past World Cup and European Cup 10Km champion, this race was his first-ever completed 20Km outing.

Aleksandr Yargunkin was third, clocking 1:20:01.

Alfons Juck and Sergey Tikhonov for the IAAF

* pending the usual ratification procedures