Commonwealth Games 2018: Men's 20km Racewalk final, Manish Singh Rawat fighting for gold

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedApr 08, 2018 04:20 IST

The event starts at 2.30 am.


04:20 (IST)8 APR 2018

With that, we come to our coverage of the Racewalking finals, but do stay tuned to Sportskeeda for more updates from the Commonwealth Games. Ciao!

04:18 (IST)8 APR 2018

Although India's hopes were pinned on Manish Rawat, who eventually finished sixth, it was a great effort by the athlete, who was inthe top three spots at one point in the race.

04:17 (IST)8 APR 2018

Meanwhile, India's Manish Rawan came in at the 6th position with a timing of 1:22:22 and Irfan Thodi came in 13th, clocking 1:27:34.

04:12 (IST)8 APR 2018

Bosworth took the second spot, finishing just 4 seconds behind the Aussie racewalker, while Gathimba completes the podium.

04:10 (IST)8 APR 2018

Gathimba may have lead the way for some time, but it's the Aussie Dane Bird-Smith, who snatched the lead right in the end, to take the finish line, clocking 1:19:34.

04:07 (IST)8 APR 2018

Its all narrowing down to a close finish, here!

03:55 (IST)8 APR 2018

There's no difference between the top 3!

03:53 (IST)8 APR 2018

India's Manish Rawat  has  climbed up one spot to #6 again, as he pushes for a strong finish. Meanwhile, Irfan has still held his 13th position, being already 6.06 seconds behind the race leader.

03:46 (IST)8 APR 2018

However, Gathimba has the slender lead...for now!

03:46 (IST)8 APR 2018

It's getting intense at the top of the pack, right now. There's absolutely no difference between the timings of the top 3, heading into the last 2 kms of the race.

03:43 (IST)8 APR 2018

Meanwhile, India's Manish Rawat has slipped to the seventh spot once again, being 1.49 seconds behind the race leader. Irfan, on the other hand, has maintained his 13th spot.

03:39 (IST)8 APR 2018

The Englishman is now just a step ahead of Bird-Smith and Gathimba!

03:36 (IST)8 APR 2018

Bosworth, after trailing for large parts of the race, has finally taken the lead.

03:36 (IST)8 APR 2018

And Bosworth takes the lead!!!

03:34 (IST)8 APR 2018

There's literally nothing separating the top three right now. All the three racers -- Bird Smith, Gathimba and Bosworth are all on 55.48 seconds, as the race nears a photo-finish!

03:32 (IST)8 APR 2018

Samuel Ireri Gathimba of Kenya had been lurking around the top 5 spots, but has now picked up the pace, to put himself straight into the #2 spot, behind Bird Smith.

03:17 (IST)8 APR 2018

Here's a look at the top 10 standings in the race so far!

03:16 (IST)8 APR 2018

Top 10 standings in Racewalking after 14 km.

03:08 (IST)8 APR 2018

Manish has used the Englishman's momentum well to soar one place up the field to #6.

Meanwhile, Irfan has slipped a couple of spots to #12

03:05 (IST)8 APR 2018

But Bosworth has picked up his pace in the last 4 km, as he now surges up the field to claim spot #3!

03:03 (IST)8 APR 2018

At the top of the charts, Bosworth has now slipped from #2 to #6, while Canada's Benjamin Thorne has made steady progress to take the #2 spot. Bird-Smith still leads the race!

02:55 (IST)8 APR 2018

Meanwhile, Irfan has slipped to #10, having clocked 20.14 on the 10km mark!

02:52 (IST)8 APR 2018

Yet another setback for Manish....

He has now fallen behind to #7, completing the 10km-mark with a timing of 20.10 mins!

02:46 (IST)8 APR 2018

Meanwhile, Irfan, who started the first stretch at #9, fell back to #11 by the 4km mark.

02:42 (IST)8 APR 2018

Its been a bit of a slow start for the Indians, both of whom started from the 9th and the 11 positions, respectively. However, Manish Rawat ahs picked up the pace after the first 2km mark. 

While he started the first stretch at #11, Manish has now surged up the #2, behind Australia's Dane Bird-Smith and England's Tom Bosworth, both of whom have maintained their #1 and #2 spots respectively, so far.

02:34 (IST)8 APR 2018

A total of 15 athletes are taking part in the racewalk. India is being represented by two athletes in this event -- Manish Rawat and Irfan Thodi. Canthey bring back a couple of medals for the country? Let's find out...

02:32 (IST)8 APR 2018

Hello, and welcome to our coverage of the first athletics event from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia! I a bright morning in Gold Coast, as we get athletics underway with the Men's 20km Racewalk Final up first.

22:02 (IST)7 APR 2018

Day 4 of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games continue as Athletics are added to the daily roster. 

So far in the competition, India has done well. Although all of India's medals have been due to weightlifting so far, other sports have made leaps too. India's Table Tennis Men's and Women's team are in the Semi-finals, one victory away from a medal. Indian Boxers have done well so far as well, with many of the boxers progressing forward in their respective weight categories. 

Athletics will be added to the list in which there is Indian participation on Day 4. There are four events of track and field on the fourth day at Gold Coast. 

One of those events 20 Km Racewalk. Racewalk is a type of race in which athletes have to manoeuvre themselves towards the finish line in a very specific stride. In the Men's walk, India is represented by  Manish Singh Rawat and Irfan Thodi. 
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