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Rio Olympics 2016, India Athletics: Sandeep Kumar finishes 35th in Men's 50km Walk

Sandeep Kumar is competing against 79 other athletes in this race, which is being held in Pontal. Sandeep Kumar final position - 35th
Updated: 19 August 2016 20:45 IST - Published: 19 August 2016 15:58 IST
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Sandeep Kumar has finished his 50km in 4:07:55. A spirited performance from the Indian racewalker but he has finished in 35th place.

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Sandeep Kumar is yet to finish his 50km but we have seen a phenomenal race that has ebbed and flowed. 

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We have the medal winners in the 50km walk

1. Matej Toth (Slovakia) - 3:40:58 (GOLD)
2. Jared Tallent (Australia) - 3:41:16 (SILVER)
3. Hirooki Arai (Japan) - 3: 41:24 (BRONZE)

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WHAT A RACEEEEEEEEE!!!! Matej Toth of Slovakia has come from behind to get the gold medal. Phenomenal. 

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We are into the final 5 kms here and it seems to be a close finish. 

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Top 3 with 5km to go:

1. Jared Tallent (Australia) - 3:18:47
2. Matej Toth (Slovakia) - 3:19:09
3. Hirooki Arai (Japan) - 3:19:13

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The 45 km mark has been completed and the racers seem to be going through the paces here.

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Slovakia's Matej Toth has now climbed into second spot and after 45km, the top 3 are:

1. Jared Tallent (Australia) - 3:18:47
2. Matej Toth (Slovakia) - 3:19:09
3. Hirooki Japan (Japan) - 3:19:13

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Sandeep Kumar's stock in this race has risen swiftly and after completing 40km, he has climbed into 37th position. 

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Sandeep Kumar is yet to complete 40 km and we have moved into the business end of his race. Things are going to get really tough for walkers now. 

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Olympic champion and Olympic Record holder Jared Tallent is showing exactly why he has all those credentials. 

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He has slipped 5 places to go into 7th place while Evan Dunfee has slipped down three places to be out of a medal position. 

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To think about it, what a fall from grace it has been for Yohann Diniz, who was heading the race till the half-way mark. 

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Sandee Kumar is yet to finish his 40km yet but is in 42nd position. 

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Both Tallent and Hirooki have climbed three places to occupy the top two spots. 

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There are 10 km remaining in this race and things are getting quite close here. 

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Top 3 after 40 km:

1. Jared Tallent (Australia) - 2:56:54
2. Hirooki Arai (Japan) - 2:56:58
3. Matej Toth (Slovakia) - 2:57:01

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THIS IS PHENOMENAL STUFF!!! There has been a complete turnaround and Jared Tallent is now in gold medal position. 

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Can Yohann Diniz bounce back and take over Evan Dunfee? We will need to see!!!

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Here is Sandeep Kumar's break up of walking so far:

5km - 23:49
10km - 46:58
15km - 1:10:18
20km - 1:34:25
25km - 1:59:13
30km - 2:24:22
35km - 2:50:22

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Sandeep Kumar gets better and climbs up to 42nd after 35km mark. 

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For all our viewers asking, Sandeep Kumar is in 47th position. 

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Sandeep Kumar is currently in 47th position and is yet to complete 35km. 

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This has been staggering progress by the Canadian and he has surged 8 seconds ahead of the Frenchman. 

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Top 3 after 35km mark:

1. Evan Dunfee (Canada) - 2:34:39
2. Yohann Diniz (France) - 2:34:47
3. Matej Toth (Slovakia) - 2:34:53