A nonchalant walk into the record books

China’s Liu Hong struck gold at the World Championships earlier in the year and ended up being the winner of the 2015 IAAF Racewalking Challenge Cup. We take a look at some of her top achievements in the sport.

A world record holder over the Olympic 20km distance with a time of 1:24:38 hours, China’s Liu Hong first announced her arrival in the world of racewalking by winning the World Junior and Asian games titles in 2006.

She secured her first medal on an international stage by winning the bronze medal in the 2009 World Championship in Athletics before going on to retain 20km speed walking title during the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Having previously tasted success in the World Championships with a bronze in 2009, Liu Hong would go on to better her performance in 2011 edition where she picked up silver. Consistent runs meant that she would be a permanent fixture in the World Championship podium in the following edition, picking up another bronze in 2013 and finally, the gold in 2015 with her record breaking run.

Major Career Achievements

2006 World Junior Championships, China – Gold in 10,000m walk.

2006 Asian Games, Doha – Gold in 20km walk.

2009 World Championships, Berlin – Bronze in 20km walk.

2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou – Gold in 20km walk.

2011 World Championships, Daegu – Silver in 20km walk.

2013 World Championships, Moscow – Bronze in 20km walk.

2014 World Race Walking Cup, Taicang – Silver in 20km walk.

2015 World Championships, Beijing – Gold in 20km walk and set world record.

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