Breaking the four-minute mile was the classic athletics landmark until Roger Bannister did it on a windy Oxford track in May 1954. A lesser-known target was 1:30:00 for women in the 20km race walk.
Jared Tallent, Australia's four-time Olympic and three-time world race walk medallist, has announced his retirement from competitive athletics.
Yang Jiayu chopped 49 seconds off the world record to win the 20km race walk in 1:23:49 at the Chinese Race Walking Championships in Huangshan on Saturday (20).
Yusuke Suzuki is unrepentant about the fast starts in races that cost him in the past.
The sun shone for Toshikazu Yamanishi at the 104th Japanese Championships in Kobe.
When he’s got a spare minute, Toshikazu Yamanishi likes to read Agatha Christie novels. There will be no mystery if the bespectacled world champion adds Olympic gold to his Doha triumph.
Perseus Karlstrom of Sweden and Italy's Antonella Palmisano cruised to victory in their respective 20km races at the 88th Podebrady Race Walk meeting in the northern Czech city on Saturday (10).
World and Olympic champion Liu Hong, competing for the first time in 11 months, won the women's 20km race walk at China’s Autumn Race Walking Championships in Taian on Sunday (20).
It was an island of dreams for Toshikazu Yamanishi at the 103rd Japanese National 20km Championships as he roared home to gold and a place in the Japanese Olympic team.
A top-25 finish on a senior World Championships debut is remarkable for any athlete, not least a teenager.