India’s Priyanka Goswami broke a three-year-old national record to win the silver medal in the women’s 10,000m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Saturday.
Tokyo Olympic champion Priyanka clocked 43:38.82, a new Indian national record, to top the podium. Khushbir Kaur, with 44:33.5, has held the medal since 2017. The Indian improved her previous personal best of 48:30.35 by about five minutes to win the medal.
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Priyanka’s medal is India’s third at the CWG 2022 athletics event after Tejaswin Shankar (bronze in the high jump) and M Sreeshankar (silver in the long jump).
With this, Priyanka also became the first Indian woman to win a medal in the race walk at the Commonwealth Games. Prior to that, Harminder Singh was the first Indian to win a medal in race walking – bronze – in the 20 km event at the 2010 CWG in Delhi.
Meanwhile, Australian Jemima Montague, the 2018 Gold Coast 20km walk champion, won the gold with a Games record time of 42:34.00. Kenya’s Emily Wamusi Nji took bronze with a time of 43:50.00, a new African record.
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The 26-year-old Priyanka, who holds the national record in both the women’s 20km and 35km race walk, set the pace early on and led the eight-women’s group in the opening round 4kms before being overtaken by Jemima Montague and Njie.
With Montague shifting gear and building a seemingly insurmountable lead, it looked like a two-way race between Njie and Priyanka for silver and bronze.
After swapping positions several times, the Indian finally broke away from the 9km mark, but he also had a warning to face him in the final stretch. However, Priyanka withstood to cross the finish line.
On the other hand, her compatriot Priyanka Bhawana Ghat had a personal best of 47:14.13 but only managed to finish eighth in the eight women’s field.
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