Punjab race walker Gurpreet Singh has won men’s 50km race walk event at the 8th National Championships on Sunday.
The 38-year-old man from Patiala won men’s 50km race walk event by completing the race in three hours, 59 minutes, and 42 seconds (3:59:42s).
Punjab race walker Gurpreet Singh is an Army man. Earlier, he had won a silver medal in the 50km event at the 7th National Race Walking Championship in Ranchi.
After winning 20km event, Sandeep Kumar, Rahul Kumar and Priyanka Goswami have qualified for the 20km event Oregon World Athletics Championships. The event is scheduled to be held from July 15 to 24 next year, a report stated.
The victories helped them to secure the quota for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. Also, Sandeep and Priyanka broke the national records besides grabbing their victory.
Sandeep, on his way to winning gold, took one hour 20 minutes and 16 seconds to crack the Olympic qualification time of 1:21 minutes. On the other hand, Rahul, 34, improved the Olympic qualification time, crossing the finish line at 1:20.26 to clinch silver medal.
Priyanka, 24, completed the race with a time of one hour 28 minutes 45 seconds, better than the Olympic qualification time of one hour 31 minutes for women.