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Russia sweeps Olympic racewalking golds

6:00 PM, Aug 11, 2012   |    comments
  • Race walkers go past the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue (left) and Buckingham Palace during the men's 50km race walk in the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Elena Lashmanova (RUS) celebrates after winning the women's 20km race walk during the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall. (Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS) wins the mens 50km race walk at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
    
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LONDON -- Yelena Lashmanova and Sergei Kirdyapkin of Russia won gold in their respective race walking events. 

Twenty-year-old Lashmanova set a world record in the women's 20 km race on Saturday and overtook defending champion Olga Kaniskina near the finish line. 

She won in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 2 seconds - seven seconds ahead of the three-time world champ.

Sergei Kirdyapkin finished the men's 50 km race 54 seconds ahead of Jared Tallent of Australia and won with a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes, 59 seconds, breaking the Olympic record by more than a minute.

Kirdyapkin broke the Olympic record by 1 minute, 10 seconds.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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