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Commonwealth Games: Race-walker Tom Bosworth wins 20km silver medal in record time

By KentOnline reporter

Tom Bosworth put his World Championship pain to bed by winning silver at the Commonwealth Games race-walking.

Bosworth broke down in tears after being disqualified while leading last year's Worlds in London.

But the Pembury athlete made amends by setting a 20km national record time of 1hr 19min 38sec to finish second in Australia overnight.

Tom Bosworth won silver in Australia
Tom Bosworth won silver in Australia

Bosworth, runner-up to Dane Bird-Smith, said: "I’m so pleased with this medal and to be up there with Dane – he’s a really good mate so I really pleased for him.

"The noise was insane; the race was brilliant fun so it must have been a great moment for him. It certainly was for me.

“With 600m to go, I thought I had a good shout for the gold. But that’s home crowd advantage, it lifted him and carried him towards the line.

"The adrenaline was incredible for me so I can’t even imagine what it was like for him. It must have been amazing to win that.

“I didn’t think it would be sub 1:20 but that is all thanks to my coach Andi Drake who has got me in the best shape for these Games.

"It is a national record but to get under 1:20 is just something else I have been targeting for a long time.

"I was testing the guys all the way around and they were testing me. We knew we would have to move over the last few kilometres.

“After getting disqualified while leading at the World Championships last year it was an incredibly emotional final lap for me. So to put that to bed and win the silver is just brilliant.”

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