Asian Games champion Wang Kaihua outraced Olympic medalists Chen Ding and Cai Zelin to win the men’s 20-kilometer event at the 2020 Chinese National Race Walk Championships in Taian on Saturday. The 26-year-old Wang from Guangdong took the pole position in a three-man leading group in the early stages of the race and soon broke clear to seize a comfortable sole lead. The 2018 Asian Games champion never looked back until breaking the tape in style with a clocking of one hour, 20 minutes and 49 seconds.
The battle for the second place remained tight until the final kilometers, as Rio Olympic Games runner-up Cai, representing Team Yunnan, held off a strong challenge from London Olympic champion Chen to finish second in 1:22:03. The 28-year-old Chen of Guangdong trailed nine seconds further behind to take the third place. The two-day competition will see the country’s most prestigious female race walkers, including world record holder Liu Hong and world champion Yang Jiayu, vying for the women’s 20km title on Sunday.