Vietnamese race walker breaks national record at Olympics

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Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc finished 36th out of 61 competitors in the women's 20km race walk contest at the London Olympics on Saturday, finishing in one hour, 33 minutes, 36 seconds (1:33:36).

In doing so, she broke her own national record of 1:35:15 that she recorded at the Asian Walking Race Championship last March in Japan, where she won the bronze medal.

Russian walker Yelena Lashmanova won the gold medal at the London Games, setting a new world record of 1:25:02; her teammate Olga Kaniskina won the silver, finishing just seven seconds behind; and Chinese competitor Qieyang Shenjie took the bronze, setting a new Asian record of 1:25:16.

Phuc was the last Vietnamese athlete to compete that the 2012 Olympics, in which none of Vietnam's participants were able to take home a medal.

Of the 18 Vietnamese athletes at the event, shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh and weightlifter Tran Le Quoc Toan came closest, both finishing fourth in the men's 50m pistol contest and the 56kg men's weightlifting event respectively.

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