Olympic gold medallist Matej Toth sets world lead in 50K racewalk in Dudince, Slovakia

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Rio Olympic 50K racewalk gold medallist Matej Toth from Slovakia won the Dudinska 50K in Dudince, Slovakia on Saturday, October 24.

He walked to victory in a world-leading time of 3:41:15, which is also under the Olympic 50K qualifying standard of 3:50:00.

Three other athletes raced to a qualifying time as Rafal Augustyn of Poland clocked a 3:47:42, Ecuador’s Andres Chocho 3:48:57, and German athlete Karl Junghannss squeaked in with a 3:49:45 performance.

The 37-year-old Slovak is now a four-time winner in Dudince.

In addition to his Rio gold, he won the 2015 World Athletics Championships 50K in Beijing. he is a two-time European Championships silver medallist in the same event. His personal best for the distance is 3:34:38 from the 2015 edition of the Dudinska 50K.

The current world record is 3:32:33 which was set by French athlete Yohann Diniz during the 2014 European Championships in Zurich.

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