New Delhi: China’s Liu Hong on Saturday set a new world record for the women’s 50km race walk, becoming the first woman to complete the event in under four hours. The Olympic gold medallist completed the Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix in the eastern city of Huangshan in just 3hr 59min 15 sec, the International Association of Athletics Federations said.She shaved more than five minutes off the previous record set by compatriot Liang Rui. It is the first 50km outing for the 31-year-old, who has just returned from two years of maternity leave in 2019, the official Xinhua news agency reported. A two-time World Championships winner, she also holds the women’s 20km world record of 1hr 24min 38sec set in Spain’s La Coruna in 2015. Liu pipped Mexico’s Maria Gonzalez by just two seconds to win the Olympic women’s 20km race walk in a nail-biting finish in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Chinese athletes dominated Saturday’s Huangshan race, with Li Maocuo shaving 11 minutes off her personal best to finish second at 4hr 3min 51sec and Ma Faying coming in third at 4hr 7min 30sec.It has been one of the greatest decisions of all time and which eventually helped Liu Hing to register a new world record. Liu Hong registers a new world record in the 50km walk. She completed the race in 3hr 59min 15 sec.Li Maocuo finish second at 4hr 3min 51sec highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Middlesbrough have had a bid rejected for Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow, according to reports.Relegated Boro, who are looking for a new number one following the departures of Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan, reportedly offered £5million for the 26-year-old but that is not enough to do business.A deal remains possible, with the Magpies ready to allow the former Nottingham Forest shot-stopper to leave St James’ Park, though Reading are likely to provide competition.Darlow was an important player as Newcastle won last season’s Sky Bet Championship, making 36 appearances in all competitions, but boss Rafael Benitez is keen to strengthen in all areas, including between the posts.He has been heavily linked with his former Liverpool number one Jose Reina should the latter leave Napoli and with Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman all on the books, Darlow looks vulnerable.Another keeper in the Newcastle ranks, Belgian Matz Sels, has already left the club this summer on a season-long loan to Anderlecht. 1 Karl Darlow