Spaniard Fernandez sets world record in 10 km walk

July 28th, 2008 - 1:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, July 28 (Xinhua) Spanish walker Paquillo Fernandez gave himself the perfect send-off for the Olympic Games, when he smashed the world 10 kilometres race walk record. Racing in the Spanish Championships, held on the island of Tenerife, Sunday, Fernandez, a silver medallist at the Athens Olympics four years ago, took five seconds off the previous record, which had been held by the Italian Ivano Brugnetti, as he clocked 37:53:09 seconds for the event.

After the race Fernandez confessed he was amazed at the achievement.

“I am really surprised because all the elements were against me,” he told the official website of the Spanish Athletics Federation.

“Nevertheless my will to win was vital and I gave it everything. I went as fast as possible in the last 400 metres, even though I never knew I was in with a chance of setting a world record.

“After this race, it is obvious that I am in form and going to aim for a medal in Beijing, although I will find some very difficult rivals there. I am going to travel to Matsue (Japan) Aug 3 to finish my preparation and from there, I will go to Beijing,” said Fernandez, who is now considered a favourite for an Olympic gold.

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