Lashmanova wins gold in 20K walk

Yelena Lashmanova of Russia set a world record in the

20-kilometer race walk on Saturday and won the Olympic gold

medal.

The 19-year-old Lashmanova overtook defending champion Olga

Kaniskina near the finish line and won in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 2

seconds, seven seconds ahead of the three-time world champion.

Qieyang Shenjie of China took bronze.

Qieyang is the first Tibetan athlete China has ever fielded at

the Olympics. She finished 14 second behind Lashmanova.