SEA Games champion Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc finished sixth in the women's category with a time of 1hr 45.45min. Teammate Nguyen Thi Van was fourth in the women's open at 1:56.35.

Vietnamese athletes (from left) Nguyen Thanh Ngung, Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc, Nguyen Thi Van and Vo Xuan Vinh and coach Tran Anh Hiep (center) pose in Japan for the Asian Race Walking Championship (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc)

The winner was Gao Lan of China who walked 1:29.25. She was followed by Ayane Yanai of the host (1:30.58) and Indian Priyanka Priyanka (1:32.27).

None of them qualified for the Paris Olympics as the standard time is 1:29.20.

On the men's side, Nguyen Thanh Ngung came seventh with a time of 1:30.27 while SEA Games champion Vo Xuan Vinh was seventh in the men's open clocking in at 1:33.08.

Ngung cut seven minutes from his time compared to what he did last May to take a SEA Games bronze medal. Vinh meanwhile did not reach his best after he switched to compete in triathlons for months and just practised walking recently. He walked 0.76sec slower than in the SEA Games.

Akshdeep Singh from India (1:20.57), Choe Byeongkwang from the Republic of Korea (1:21.20) and Wen Yongjie from China (1:22:44) were the top three finishers.

The Olympic standard to beat for the men is 1:20.10.

The four athletes flew back home to continue training for the May SEA Games in Cambodia. Walk races will be held in Siem Reap on May 16.

Source: VNA