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50 km in 220 minutes: Slovakia’s Toth wins race walk

Athletics Race Walk - Olympics: Day 14

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: (L-R) Jared Tallent of Australia, Matej Toth of Slovakia and Evan Dunfee of Canada compete in the Men’s 50km Race Walk on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Pontal on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Despite holding the lead for large portions of the race, neither France’s Yohann Diniz nor Australia’s Jared Tallent will not take gold in the men’s 50 km race walk.

The near 4-hour race saw Tallent ahead for much of the final 10 km, only to overtaken by Slovakia’s Matej Toth.

WATCH: Toth wins

Toth, 33, took gold with a time of 3:40.58 in Rio, 28 seconds better than Tallent. The bronze winner is Hirooki Arai of Japan.

Diniz finished 8th after leading almost every moment of the first 30 km (two-plus hours) of the race, but collapsing in visible pain for several minutes. USA’s John Nunn finished 43rd, 35:14 back of Toth.

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