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China’s Liu, Lu medal in women’s 20km race walk; Mexico gets silver

Athletics Race Walk - Olympics: Day 14

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: (L-R) Silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico, gold medalist Hong Liu of China and bronze medalist Xiuzhi Lu of China stand on the podium during the victory ceremony for the Women’s 20km Walk final 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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China picked up two medals in the women’s race walk on Friday.

Hong Liu won gold in the 20km walk and Xiuzhi Lu took bronze, helping China medal for the third time in five races dating back to Sydney 2000.

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Mexico’s Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez won silver, finishing just two seconds behind Liu and five ahead of Lu.

Americans Maria Michta-Coffey (22nd) and Miranda Melville (34th) finished more than five minutes off the pace.

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