India’s Bhawna Jat Qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 20km Race Walk, Sets New National Record


Bhawna Jat booked her place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a time of 1:29.54, which is a new national record, in the 20km race walk category at the National Championships.

India's Bhawna Jat Qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 20km Race Walk, Sets New National Record
Bhawna Jat (Photo Credit: AFI)

Ranchi: India’s Bhawna Jat qualified for the 2020 Olympics after setting a new national record in the 20km race walk category at the National Championships here on Saturday.

The athlete from Rajasthan clocked 1:29.54, well inside the Olympic qualification time of 1:31.00. Bhawna’s effort was a massive improvement on her personal best of 1:38.30, set in October last year.

“My target was 1:28-1:29, really put a lot of hard work in training over the last three months. Thanks to my mother and father for always supporting me and thanks to my department in Indian Railways,” said Bhawna Jat after winning the 20km race walk.

Priyanka Goswami narrowly missed the Olympic cut with timing of 1:31.36.

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo July 24 to August 9.

(With inputs from PTI)

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