Birmingham : Tokyo Olympian Priyanka Goswami bagged the silver in the Women’s 10,000m Race Walk at the Commonwealth Games with a national record timing Saturday.
Priyanka clocked 43:38.82, a new Indian national record, to claim her podium place at the Alexander Stadium. Khushbir Kaur, with 44:33.5, had held the NR since 2017.
She also improved her personal best of 48:30.35 by almost 5 minutes.
Australia’s Jemima Montag won the gold with a Games record time of 42:34.00. Kenya’s Emily Wamusyi Ngii clinched bronze with 43:50.00, a new African record.
The 26-year-old has set the pace of the race early on and led the eight-woman group for the opening 4kms before being overtaken by Jemima Montag and Ngii.
With Montag moving up a gear and building up a seemingly unsurpassable lead, it seemed like a two-way race between Ngii and Priyanka for the silver and bronze.
After exchanging positions multiple times, Priyanka broke away around the 9km mark but also had a warning to contend with for the final stretch. The Indian, however, held out to cross the finish line.
Another Indian in action Bhawana Jat, however, finished last with personal best timing of 47:14.13. in the eight women field.