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Russia's Sokolova sets women's 20km world record

india Updated: Feb 27, 2011 19:47 IST
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Vera Sokolova broke the world record in the women's 20km walk on Saturday, taking over half a minute off the old mark set by fellow Russian Olimpiada Ivanova in 2005.

The 23 year old clocked one hour 25 minutes 8 seconds at the Russian national championships in the Black Sea resort Sochi, bettering Ivanova's time of 1:25:41, set in Helsinki in 2005.

Sokolova, who finished third at last year's European championships in Barcelona, behind two compatriots Olga Kaniskina and Anisya Kirdyapkina, was able to beat Kirdyapkina by a second this time round, the Russian athletics federation said on its website (

World, Olympic and European champion Kaniskina did not take part in the Sochi event, preparing to defend her title at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea in August this year.