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Saville takes walking gold for Australia

28 July 2002

Australia’s Jane Saville took gold in the 20km walk and admitted she was relieved just to finish the race without being disqualified.

Jane Saville

Jane Saville took gold at Salford Quays

27-year-old Saville (1:36:34) considered retiring after being disqualified at the Sydney Olympics and the 2001 World Athletics Championships at Edmonton: “I was delighted to finish today,” she said and then added: “I was keen to prove myself today and I’m really pleased to have won here.”

England’s Lisa Kehler, who took bronze in the walk at New Zealand 1990 and Kula Lumpur 1998 finished ten seconds behind Saville to take silver. Malaysia’s Yu Fang Yuan took bronze with a time of 1:40:00.

Saville continued Australia’s dominance in the walking event which has been extended from 10km for the first time since it was introduced at the 1990 Games. Australia have a 100 per cent record in the event with Saville taking gold in1998.

Saville paid tribute to the crowd and the host city after the event: “It was a fantastic atmosphere today, I have never heard anything like it. Manchester has really embraced the Games.”


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