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Deakes smashes own Games record

20 Mar 06 02:48

Nathan Deakes wraps-up an Australian clean sweep. 

Nathan Deakes wraps-up an Australian clean sweep.

The Australians have taken a clean sweep of the Men's Walk medals, in a repeat of this morning’s podium line-up in the women’s event.

In taking the gold, defending champion Nathan Deakes smashed four and a half minutes off the Games record he set in Manchester, setting the new record time of 1:19.55.

“I’m a Melburnian at heart, and with the absolutely fabulous support - an Aussie trifecta in the Women’s and Men’s - we couldn’t have scripted it better,” he said.

Silver medallist at Manchester, Australian Luke Adams repeated his 2002 performance to claim second place with a time of 1:21.38.

Jared Tallent, the youngest competitor in the field at the age of 21, took the bronze medal with a time of 1:23.32 to round out the trifecta.

Kenya’s David Kimutai Rotich held on to finish in fourth place, a position he had maintained since the early stages of the race.

Fifth place went to India’s Parayil Jalan.

Deakes has only a short time for recover and prepare for the gruelling 50km Walk.

“Four days isn’t long and 50km is a pretty daunting distance, but I’m pretty optimistic about my chances,” he said.

For the latest results, view the Schedules and Results section on this Website.

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