Chen Ding Brings Home the Gold for Racewalking
Chinese race walker Chen Ding of Shenzhen will be having the greatest gift one can get for his birthday, an Olympic Gold medal. One day before his 20th birthday Chen won the gold medal in the men’s 20km walk and even setting a new Olympic record by clocking in one hour, 18 minutes and 46 seconds.
This will be the second gold medal to be won by a Chinese male race walker and the second gold won by a Chinese male track and field athlete, after Liu Xiang in the 100m hurdles in Athens. During the race last Saturday, Chen raced like he never raced before, just after the 10km mark he never trailed the lead group and at 16km began accelerating of the overall lead and wasn’t any challenge after he established a comfortable lead.
Chen thanked his coach, he said that he was told to stay low in the first part of the race and just to follow the lead walkers, and then in the 12th to 16th kilometers he began to increase speed and successfully gained the advantage.
Chen ding had quit race walking six years ago due to injury to the waist, but after graduating from junior high, Sun Li’an a coach of the Shenzhen Sports Training Administration encourage him to continue competing. Chen became a member for the Shenzhen track and field in 2007 then was selected for the national team afterwards.