A wonderful morning in Japan, this time not in Tokyo, but in Sapporo, where the hiking and marathon competitions have been postponed due to the more favorable climate.
Almost 32 years old, Dawid Thomala has become one of the Olympics’ biggest sensations. The pole, whose career was only his second at this distance, became the Olympic champion. Just a fairy tale! Pole gave a great performance right from the start, and from the 30 km distance he set the style of competition. He took the lead and didn’t let the chase group catch up to the finish line.
So far, our four-time Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski has been the king of the competition in Poland, who won the three most expensive discs over a deadly 50 kilometer run.
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Tomala has now joined this royal group and in one fell swoop he achieved something else: from now on, it is the Poles who lead the all-time Olympic medal standings in walking this distance.
Piao Ziruni won four medals, all gold. Great Britain, which could boast three gold medals, a silver and a bronze, fell to second place. Third place belongs to the Italians, who have three gold and three bronze discs.
And in this rating, at least for a while, nothing will definitely change. The 50-kilometer walk now disappears from the Olympic program, and after three years in Paris it will no longer be an Olympic competition.
Artur Jacques from Tokyo
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