May 21 (Reuters) – Spain’s Maria Perez broke the women’s 35km world record by almost half a minute at the European Race Walking Team Championships on Sunday, eclipsing the mark set by Peru’s Kimberly Garcia just two months ago.
Carrying a Spanish flag, Perez broke the tape at the World Athletics Race Walking Tour Gold event with a time of two hours, 37 minutes and 15 seconds in the town of Podebrady in the Czech Republic – 29 seconds faster than Garcia’s mark.
Perez completed a Spanish clean sheet on the podium, finishing more than eight minutes ahead of Raquel Gonzalez, while Cristina Montesinos was third.
Garcia, the world champion in both the 20km and 35km walks, had set the record in March with a time of 2:37:44 in Dudince, Slovakia.
Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Pritha Sarkar
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