Injury hits Leeds race walker Tom Bosworth but Tokyo Olympics spot already assured

Leeds-based Tom Bosworth is going to a second Olympics despite limping home in the 20km race walk qualifier.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:58 pm
TOKYO-BOUND: Tom Bosworth is heading to his second Olympics. . Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Bosworth, the 2016 Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, struggled with injury in the men’s race, staged over a course at London’s Kew Gardens behind closed doors yesterday morning, but having already posted the qualifying mark, his second-place finish was enough to secure him a spot.

He tweeted: “I’m going to Tokyo!!! I confirmed my place for @TeamGB and am on my way to becoming a double Olympian! Really disappointed to race in so much pain but I know I’m fit and can recover now and push on knowing my place is confirmed!”

Winner Callum Wilkinson missed out on the time, as did women’s winner Heather Lewis.

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Marathon runners Stephanie Davis and Chris Thompson both set personal bests to secure their spots for Tokyo, the pair among a small number of hand-picked athletes.

Davis only began to take running seriously three years ago and juggles her training with a job in finance but she dominated the women’s race to win in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 16 seconds, inside the qualifying mark and enough to secure an Olympic debut.

Veteran Thompson, who became a father earlier this week, fought back tears as he said: “I knew that if I did it I’d feel a bit emotional but that meant a lot. I can’t believe I’ve done it.”

Ben Connor, who already had the qualifying standard, is also off to Tokyo after finishing second.