China showcased its prowess in race walking at the Korzeniowski Warsaw Race Walking Cup, securing double victories with impressive performances from Qian Haifeng and Liu Hong.

In a thrilling men’s 20km race, Qian Haifeng emerged as the breakout star, seizing victory in a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 5 seconds. His remarkable win marked a significant milestone in his career, demonstrating his growing prowess in the sport. Notably, Qian’s triumph denied defending champion Caio Bonfim a consecutive victory in the Polish capital, showcasing the rising talent within the Chinese race-walking contingent.

Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Liu Hong once again proved her dominance with yet another remarkable victory. Clocking in at 1 hour, 27 minutes, and 33 seconds, Liu showcased her unparalleled skill and determination, further solidifying her status as one of the sport’s most formidable athletes. Despite facing fierce competition, including Australia’s Jemima Montag and Poland’s Katarzyna Zdzieblo, Liu maintained her composure and surged ahead to claim the top spot on the podium.

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The race witnessed an intense battle among the competitors, with each athlete pushing their limits under challenging conditions. As temperatures soared to 24°C, the athletes displayed incredible resilience, withstanding the grueling course with unwavering determination.

In the women’s race, Montag initially took the lead, setting a formidable pace. However, Liu Hong soon asserted her dominance, reclaiming the lead and maintaining a steady rhythm throughout the race. Despite facing formidable opponents, including former Olympic champion Qieyang Shijie, Liu remained focused, ultimately crossing the finish line in triumph.

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Similarly, in the men’s event, Qian Haifeng showcased exceptional strength and endurance, surging ahead in the final kilometers to secure a remarkable victory. Despite facing stiff competition from Bonfim and two-time world champion Toshikazu Yamanishi, Qian maintained his pace, ultimately clinching the gold medal in a thrilling finish.


The Korzeniowski Warsaw Race Walking Cup served as a testament to China’s growing dominance in race walking, with Qian Haifeng and Liu Hong leading the charge with their outstanding performances. As the athletes set their sights on future competitions, including the upcoming Paris Olympics, they remain determined to continue their legacy of excellence on the global stage.