In a momentous display of skill and grit, Isaac Beacroft of Australia carved his name into the annals of race walking lore by seizing the inaugural title at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Antalya 24 on Sunday (21). At just 16 years old, Beacroft delivered a stellar performance, showcasing exceptional closing speed to outpace his competitors in a captivating finale to the U20 men’s 10km event.

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With an impressive time of 39:56, Beacroft shattered the Oceanian U20 record as he crossed the finish line at the Antalya Expo Centre. His remarkable feat not only halted China’s quest for a fifth consecutive individual victory in the event but also marked him as the youngest-ever winner of an U20 title at these prestigious championships. Despite facing stiff competition, Beacroft’s unwavering resolve propelled him to triumph, leaving an indelible mark on the global stage.

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In a closely fought race, China’s Shi Shengji secured the silver medal with a time of 39:57, closely trailed by his compatriot Luo Jiawei, who claimed bronze in 40:03. Together, they propelled China to team gold, underscoring their nation’s prowess in the sport. Meanwhile, Japan, led by Sotaro Osaka’s fourth-place finish, clinched team silver, while Australia celebrated Beacroft’s historic win along with a bronze team medal.

The race unfolded on a serene morning following a tumultuous previous day. Initially led by Germany’s Frederick Weigel, the pace intensified as the contenders jostled for position. Despite his relative inexperience in road races, Beacroft emerged as a formidable contender, holding his ground amidst the frontrunners.


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As the race neared its climax, Beacroft strategically positioned himself for a decisive surge. With impeccable timing, he unleashed a burst of speed in the closing stages, surging past his rivals to claim the coveted gold medal.

Reflecting on his monumental achievement, Beacroft expressed his elation, stating, “I’m just amazed, I can’t believe it. I’m so happy with what I just did.” His triumph not only marks a personal milestone but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring race walkers worldwide.

As the curtain falls on this exhilarating championship, Beacroft’s victory stands as a testament to the tenacity and determination required to scale the heights of athletic excellence.