Olympic Walking Test Event Hampered by Extreme Heat

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first athletics Olympic test event took place this Sunday, February 28th. Under the blazing Brazilian sun athletes sweated it out in the 2016 Brazil Race Walk Cup at the Pontal, west of Barra da Tijuca. The competition was part of the South American Championships which began on Saturday.

Many of the walkers failed to finish as they were floored by the heat. Despite starting the 50km marathon race at 6.30 AM only seven of the eighteen competitors made it across the finish line as they battled against thirty . . .

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