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Commonwealth Games 2010: Jackson wins 20k walk gold

2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Find full coverage details here. And a full schedule of events here.

Jo Jackson

England's Jackson storms to walking gold

Jo Jackson won England's 20th gold of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi with victory in the women's 20k race.

Middlesbrough-born Jackson became the first British woman to win a major race walk title, ending Australian dominance in the event at recent Games.

The 25-year-old Leeds Metropolitan University student clocked a winning time of one hour 34 minutes 22 seconds.

Claire Tallent, whose husband Jared won the men's event, took silver with England's Lisa Kehler in fourth.

It was a sweet victory for Jackson, who was disqualified in last year's World Championships in Berlin.

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"That was amazing - I have dreamt of this moment so often for so long," she said.

"I really put everything into this and I wasn't expecting to win by so much."

Preparation was key, according to Jackson.

"Before going to Doha, I spent three weeks training in a heat chamber at Leeds Metropolitan Carnegie, for an hour a day I walked on a treadmill at 60% humidity and 32C and that definitely helped," she said.

Kehler was content with her fourth-placed finish.

The 43-year-old from Wolverhampton said: "Well I can't argue with that can I? Fourth place with a season's best at my age.

"I did struggle a bit there towards the end because I went so hard in the middle to make up time, but it's not too bad."

Australia's Tallent won the men's race ahead of team-mate Luke Adams while India's Harminder Singh set a new personal best time to take the bronze.

England's Luke Finch was 10th, Tom Bosworth 11th and Alex Wright 13th.



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