Race walker Montag claims Games Gold, adds to Australia’s Golden Legacy in Racewalking

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The Gold Coast 2018 20km gold medallist has won her second Commonwealth Games gold medal in dominating fashion and added to Australia’s golden legacy in racewalking.

Jemima Montag has continued Australia’s long dominance of Commonwealth Games race walking with a commanding victory in the women’s 10,000m event.

The 24-year-old won the 20km title on the Gold Coast four years ago and added the shorter distance title, which was making its Games debut, by claiming a comfortable victory in 42 minutes 34.

30 seconds ahead of India’s Priyanka and Kenya’s Emily Ngii.

It was the seventh women’s Games walking gold for Australia and the 14th overall.

Montag was content to sit in behind Priyanka and Ngii early in the race and made her move at the halfway mark, bursting away to take a commanding lead.

The Melburnian lapped several opponents on her way to claiming a straight-forward victory.

Fellow Australians Rebecca Henderson and Katie Hayward finished fourth and seventh respectively after being dropped a third of the way through the race.

At the half-hour mark, Hayward received a third yellow card and was required to spend one minute in the penalty zone.

Hayward, who was disqualified from the 20km road walk at the 2019 world championships in Doha, was already a fair way off the medals contenders.

But the penalty scuppered any faint hopes of a late charge.

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