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Spain's Martin and Perez claim 20km walk titles in Berlin

Alvaro Martin won the 20km men's walk ahead of his Spanish compatriot Garcia Carrera at the European championships in Berlin on Saturday, with another Spaniard Maria Perez claiming the women's title.

Spain's Alvaro Martin poses with the national flag after winning the men's 20km walk final race during the European Athletics Championships in Berlin on August 11, 2018.
Spain's Alvaro Martin poses with the national flag after winning the men's 20km walk final race during the European Athletics Championships in Berlin on August 11, 2018. (AFP)

Alvaro Martin won the 20km men's walk ahead of his Spanish compatriot Garcia Carrera at the European championships in Berlin on Saturday, with another Spaniard Maria Perez claiming the women's title.

Martin timed 1 hour 20 minutes 42 seconds with Carrera just six seconds behind and Russian Vasiliy Mizino taking bronze in 1hr 20:50.

Mizino was one of a group of athletes allowed to compete under a neutral flag despite the ongoing ban on Russian athletes in the wake of a major doping and corruption scandal in 2015.

The women's 20km walk, delayed due to a burst gas main on the circuit, was won by Perez who timed 1hr 26.36 to beat Anezka Drahotova of the Czech Republic who took silver in 1hr 27.03.

In third came Italian Antonella Palmisano (1hr 27.30)