ZURICH (AP) — Yohann Diniz of France set a world record in the 50-kilometer walk at the European Championships on Friday.
Walking the early part of the race through driving rain, the defending champion finished in 3 hours, 32 minutes, 33 seconds to win the title for a third time. He broke the record of 3:34.14, set in 2008 by Russia's Denis Nizhegordov.
Slovakia's Matej Toth finished second, more than three minutes behind Diniz. Ivan Noskov of Russia took bronze.
Diniz' compatriot Mahiedine Mekhissi qualified for Sunday's 1,500-meter final, a day after he was stripped of his steeplechase gold for taking his shirt off in celebration before crossing the finish line.