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Courageous Oosthuizen places last in Rio

2016-08-20 10:16
Anél Oosthuizen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - In a tribute to the spirit of the Olympics, South African race walker, Anel Oosthuizen, finished her race despite spending much of the 20km women's final at the tail of the field.

Olympic founder Pierre de Coubertin did say after all: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well."

Oosthuizen finished the race in a time of 1:45:06 to be classified 63rd and be the last of the competitors to finish.

China completed a double medal swoop as Liu Hong narrowly pipped Mexico's Maria Gonzalez, while her compatriot Lu Xiuzhi came in third to claim the bronze.

It was a very tight finish for China's Hong who completed the course in 1:28:35 just two seconds ahead of Gonzalez.

Kenya's Grace Wanjiru Njue was the top placed African competitor, finishing 42nd with a time of 1:37:49.

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