Commonwealth Games: Alana Barber wins silver in 20km race walk

  • 08/04/2018
The race walker won New Zealand's 13th medal.
The race walker won New Zealand's 13th medal. Photo credit: Gettty Images

Race walker Alana Barber has won silver in the women's 20km race walk at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after race leader Claire Tallent was disqualified.           

The Australian front-runner was disqualified just 2km from the finish after receiving her third red card.

Compatriot Jemima Montag eased through to take gold in one hour 32 minutes 50 seconds, with Barber just over a minute behind.            

"It Feel pretty damn good," she told 1news after the race. 

"I didn't expect that. I just went into it thinking about my own race and what I needed to do.

"With 5km to go I felt my legs cramping up, was really worried. A Kiwi guys said 'you just need to keep going'. I knew if I did I knew I'd get a good result.

"At one stage the three Aussies went in front of me, and I expected that. I've done a lot of preparation in heat and humidity so I was prepared.

"On the start line I was freezing, so I knew it would take me time to warm up."

Barber's win takes New Zealand's medal tally to 13.

Earlier, fellow Kiwi Quentin Rew finished fifth in the men's 20km race walk.