Nathan Deakes - Dynamo
PowerServe's dynamo Deakes
Nathan Deakes has got the world at his feet, literally.

The 23-year-old race walker, from Leopold, stamped his mark on the athletics world yesterday with a remarkable performance in the Olympic 50km event, arguably an event as tough as the marathon.

Making his Olympic debut, Deakes was the first Australian home in the event, entering Stadium Australia to thunderous applause as he made his way to the finish line in sixth place.

In doing so he cut a mammoth five minutes off his best time as he recorded 3hrs 47.29m.

His effort came just a week after the 20km, in which he was also the first Australian home, this time in eighth position.

“Two top-eight finishes in my first Olympics…it’s beyond my wildest dreams,” Deakes said.

“The last 10km was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I was in a lot of pain.”

Meanwhile the pivotal role of judges was again highlighted yesterday when eight men were disqualified from the 50km walk.

Judges only recorded one warning against winner of the race, Poland’s Robert Korzeniowski, for bending his knee.

However a photograph taken during the race shows Korzeniowski lifting his feet, another offence which can lead to eventual disqualification.

On Thursday Australian Jan Saville had her Olympic dream shattered when she was disqualified for lifting her feet as she entered the Olympic Stadium leading the race.

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