Italy’s Alex Schwazer has had to give up on his quest to win both the 20km and 50km Race Walk titles
Schwazer has pulled out of the men’s 20km event in order to concentrate on defending his Olympic 50km title.
He made the decision after suffering from a bout of flu, which had prevented him from training for three days.
Italy’s technical director Francesco Uguagliati said: ‘There is no reason to worry. Alex just prefers not to expend too much energy.
‘After discussions with his coach, Michele Didoni, he has decided not to attempt the double and has pulled out of the 20km race, which is less suited to his talents.’