The initial pace was not blistering. With the Yusuke Suzuki world record of 1:16:36 and the Olympic record of 1:18:46 set by Ding Chen of China in the previous games, one might be surprised at an initial pace of over 4:00 per kilometer. However, the Olympics are a different kind of race. For most, it's not about a PR, but position and ~20 walkers were vying for a spot on the podium.
Although the weather cooperated, it's never easy to walk at just over 4:00 per kilometer.
Close to 2km Hyunsub Kim came through with a 8:13 first 2K and a 3 second lead on the pack
The rest of the pack were content to let the kilometers click by for now.
I always enjoy watching hordes of elite race walkers, but given the course all I felt was pity.
By 3km we had a new leader, in a bold move Great Brittan's Tom Bosworth took to the front.
Just behind Bosworth was Kenya's Samuel Ireri Gathimba moving into 2nd.
Canada's Benjamin Thorne lead ever changing lead pack just a few seconds behind.