Watching a race walk from the middle of the course often makes it difficult to get a sense of pace. Instead, one tends to judge people by relative pace. Great Brittan's Bosworth appeared to be hammering it forward, even though he looked relaxed. I was suprised that his pace wasn't quicker, but the field continued to play the race conservatively.
Smaller packs formed behing the lead pack, all at a blistering pace.
As you can see in the background, the judges were busy early. While there were a few blatent bend knees from the crowd, again I was shocked at the number of bent knee calls especially this early in a 20km.
Ukraine's Igor Glavan leading his own pack.
Likewise is teammate Nazar Kovalenko.
Slovakia's Anton Kucmin on his 3rd lap.