Alex wins 50km

ROME: Alex Schwazer made a triumphant return from a doping ban to win the 50-kilometre event at the world race walking team championships on Sunday. The victory also secured the Italian a spot in the Olympic Games in Rio later this year. Schwazer was banned for three years and nine months after testing positive for EPO before the 2012 London Games. “It was a really lovely race, with an incredible support,” Schwazer said. “It was maybe one of the best races that I’ve competed in at home, an important race.” The 2008 Olympic champion showed no signs of a near four-year absence from competition as he stormed to victory in Rome, with a time of three hours 39 minutes, the second best time of the year. Australian Jared Tallent, who became Olympic champion in March after Russia’s Sergey Kirdyapkin was stripped of the 2012 title for doping, was second, three minutes, 36 seconds behind Schwazer. Ukrainian athlete Igor Glavan was third, 5:02 behind. Italy claimed the team prize ahead of Ukraine, while Spain took bronze.