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Race walker hoping to go for glory at London 2017

Tom Bosworth can walk faster than most of us can run. The British Olympic race walker can walk 10mph and cover 5km in just 18 minutes.

Tom Bosworth

He told ITV London he hopes it is quick enough to earn him a place on the podium at London 2017 this summer.

The ultimate dream is to win a medal and a World Athletics Championship in front of a home crowd. My target is to back up my top eight finish from Rio Olympics and to get a medal.

– Tom Bosworth, race walker

The race walk is being held on the Mall in London on August 13th. The athletes competing in the 20km race will complete ten laps of the circuit around Buckingham Palace.

Thousands will line the route - and millions more will be watching at home - but it's the race officials who he fears the most, as the rules are incredible strict when determining what is walking, and what is running.

There's two parts to the rule that the judges on the race course look out for. One is that you have to land with a straight leg and so there's no knee drive which you get in running and the other part is maintaining contact with the ground.

That's kind of having one foot on the ground at all times. There's a little bit of lee way with that so we can have both feet off the ground for a very short space of time but if the judges can see it then we'll be disqualified.

– Tom Bosworth, race walker

Tom had a memorable 2016; he proposed to his partner in Rio and he finished the Olympic race walk in a respectable sixth place.

The 27-year-old will find out on July 11th if he's been selected. As Britain's number one race walker, he is expected to be on the starting line.