Tokyo: Yusuke Suzuki smashed the week-old 20 kilometre race walk world record by 26 seconds on Sunday at the Asian Race Walking Championships in his home town of Nomi, central Japan.
Suzuki, who explains his name to foreigners by making the sound of a revving motorbike and is known for his explosive start, set a new record time of 1hr 16mins 36secs.
That obliterated the record of 1hr 17 mins 02secs set by France`s Yohann Diniz in the national championships in Arles, southern France, on March 8.
The 27-year-old went out quicker than he had ever done before, passing 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) in 22 mins 53secs and went through the half-way mark in a national 10 kilometre record of 38mins 05secs.
Suzuki, who managed only 36th at the 2012 London Olympics, took the Asian title for the third time.