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ByCarrie Dunn
19/08/2016 at 14:04 | Updated 19/08/2016 at 14:13
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Team GB race walker Dominic King was disqualified from the 50km race walk following three 'bent knee' warnings.

King was disqualified just before the halfway point while on target for a personal best time.

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The rules of race walking requires the athlete to straighten their supporting leg as soon as it touches the ground - and to keep it straight until it has passed under the body.

There are officials on hand throughout the course to watch race walkers' form. They can issue a yellow paddle - which acts as a warning - or a red paddle if they are convinced the athlete is violating the rules.

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