2011 IAAF Race Walking Challenge

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The 2011 IAAF Race Walking Challenge was the 9th edition of the annual international race walking competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Ten meetings were scheduled for the competition: the race walk events at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, five IAAF permit meetings, and four area permit meetings.[1]

Athletes who gained enough points from competing at these meetings were entered into the IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final, where they competed for a total pot of US $200,000 in prize money.[1] Reigning Olympic champions Valeriy Borchin and Olga Kaniskina won the final race and the series.[2]


The following ten meetings, as well as the competition final, formed the schedule of the 2011 Race Walking Challenge.[3] The "A" category meetings are worth the most points, with progressively fewer points being available through the "B" and "C" categories.[1]

Date Meeting Category Events Venue Country Report
19 February Australian 20k Racewalking Championships C 20 km (Men/Women) Hobart  Australia [4]
5 March IAAF Permit Chihuahua C 20 km (Men/Women)
50 km (Men)
Chihuahua  Mexico [5]
20 March Gran Premio Citta di Lugano – Memorial Mario Albisetti C 20 km (Men/Women) Lugano   Switzerland [6]
26 March Dudinska 50-ka C 10 km (Women)
20 km (Men)
50 km (Men)
Dudince  Slovakia [7]
9 April Grande Premio Internacional en Marcha Atletica B 20 km (Men/Women) Rio Maior  Portugal [8]
22 April IAAF Permit Taicang B 10 km (Men/Women) Taicang  China [9]
1 May Coppa Città di Sesto San Giovanni B 20 km (Men/Women) Sesto San Giovanni  Italy [10]
26 June Dublin International Racewalking GP C 20 km (Men/Women) Dublin  Ireland [11]
27 August – 4 September 2011 World Championships in Athletics A 20 km (Men/Women)
50 km (Men)
Daegu  South Korea [12][13][14]
17 September IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final B 10 km (Men/Women) La Coruña  Spain [15]


# Meeting Men's winners Women's winners
10 km 20 km 50 km 10 km 20 km
1 Australia Hobart  Jared Tallent (AUS)  Claire Tallent (AUS)
2 Mexico Chihuahua  Eder Sánchez (MEX)  José Leyver (MEX)  Inês Henriques (POR)
3 Switzerland Lugano  Wang Zhen (CHN)  Liu Hong (CHN)
4 Slovakia Dudince  Andriy Kovenko (UKR)  Matej Tóth (SVK)  Olive Loughnane (IRL)
5 Portugal Rio Maior  Valeriy Borchin (RUS)  Olga Kaniskina (RUS)
6 China Taicang  Wang Zhen (CHN)  Si Tianfeng (CHN)  Liu Hong (CHN)
7 Italy Sesto San Giovanni  Valeriy Borchin (RUS)  Olga Kaniskina (RUS)
8 Republic of Ireland Dublin  Wang Zhen (CHN)  Antti Kempas (FIN)  Liu Hong (CHN)
9 South Korea Daegu  Valeriy Borchin (RUS)  Sergey Bakulin (RUS)  Olga Kaniskina (RUS)
10 Spain La Coruña  Valeriy Borchin (RUS)  Olga Kaniskina (RUS)
Overall points winner TBD TBD


  1. ^ a b c 2011 IAAF World Race Walking Challenge Handbook. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  2. ^ Warburton, Paul (30 December 2011). 2011 IAAF World Race Walking Challenge REVIEW - Borchin and Kaniskina take leading roles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
  3. ^ 2011 Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  4. ^ Johnson, Len (19 February 2011). Tallents open 2011 with Australian 20Km titles in Hobart -IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  5. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (6 March 2011). Portuguese sweep in the women’s 20km, Sanchez and Ojeda give double win to Mexico - IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (21 March 2011). Chinese dominate in Lugano. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-23.
  7. ^ Juck, Alfons (27 March 2011). Toth sets 50km road world lead 3:39:46. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-28.
  8. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (9 April 2011). Borchin and Kaniskina on cruise control in Rio Maior – IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  9. ^ Jalava, Mirko (22 April 2011). Chinese dominate in Taicang 20Km Race Walks – IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-24.
  10. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (1 May 2011). Borchin and Kaniskina dominate in Sesto San Giovanni – IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  11. ^ Warburton, Paul (27 June 2011). Victories go to China and Finland in Dublin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  12. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (28 August 2011). Men's 20Km Race Walk - Final - Borchin retains World title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  13. ^ Johnson, Len (3 September 2011). Men's 50Km Race Walk - Final - Bakulin leads Russian 1-2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  14. ^ Martin, David (31 August 2011). Kaniskina rockets to third successive gold medal with runaway win. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
  15. ^ Warburton, Paul (17 September 2011). Borchin and Kaniskina cruise to victories in La Coruna - IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.

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