Yohann Diniz

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Yohann Diniz
Yohann Diniz Zurich 2014.jpg
Personal information
Born (1978-01-01) January 1, 1978 (age 37)
Épernay, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport
Country  France
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 50km Race Walk

Yohann Diniz (born 1 January 1978) is a French race walker. He is the current world-record holder for the 50 km race, with a time of 3:32:33, and for the 50,000 metres track walk, with a time of 3:35:27.

Career[edit]

He won the gold medal in the 50 km race at the 2006 European Championships in a personal best time of 3:41:39 hours. He then repeated the feat at the 2010 European Championships in a personal best time of 3:40:37 hours.

In 2007 Diniz won the European Race Walking Cup at Royal Leamington Spa with a French record time of 1:18.58 hours. He then won the silver medal in the 50 km race at the 2007 World Championships.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing on an extremely humid day, Diniz was forced to withdraw from the 50km walking race after about 30km from the starting line because of pain in the stomach and thigh.

In 2009, he achieved the world's best performance for the 50km walk - 3hr 38 min 45 sec.

He set a world record time of 3:35:27 in the 50,000 metres track walk in March 2011, defeating Thierry Toutain's previous world mark, set in 2000, by more than five minutes.[1]

At 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Diniz was disqualified from the 50km walk for three red cards.[2]

Diniz improved his 20 km walk time to 1:17:43 hours at the Memorial Mario Albisetti in March 2012, placing second behind Alex Schwazer.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Diniz was disqualified from the 50km walk immediately after his arrival at the finish line in eighth position for taking a bottle of water at the 38th kilometer mark outside a zone provided for water replenishments.[4]

At the 2014 European Athletics Championships, Diniz set a new World Record for the 50km walk in 3:32:33, 1 minute 41 seconds seconds faster than the previous record despite stopping to ask for a Portuguese flag - in homage to his late Portuguese grandmother - to wave a few hundred metres from the finishing line. See Video on YouTube

At the 2015 French national Walk Championships in Arles, on 8 March 2015, Diniz set a new World Record for the 20km walk in 1:17:02. His record only lasted a week. Before it could be officially ratified, it was surpassed by Yusuke Suzuki. While Diniz was uninvolved, the preceding claimants to the record have a checkered past. The official ratified record was 1:17:16 by Vladimir Kanaykin from September 29, 2007. Kanaykin's record was surpassed in June 2008, by training partner Sergei Morozov. Both Kanaykin and Morozov along with two others from the Viktor Chegin coached training group were caught in an April 2008 doping test, annulling Morozov's record after that date, reverting to Kanaykin's mark because he had not yet been caught 7 months earlier. Both Russian athletes have subsequently been banned for life following a second doping violation.

Performance at major championships[edit]

Representing  France
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
2003 European Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 40th 20 km 1:31:45
2004 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Naumburg, Germany 40th 20 km 1:24:28
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland DQ 50 km
European Race Walking Cup Miskolc, Hungary 4th 50km 3:45:17
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 50 km 3:41:39 PB
2007 European Race Walking Cup Royal Leamington Spa, England 1st 20km 1:18.58 NR
World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 50 km 3:44:22
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China DNF 50 km
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th 50 km 3:49:03
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 50 km 3:40:37 PB
IAAF World Championships Chihuahua, Mexico DNF 20 km
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea DQ 50 km
2012 Olympic Games London, England DQ 50 km
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 10th[5] 50 km 3:45:18
European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 1st 50km 3:41:07
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 50 km 3:32:33 WR
2015 French national Championships Arles, France 1st 20 km 1:17:02 WR

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warburton, Paul (2011-03-12). Rolling Stones and champagne accompany World 50,000m race walk track record for Diniz. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  2. ^ "Diniz, la poisse!". Sport24. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-03-19). Schwazer clocks sensational 1:17:30 in Lugano. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  4. ^ "Diniz, la poisse!". Sport24. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "RESULTS 14TH IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RUSSIA MOSKVA (LUZHNIKI), RUSSIA 10 AUG 2013 - 18 AUG 2013". IAAF. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Denis Nizhegorodov
Men's 50 km walk world record holder
August 15, 2014 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Vladimir Kanaykin
Men's 20 km walk world record holder
March 8, 2015 – March 15, 2015
Succeeded by
Yusuke Suzuki