10 kilometres race walk

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10-kilometer walk
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Men's racewalk. Walker at right appears to be illegal in that both feet are off the ground, but an infraction is only committed when loss of contact is visible to the human eye.[1]
Men's records
World Russia Roman Rasskazov 37:11 (2000)

The 10 kilometres race walk, or 10-kilometer racewalk, is a racewalking event. The event is competed as a road race. Athletes must always keep in contact with the ground and the supporting leg must remain straight until the raised leg passes it. 10 kilometers is 6.21 miles.[2]


Timothy Seaman, U.S. record holder

It was introduced at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm for men, and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for women.[3] It is no longer an Olympic event for women, having been changed to 20 km in 1999, though it is run in some international competitions.[3][4]

World records[edit]

On May 28, 2000, Roman Rasskazov of Russia set a new 10-km race walk world record in Saransk in a time of 37:11.[5] The all-time women's 10-km race-walk record is held by Yelena Nikolayeva of Russia, at 41:04.[6]

U.S. records[edit]

On April 20, 2004, Timothy Seaman set the new U.S. 10-km walk record of 39:22.7 in Storetveitmarsje, Norway.[7] On August 7, 1995, Michelle Rohl set the U.S. 10-km walk record of 44:17 in Göteborg, Sweden.[7]

Olympic medalists[edit]


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1912 Stockholm
 George Goulding (CAN)  Ernest Webb (GBR)  Fernando Altimani (ITA)
1920 Antwerp
 Ugo Frigerio (ITA)  Joseph Pearman (USA)  Charles Gunn (GBR)
1924 Paris
 Ugo Frigerio (ITA)  Gordon Goodwin (GBR)  Cecil McMaster (RSA)
1928–1936 not included in the Olympic program
1948 London
 John Mikaelsson (SWE)  Ingemar Johansson (SWE)  Fritz Schwab (SUI)
1952 Helsinki
 John Mikaelsson (SWE)  Fritz Schwab (SUI)  Bruno Junk (URS)


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1992 Barcelona
 Chen Yueling (CHN)  Yelena Nikolayeva (EUN)  Li Chunxiu (CHN)
1996 Atlanta
 Yelena Nikolayeva (RUS)  Elisabetta Perrone (ITA)  Wang Yan (CHN)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Belson, Ken. "One Step at a Time? It’s More Complicated Than That" New York Times (August 10, 2012)
  2. ^ "Kilometers to Miles Conversion Calculator and Table – Convert Kilometers (km) to Miles". Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Peter Matthews (March 22, 2012). Historical Dictionary of Track and Field. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Peter Matthews (March 22, 2012). Historical Dictionary of Track and Field. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "All-time men's best 10 km road walk". www.alltime-athletics.com. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "All-time women's best 10000m road race-walk". www.alltime-athletics.com. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Statistics – Records". USATF. January 17, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013.