2007 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 20 kilometres walk

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Events at the
2007 World Championships
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
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100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
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3000 m
men women
4×100 m relay men women
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Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
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Triple jump men women
High jump men women
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Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The men's 20 kilometres walk event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics took place on August 26, 2007 in the streets of Osaka, Japan.

The event saw some controversy as Paquillo Fernández, who finished second after overtaking Hatem Ghoula in the final straight, was disqualified after the race for lifting. However, following an appeal by the Spanish team the same day, video evidence was examined and Fernández was found to have walked in compliance with the rules. He was thus re-awarded the silver medal.

Jefferson Pérez became the first race walker to win three World Championship gold medals. Also, Fernández won his third consecutive silver medal. Hatem Ghoula became the first African race walker to win a World Championship medal.


Gold Ecuador Jefferson Pérez (ECU)
Silver Spain Paquillo Fernández (ESP)
Bronze Tunisia Hatem Ghoula (TUN)


  • All times shown are in hours:minutes:seconds
DNS did not start
NM no mark
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best


Standing records prior to the 2007 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Jefferson Pérez (ECU) 1:17.21 August 23, 2003 France Paris, France
Event Record



Final ranking[edit]

Rank Athlete Time Note
1st, gold medalist(s) Ecuador Jefferson Pérez (ECU) 1:22:20  
2nd, silver medalist(s) Spain Paquillo Fernández (ESP) 1:22:40  
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tunisia Hatem Ghoula (TUN) 1:22:40  
4 Mexico Eder Sánchez (MEX) 1:23:36  
5 Italy Giorgio Rubino (ITA) 1:23:39  
6 Republic of Ireland Robert Heffernan (IRL) 1:23:42  
7 Australia Luke Adams (AUS) 1:23:52  
8 Norway Erik Tysse (NOR) 1:24:10  
9 Russia Ilya Markov (RUS) 1:24:35  
10 Italy Alex Schwazer (ITA) 1:24:39 SB
11 Japan Koichiro Morioka (JPN) 1:24:46  
12 Ecuador Rolando Saquipay (ECU) 1:25:03  
13 China Li Gaobo (CHN) 1:25:30  
14 Slovakia Matej Tóth (SVK) 1:25:57  
15 South Korea Park Chil-Sung (KOR) 1:26:08  
16 Spain Juan Manuel Molina (ESP) 1:26:26  
17 Poland Benjamin Kuciński (POL) 1:26:43  
18 Ukraine Andriy Kovenko (UKR) 1:26:44  
19 Japan Akihiro Sugimoto (JPN) 1:26:45  
20 South Korea Kim Hyun-sup (KOR) 1:26:51  
21 Japan Takayuki Tanii (JPN) 1:26:53  
22 Colombia Luis Fernando López (COL) 1:27:22  
23 Mexico Benjamin Sánchez (MEX) 1:27:29  
24 Tunisia Hassanine Sebei (TUN) 1:27:35  
25 Portugal João Vieira (POR) 1:27:44  
26 Poland Rafał Augustyn (POL) 1:27:54  
27 Belarus Ivan Trotski (BLR) 1:27:56  
28 United States Kevin Eastler (USA) 1:28:29  
29 China Han Yucheng (CHN) 1:31:58  
30 China Dong Jimin (CHN) 1:32:03  
31 United States Timothy Seaman (USA) 1:33:58  
32 Serbia Predrag Filipović (SRB) 1:35:51  
Australia Jared Tallent (AUS) DSQ  
Mexico Gabriel Ortiz (MEX) DSQ  
Ecuador Andrés Chocho (ECU) DSQ  
Italy Ivano Brugnetti (ITA) DSQ  
Mexico Daniel García (MEX) DSQ  
Russia Igor Erokhin (RUS) DSQ  
Colombia Gustavo Restrepo (COL) DSQ  
Russia Valeriy Borchin (RUS) DNF  
Portugal Sérgio Vieira (POR) DNF  
Germany André Höhne (GER) DNF  

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