2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 50 kilometres walk

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The men's 50 kilometre walk at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics took place on August 21, 2009 on the streets of Berlin, Germany. The event started and finished at the Brandenburg Gate.

Prior to the competition, previous winners did not appear to be medal prospects: the defending world champion Nathan Deakes missed the competition due to injury, and the reigning Olympic champion Alex Schwazer had failed to finish his sole 50 km race of the season. Frenchman Yohann Diniz, as the European Champion, was expected to perform well. The Russian team of world record holder Denis Nizhegorodov, Yuriy Andronov and former world champion Sergey Kirdyapkin appeared to be the strongest. Norwegians Erik Tysse and Trond Nymark were possible medallists as were Jesús Ángel García and Jared Tallent. Zhao Chengliang, Li Lei, and Xu Faguang were suggested as candidates to win the Chinese team's first medal of the championships.[1]

The final began in wet conditions, but Yuki Yamazaki and Luke Adams built up a considerable early lead. Tallent and Diniz caught up with them around the 5 km mark, but a large pack of walkers containing a number of contenders remained not far off the leaders. After the first hour, a six-strong pack of Nizhegorodov and Kirdyapkin, Tallent and Adams, and Yamazaki and Diniz had broken away from the rest. At the halfway point Yamazaki, after receiving a number of warnings, was disqualified and Schwazer decided to prematurely stop his own race. The remaining five stayed in contention until the 40 km mark, where Nizhegorodov pulled out, and Diniz and Adams began to drift away from the leaders. Kirdyapkin sped ahead of Tallent and Trond Nymark had a late burst and caught up with the leaders. Kirdyapkin won, almost three minutes ahead of the rest of the competition, and Nymark took second. García, with a late charge, was not far behind and won the bronze medal.[2]

The 2005 World Champion Kirdyapkin won his second title with a world-leading 3:38:35, the second fastest time of his career after his 2005 winning walk. It marked a racewalk Championship sweep for the Russians, with all three winners being coached by Viktor Chegin.[3] Nymark won the first World Championship medal of career with a new Norwegian record, and veteran García won the fourth medal of his career, although his last came in 2001. A number of athletes set personal bests, including fourth placed Grzegorz Sudoł, but the season's fastest walkers had not performed well with Matej Tóth and Diniz finishing in tenth and twelfth, respectively.[2]

On January 15, 2015, Kirdyapkin's results were disqualified for doping violations.[4] Most of Chegin's athletes have received similar bans. On July 6, 2016, Nymark will receive the gold medal in a full ceremony at the 2016 European Athletics Championships.[5]


Gold Silver Bronze
Trond Nymark
Jesús Angel García
Grzegorz Sudoł


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


Prior to the competition, the following records were as follows.

World record  Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS) 3:34:14 Cheboksary, Russia 11 May 2008
Championship record  Robert Korzeniowski (POL) 3:36:03 Paris, France 27 August 2003
World leading  Yohann Diniz (FRA) 3:38:45 Dudince, Slovakia 28 March 2009
African record  Hatem Ghoula (TUN) 3:58:44 Santa Eulària des Riu, Spain 4 March 2007
Asian record  Yu Chaohong (CHN) 3:36:06 Nanjing, China 22 October 2005
North American record  Raúl González (MEX) 3:41:20 Poděbrady, Czechoslovakia 11 June 1978
South American record  Xavier Moreno (ECU) 3:52:07 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 28 July 2007
European record  Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS) 3:34:14 Cheboksary, Russia 11 May 2008
Oceanian record  Nathan Deakes (AUS) 3:35:47 Geelong, Australia 2 December 2006

No new records was set during this competition.

Qualification standards[edit]

Standard A Standard B
3:58:00 4:09:00


Date Time Round
August 21, 2009 09:10 Final


Olympic medallist Jared Tallent fell away from the top three in the final stages.
Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Sergey Kirdyapkin  Russia 3:38:35 DQ (Doping)
1st, gold medalist(s) Trond Nymark  Norway 3:41:16 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jesús Ángel García  Spain 3:41:37 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Grzegorz Sudoł  Poland 3:42:34 PB
4 André Höhne  Germany 3:43:19 PB
5 Luke Adams  Australia 3:43:39 PB
6 Jared Tallent  Australia 3:44:50 SB
7 Marco De Luca  Italy 3:46:31 PB
8 Jarkko Kinnunen  Finland 3:47:36 PB
9 Matej Tóth  Slovakia 3:48:35
10 Xu Faguang  China 3:48:52 PB
11 Yohann Diniz  France 3:49:03
12 Jesús Sánchez  Mexico 3:50:55 PB
13 Donatas Škarnulis  Lithuania 3:50:56 SB
14 Zhao Chengliang  China 3:53:06
15 Oleksiy Shelest  Ukraine 3:54:03 PB
16 Tadas Šuškevicius  Lithuania 3:54:29 PB
17 Koichiro Morioka  Japan 3:56:21
18 Horacio Nava  Mexico 3:56:26 SB
19 Herve Davaux  France 3:57:10 PB
20 Andreas Gustafsson  Sweden 3:57:53 PB
21 Rafał Augustyn  Poland 3:58:30
22 Augusto Cardoso  Portugal 3:59:10 SB
23 Miloš Bátovský  Slovakia 3:59:39
24 Li Lei  China 4:00:13
25 Mikel Odriozola  Spain 4:00:54
26 Cedric Houssaye  France 4:02:44 SB
27 Diego Cafagna  Italy 4:08:04
28 José Alejandro Cambil  Spain 4:13:14
29 Mesías Zapata  Ecuador 4:15:28
30 Luis Fernando García  Guatemala 4:18:13 SB
Takayuki Tanii  Japan DQ
Yuki Yamazaki  Japan DQ
Omar Zepeda  Mexico DQ
Mário dos Santos  Brazil DNF
Marco Benavides  El Salvador DNF
Konstadínos Stefanópoulos  Greece DNF
Jamie Costin  Ireland DNF
Colin Griffin  Ireland DNF
Alex Schwazer  Italy DNF
Ingus Janevics  Latvia DNF
Konstadínos Stefanópoulos  Greece DNF
Erik Tysse  Norway DNF
Rafał Fedaczyński  Poland DNF
António Pereira  Portugal DNF
Yuriy Andronov  Russia DNF
Denis Nizhegorodov  Russia DNF
Nenad Filipović  Serbia DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish, DQ = Disqualified, NR = National record, PB = Personal best, SB = Seasonal best, WL = World leading (in a given season)


  1. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-09). Men's 50 Kilometres Race Walk - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-25.
  2. ^ a b Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-21). Event Report - Men's 50km Race Walk - Final Archived August 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-25.
  3. ^ Powell, David (2009-08-21). Kirdyapkin clinches three-for-three for coach Chegin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-25.
  4. ^ "Информация о дисквалификации: легкая атлетика" (in Russian). Russian Anti-Doping Agency. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.athleticsweekly.com/featured/cheated-athletes-to-receive-world-gold-medal-ceremony-at-european-championships-44496/