2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 20 kilometres walk

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The Women's 20 km Walk event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held throughout the city of Berlin on August 16, beginning and ending at the Brandenburg Gate.

Undefeated since May 2007, the Olympic and World champion Olga Kaniskina was a clear favourite. Russian champion and second fastest of the year Vera Sokolova was predicted as a possible medallist, as were Sabine Krantz and Kjersti Platzer who had both won on the racewalking circuit prior to the competition. Amongst the other fastest athletes before the championships were Russians Anisya Kirdyapkina and Larisa Emelyanova, while Olympic medallist Elisa Rigaudo and Universiade medallist Masumi Fuchise were suggested as other contenders for the podium.[1]

Competing on the course along the Unter den Linden boulevard, German Sabine Krantz led early on, but dropped out halfway into the race, and Norwegian Platzer was disqualified with five kilometres to go. Kaniskina emerged as the clear winner, becoming the first woman to win the racewalking gold in consecutive championships. Forty-nine seconds behind her was the surprise silver medallist Olive Loughnane, who won Ireland's first championship medal since 2003, and her first ever medal at a major championships. Liu Hong took the bronze, while Russian teenager Kirdyapkina took fourth place.[2]

Kaniskina's victory completed a Russian men's and women's 20 km double with Valeriy Borchin, and she received a winner's prize of $60,000 for her achievement. Her win highlighted her success in an event in which she had won an Olympic gold, two World Championships titles, and a gold in the World Cup in just three years.[3]

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


Gold Silver Bronze
Olga Kaniskina
Olive Loughnane
Liu Hong


World record  Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
Championship record  Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
World leading  Olga Kaniskina (RUS) 1:24:56 Adler, Russia 28 February 2009
African record  Susan Vermeulen (RSA) 1:36:18 Mézidon-Canon, France 2 May 1999
Asian record  Wang Yan (CHN) 1:26:22 Guangzhou, China 19 November 2001
North American record  Graciela Mendoza (MEX) 1:30:03 Mézidon-Canon, France 2 May 1999
South American record  Miriam Ramón (ECU) 1:31:25 Lima, Peru 7 May 2005
European record  Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
Oceanian record  Jane Saville (AUS) 1:27:44 Naumburg, Germany 2 May 2004

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
1:33:30 1:38:00


Date Time Round
August 16, 2009 12:00 Final


Olga Kaniskina defended her 20 km walk World Championships title
Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Olga Kaniskina  Russia 1:28:09
2nd, silver medalist(s) Olive Loughnane  Ireland 1:28:58 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Liu Hong  China 1:29:10 SB
4 Anisya Kirdyapkina  Russia 1:30:09
5 Vera Santos  Portugal 1:30:35
6 Beatriz Pascual  Spain 1:30:40
7 Masumi Fuchise  Japan 1:31:15
8 Kristina Saltanovič  Lithuania 1:31:23 SB
9 Elisa Rigaudo  Italy 1:31:52
10 Susana Feitor  Portugal 1:32:04
11 Inês Henriques  Portugal 1:32:51
12 Kumi Otoshi  Japan 1:33:05
13 Larisa Emelyanova  Russia 1:34:31
14 Vera Sokolova  Russia 1:34:35
15 Sniazhana Yurchanka  Belarus 1:34:57
16 Ana Maria Groza  Romania 1:35:19
17 Valentina Trapletti  Italy 1:35:33 SB
18 Yang Mingxia  China 1:35:42
19 Zuzana Schindlerová  Czech Republic 1:35:47
20 Tania Regina Spindler  Brazil 1:35:51
21 Evaggelía Xinoú  Greece 1:35:56
22 Jess Rothwell  Australia 1:36:01
23 Claudia Stef  Romania 1:36:09
24 Brigita Virbalytė  Lithuania 1:36:28
25 Marie Polli   Switzerland 1:36:44
26 Zuzana Malíková  Slovakia 1:37:47
27 Claire Tallent  Australia 1:38:12
28 Agnieszka Dygacz  Poland 1:38:36
29 Alessandra Picagevicz  Brazil 1:38:50
30 Geovana Irusta  Bolivia 1:39:16
31 Chaima Trabelsi  Tunisia 1:39:50
32 Svetlana Tolstaya  Kazakhstan 1:40:41 SB
33 Johana Ordóñez  Ecuador 1:42:27
34 Anamaria Greceanu  Romania 1:43:35
35 Rachel Lavallée  Canada 1:45:45
36 Olha Yakovenko  Ukraine 1:45:55
37 Cristina López  El Salvador 1:47:33 SB
Cheryl Webb  Australia DQ
Johanna Jackson  Great Britain DQ
María Hatzipanayiotídou  Greece DQ
Yang Yawei  China DQ
Monica Svensson  Sweden DQ
Mária Gáliková  Slovakia DQ
Mayumi Kawasaki  Japan DQ
Kjersti Plätzer  Norway DQ
María Vasco  Spain DNF
Teresa Vaill  United States DNF
Sabine Krantz  Germany DNF

DNF = did not finish | DNS = did not start | DQ = disqualification | NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result) | Q = qualification by place in heat | q = qualification by overall place


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  2. ^ Landells, Steve (2009-08-16). Event Report - Women's 20Km Race Walk - Final Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-17.
  3. ^ Powell, David (2009-08-16). Kaniskina follows in Borchin’s footsteps Archived 2009-08-19 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-17.
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  5. ^ http://www.athleticsweekly.com/featured/cheated-athletes-to-receive-world-gold-medal-ceremony-at-european-championships-44496/