2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 20 kilometres walk

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The Men's 20 kilometres walk event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held on August 28 on a loop course starting and finishing at Gukchae - bosang Memorial Park in the center of Daegu. Forty-six men started the competition and 27 countries were represented.

Valeriy Borchin entered as the reigning world and 2008 Olympic champion. The athletes on the Chinese and Russian teams led the rankings that year: Wang Zhen and Chu Yafei were the top two, while Borchin, world record holder Vladimir Kanaykin, and Sergey Morozov were in the top six. Wang Hao, Eder Sánchez and Jared Tallent had also performed well that year, as had Kim Hyun-sub representing the host nation.[1]

Italian Giorgio Rubino and Japan's Yusuke Suzuki were the early leaders after 5 km. The two remained half a minute ahead at 10 km, but Rubino fell off the pace and was later disqualified for lifting both feet off the ground. Borchin and Wang Zhen made up ground on Suzuki and after 15 km Borchin progressively pulled away to win the race and defend his title. In the last 5 km Vladimir Kanaykin and Luis Fernando López finished quickly (some half a minute behind the winner) and came away with the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Wang Zhen held on for fourth and it was Stanislav Emelyanov and Kim Hyun-sub who next crossed the line.[2]

Borchin became only the third walker to win consecutive 20 km world titles, joining Maurizio Damilano and Jefferson Pérez. Although his winning time was not especially quick, the race was undertaken in hot and humid conditions.[3] López's gold was Colombia's first ever medal in the history of the World Championships in Athletics.[2]


Gold Silver Bronze
Luis Fernando López
Wang Zhen
Stanislav Emelyanov


World Record  Vladimir Kanaykin (RUS) 1:17:16 Saransk, Russia 29 September 2007
Championship Record  Jefferson Pérez (ECU) 1:17:21 Paris, France 23 August 2003
World Leading  Wang Zhen (CHN) 1:18:30 Taicang, China 22 April 2011
African Record  Hatem Ghoula (TUN) 1:19:02 Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 10 May 1997
Asian Record  Zhu Hongjun (CHN) 1:17:41 Cixi, China 23 April 2005
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Julio René Martínez (GUA) 1:17:46 Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 8 May 1999
South American record  Jefferson Pérez (ECU) 1:17:21 Paris, France 23 August 2003
European Record  Vladimir Kanaykin (RUS) 1:17:16 Saransk, Russia 29 September 2007
Oceanian record  Nathan Deakes (AUS) 1:17:33 Cixi, China 23 April 2005

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
1:22:30 1:24:00


Date Time Round
August 28, 2011 09:00 Final


KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Luis Fernando López  Colombia 1:20:38 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) Wang Zhen  China 1:20:54
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Stanislav Emelyanov  Russia 1:21:11
6 Kim Hyun-sub  South Korea 1:21:17
7 Ruslan Dmytrenko  Ukraine 1:21:31 SB
8 Yusuke Suzuki  Japan 1:21:39
9 Alex Schwazer  Italy 1:21:50 SB
10 Erick Barrondo  Guatemala 1:22:08
11 Chu Yafei  China 1:22:10
12 Wang Hao  China 1:22:49
13 Matej Tóth  Slovakia 1:22:55
14 Eder Sánchez  Mexico 1:23:05
15 João Vieira  Portugal 1:23:26
16 Miguel Ángel López  Spain 1:23:41
17 Anton Kucmin  Slovakia 1:23:57
18 James Rendón  Colombia 1:24:08 SB
19 Horacio Nava  Mexico 1:24:15
20 Christopher Linke  Germany 1:24:17
21 Caio Bonfim  Brazil 1:24:29
22 Trevor Barron  United States 1:24:33
23 Rafał Augustyn  Poland 1:24:47
24 Byun Youngjun  South Korea 1:24:48
25 Hassanine Sebei  Tunisia 1:25:17
26 Jared Tallent  Australia 1:25:25
27 Recep Çelik  Turkey 1:25:39
28 Nazar Kovalenko  Ukraine 1:25:50
29 Gurmeet Singh  India 1:26:34
30 Babubhai Panucha  India 1:26:53
31 David Kimutai  Kenya 1:27:20 SB
32 Yerko Araya  Chile 1:27:47
33 Hédi Teraoui  Tunisia 1:29:48
34 Diego Flores  Mexico 1:30:00
35 Juan Manuel Cano  Argentina 1:30:00
36 Emerson Hernandez  El Salvador 1:30:48 SB
37 Ronald Quispe  Bolivia 1:32:09 PB
Moacir Zimmermann  Brazil DSQ
Gustavo Restrepo  Colombia DSQ
Giorgio Rubino  Italy DSQ
Anatole Ibáñez  Sweden DSQ
Sergey Morozov  Russia DSQ doping (1:22:37)
Valeriy Borchin  Russia DSQ doping (1:19:56)
Vladimir Kanaykin  Russia DSQ doping (1:20:27)
Adam Rutter  Australia DNF
Mauricio Arteaga  Ecuador DNF
Paquillo Fernández  Spain DNF
Park Chil-sung  South Korea DNF


  1. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (2011-08-21). Men's 20Km Race Walk - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  2. ^ a b Rowbottom, Mike (2011-08-28). Men's 20Km Race Walk - Final - Borchin retains World title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-29.
  3. ^ Russia’s Borchin wins 20km walk. Korea Herald (2011-08-28). Retrieved on 2011-08-29.

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