2017 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 20 kilometres walk
|Men's 20 kilometres walk |
at the 2017 World Championships
|Dates||13 August (final)|
|Competitors||64 from 32 nations|
The men's 20 kilometres walk at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics was held on a two kilometre course comprising lengths of The Mall between Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch on 13 August.
As is typical, this race started off as a pack. By 5K, the pack still numbered 32, exactly half the starters, walking a leisurely (for them) 19:54. The second 5K was exactly the same, passed in 39:48 but the pack had worn down to 17. British champion, walking before the home crowd, accelerated the pace, dropping many off the pack. But out in front, Bosworth was given more scrutiny and earned the deadly red card disqualifying him from the race. By 15K in 59:33 (19:45), the pack was down to eight and defending champion Miguel Ángel López (Spain) was no longer one of them. Rallying from a 23 second deficit at 10K, South African Lebogang Shange came back to the group as others dropped off. By the last 2K loop, the leaders Éider Arévalo (Colombia) and Sergey Shirobokov, an Authorised Neutral Athlete were in racewalking's version of a sprint finish, dropping Shange, Christopher Linke (Germany), Dane Bird-Smith (Australia), Wang Kaihua (China) and Caio Bonfim (Brazil) to fight for bronze. Arévalo broke the race open enough to get a Colombian flag from the audience, holding it around his neck as he made sure he had enough of a gap on Shirobokov, then crossing the finish line with the flag held high two seconds ahead. 9 second behind them, Bonfim had broken away from Shange to secure bronze. Arévalo, Bonfim and Shange all set national records.
Before the competition records were as follows:
|World||1:16:36||Yusuke Suzuki||JPN||15 Mar 2015||Nomi, Japan|
|Championship||1:17:21||Jefferson Pérez||ECU||23 Aug 2003||Saint-Denis, France|
|World leading||1:17:54||Wang Kaihua||CHN||4 Mar 2017||Huangshan, China|
|African||1:19:02||Hatem Ghoula||TUN||10 May 1997||Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany|
|Asian||1:16:36||Yusuke Suzuki||JPN||15 Mar 2015||Nomi, Japan|
|NACAC||1:17:46||Julio René Martínez||GUA||8 May 1999||Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany|
|South American||1:17:21||Jefferson Pérez||ECU||23 Aug 2003||Saint-Denis, France|
|European||1:17:02||Yohann Diniz||FRA||8 Mar 2015||Arles, France|
|Oceanian||1:17:33||Nathan Deakes||AUS||23 Apr 2015||Cixi, China|
The following records were set at the competition:
|Brazilian||1:19:04||Caio Bonfim||BRA||13 Aug 2017|
|South African||1:19:18||Lebogang Shange||RSA|
The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 1:24:00.
The final took place on 13 August at 14:19. The results were as follows:
- "20 Kilometre Race Walk Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- Start list
- "20 Kilometres Race Walk Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
- "Report: men's 20km race walk - IAAF World Championships London 2017". IAAF. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
- "20 Kilometres Race Walk Men – Records". IAAF. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "Records Set - Final" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
- "Qualification System and Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2017.