2017 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 50 kilometres walk
|Men's 50 kilometres walk |
at the 2017 World Championships
|Dates||13 August (final)|
|Competitors||48 from 27 nations|
The men's 50 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.
From the start, world record holder, 39 year old Yohann Diniz (FRA) walked with a sense of purpose. Save a silver medal in 2007, the World Championships had resulted in disqualifications and failure for him as had the Olympics. On this course in 2012, Diniz became disoriented and was left by the lead pack lying on the ground after he tripped over a barricade.
From the gun, Diniz walked at his own pace at the front of the pack. He had to make a quick, unplanned pit stop before the 5k mark which brought him back to the pack of some 20 competitors, but really only Horacio Nava (MEX) was able to stay with him for a short while. Again Diniz set sail solo and continued building his lead. 41 seconds at 10k, 1:32 at 15k, 2:10 at 20k, 2:59 by halfway. Reminiscent of last year's Olympics, would his huge lead evaporate into another catastrophe?
Chasing Diniz was a pack of podium suitors that stayed together with individuals falling off the back. By half way it was down to seven, with two Ecudorians; Claudio Villanueva and Andrés Chocho; two Japanese Hirooki Arai and Kai Kobayashi; Aleksi Ojala (FIN); Evan Dunfee (CAN); and Yu Wei (CHN). That group stayed together past 35k, where Diniz had a 4:21 lead. At 36k, the two Japanese teammates took off on their own. In the next 4k, they put 27 seconds on the next challenger Dunfee, while Chocho was disqualified for form violation and asked off the course.
Diniz did not suffer a catastrophe. By the last 2k loop, he had lapped everybody but the two Japanese pursuers. Like his world record three years earlier, Diniz spent the last lap celebrating; tying a French flag around his neck like a bandana, slapping hands with the spectators in the front row. He held the French flag above his head as he crossed the finish line. The two Japanese worked together to keep up the pace, the more experienced Arai finally taking a slight lead for silver, 8:05 behind Diniz. It was the second fastest 50k racewalk of all time, only behind Diniz' world record and the largest margin of victory in World Championship history.
Before the competition records were as follows:
|World||3:32:33||Yohann Diniz||FRA||15 Aug 2014||Zürich, Switzerland|
|Championship||3:36:03||Robert Korzeniowski||POL||27 Aug 2003||Saint-Denis, France|
|World leading||3:43:05||Dementiy Cheparev||RUS||10 Jun 2017||Cheboksary, Russia|
|African||3:54:12||Marc Mundell||RSA||13 Dec 2015||Melbourne, Australia|
|Asian||3:36:06||Yu Chaohong||CHN||22 Oct 2005||Nanjing, China|
|NACAC||3:41:09||Erick Barrondo||GUA||23 Mar 2013||Dudince, Slovakia|
|South American||3:42:57||Andrés Chocho||ECU||6 Mar 2016||Ciudad Juárez, Mexico|
|European||3:32:33||Yohann Diniz||FRA||15 Aug 2014||Zürich, Switzerland|
|Oceanian||3:35:47||Nathan Deakes||AUS||2 Dec 2006||Geelong, Australia|
The following records were set at the competition:
|Championship||3:33:12||Yohann Diniz||FRA||13 Aug 2017|
|New Zealand||3:46:29||Quentin Rew||NZL|
The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 4:06:00.
The final took place on 13 August at 07:46. The results were as follows:
- "50 Kilometres Race Walk Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- Start list
- Gleeson, Michael (9 August 2017). "World athletics championships 2017: Hamstring injury forces Jared Tallent out". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
- "50 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.
- "50 Kilometres Race Walk Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 15 August 2017.