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50 kilometre race walk
2005 World Championships in Athletics2.jpg
Men's racewalk. Walker at right appears to be illegal in that both feet are off the ground, but an infraction is only committed when loss of contact is visible to the human eye.[1]
Men's records
World France Yohann Diniz 3:32:33 (2014)
Women's records
World Portugal Inês Henriques 4:05:56 (2017)
Yohann Diniz, world record holder

The 50 kilometre race walk is an Olympic athletics event. The racewalking event is competed as a road race. Athletes must always keep in contact with the ground and the supporting leg must remain straight until the raised leg passes it. Fifty kilometres is approximately 31 miles.

World records[edit]

The men's world record for the 50 km race walk was held by Denis Nizhegorodov, through his race of 3:34:14 in Cheboksary in 2008, until it was beaten by Yohann Diniz at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich, in a time of 3:32:33.

All-time top 25 fastest[edit]

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of August 2017.[2]
Rank Time Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 3:32:33 Yohann Diniz  France 15 August 2014 Zürich [3]
2 3:34:14 Denis Nizhegorodov  Russia 11 May 2008 Cheboksary
3 3:34:38 Matej Tóth  Slovakia 21 March 2015 Dudince [4]
4 3:35:47 Nathan Deakes  Australia 2 December 2006 Geelong
5 3:36:03 Robert Korzeniowski  Poland 27 August 2003 Paris
6 3:36:04 Alex Schwazer  Italy
7 3:36:06 Yu Chaohong  China
8 3:36:13 Zhao Chengliang  China
9 3:36:20 Han Yucheng  China
10 3:36:42 German Skurygin  Russia
11 3:36:53 Jared Tallent  Australia 11 August 2012 London
12 3:37:16 Si Tianfeng  China 11 August 2012 London
13 3:37:26 Valeriy Spitsyn  Russia
14 3:37:41 Andrey Perlov  Soviet Union
Ivan Noskov  Russia
16 3:37:46 Andreas Erm  Germany
17 3:37:54 Robert Heffernan  Ireland 11 August 2012 London [5]
18 3:37:58 Xing Shucai  China
19 3:38:01 Aleksey Voyevodin  Russia
20 3:38:08 Sergey Kirdyapkin  Russia
Igor Yerokhin  Russia
22 3:38:17 Ronald Weigel  East Germany
23 3:38:29 Vyacheslav Ivanenko  Soviet Union 30 September 1988 Seoul
24 3:38:43 Valentí Massana  Spain
25 3:38:58 Mikhail Ryzhov  Russia

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 3:36:39:

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of August 2017.[6]
Rank Time Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 4:05:56 Inês Henriques  Portugal 13 August 2017 London [7]
2 4:08:58 Yin Hang  China 13 August 2017 London [8]
3 4:10:59 Monica Svensson  Sweden 21 October 2007 Scanzorosciate
4 4:12:16 Yelena Ginko  Belarus 17 October 2004 Scanzorosciate
5 4:16:27 Jolanta Dukure  Latvia 9 September 2006 Paralepa
6 4:20:49 Yang Shuqing  China 13 August 2017 London [9]
7 4:21:51 Katie Burnett  United States 13 August 2017 London [10]
8 4:25:22 Brigita Virbalytė-Dimšienė  Lithuania 17 October 2010 Villa di Serio
9 4:28:13 Evaggelía Xinoú  Greece 17 October 2004 Scanzorosciate
10 4:28:53 Neringa Aidietytė  Lithuania 1 October 2006 Ivano-Frankivsk
11 4:29:33 Erin Taylor-Talcott  United States 28 January 2017 Santee
12 4:29:56 Natalia Bruniko
13 4:32:14 Jiang Shanshan
14 4:32:35 Lyudmila Shelest
15 4:34:01 Zhou Kang
16 4:35:51 Annalisa Potenza
17 4:36:40 Wang Lixue
18 4:36:45 Tetyena Kryvokhyzha
19 4:37:40 Martina Gabrielli
20 4:38:48 Wang Dan
21 4:39:09 Kseniya Radko
22 4:39:28 Nair de Rosa  Brazil 14 May 2017 Lima [11]
23 4:39:45 Susan Armenta  United States
24 4:41:32 Agnese Pastare
25 4:41:57 Kora Boufflert

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 4:30:59:

Olympic medalists[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1932 Los Angeles
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 Tommy Green (GBR)  Jānis Daliņš (LAT)  Ugo Frigerio (ITA)
1936 Berlin
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 Harold Whitlock (GBR)  Arthur Tell Schwab (SUI)  Adalberts Bubenko (LAT)
1948 London
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 John Ljunggren (SWE)  Gaston Godel (SUI)  Tebbs Lloyd Johnson (GBR)
1952 Helsinki
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 Giuseppe Dordoni (ITA)  Josef Doležal (TCH)  Antal Róka (HUN)
1956 Melbourne
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 Norman Read (NZL)  Yevgeniy Maskinskov (URS)  John Ljunggren (SWE)
1960 Rome
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 Don Thompson (GBR)  John Ljunggren (SWE)  Abdon Pamich (ITA)
1964 Tokyo
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 Abdon Pamich (ITA)  Paul Nihill (GBR)  Ingvar Pettersson (SWE)
1968 Mexico City
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 Christoph Höhne (GDR)  Antal Kiss (HUN)  Larry Young (USA)
1972 Munich
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 Bernd Kannenberg (FRG)  Veniamin Soldatenko (URS)  Larry Young (USA)
1976 Montreal not included in the Olympic program
1980 Moscow
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 Hartwig Gauder (GDR)  Jordi Llopart (ESP)  Yevgeniy Ivchenko (URS)
1984 Los Angeles
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 Raúl González (MEX)  Bo Gustafsson (SWE)  Sandro Bellucci (ITA)
1988 Seoul
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 Vyacheslav Ivanenko (URS)  Ronald Weigel (GDR)  Hartwig Gauder (GDR)
1992 Barcelona
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 Andrey Perlov (EUN)  Carlos Mercenario (MEX)  Ronald Weigel (GER)
1996 Atlanta
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 Robert Korzeniowski (POL)  Mikhail Shchennikov (RUS)  Valentí Massana (ESP)
2000 Sydney
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 Robert Korzeniowski (POL)  Aigars Fadejevs (LAT)  Joel Sánchez (MEX)
2004 Athens
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 Robert Korzeniowski (POL)  Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS)  Aleksey Voyevodin (RUS)
2008 Beijing
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 Alex Schwazer (ITA)  Jared Tallent (AUS)  Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS)
2012 London
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 Jared Tallent (AUS)  Si Tianfeng (CHN)  Robert Heffernan (IRL)
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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 Matej Tóth (SVK)  Jared Tallent (AUS)  Hirooki Arai (JPN)

World Championships medalists[edit]

Men[edit]

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1976 Malmö  Veniamin Soldatenko (URS)  Enrique Vera (MEX)  Reima Salonen (FIN)
1983 Helsinki
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 Ronald Weigel (GDR)  José Marín (ESP)  Sergey Yung (URS)
1987 Rome
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 Hartwig Gauder (GDR)  Ronald Weigel (GDR)  Vyacheslav Ivanenko (URS)
1991 Tokyo
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 Aleksandr Potashov (URS)  Andrey Perlov (URS)  Hartwig Gauder (GER)
1993 Stuttgart
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 Jesús Ángel García (ESP)  Valentin Kononen (FIN)  Valeriy Spitsyn (RUS)
1995 Gothenburg
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 Valentin Kononen (FIN)  Giovanni Perricelli (ITA)  Robert Korzeniowski (POL)
1997 Athens
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 Robert Korzeniowski (POL)  Jesús Ángel García (ESP)  Miguel Rodríguez (MEX)
1999 Seville
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 Ivano Brugnetti (ITA)  Nikolay Matyukhin (RUS)  Curt Clausen (USA)
2001 Edmonton
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 Robert Korzeniowski (POL)  Jesús Ángel García (ESP)  Edgar Hernández (MEX)
2003 Saint-Denis
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 Robert Korzeniowski (POL)  German Skurygin (RUS)  Andreas Erm (GER)
2005 Helsinki
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 Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS)  Aleksey Voyevodin (RUS)  Alex Schwazer (ITA)
2007 Osaka
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 Nathan Deakes (AUS)  Yohann Diniz (FRA)  Alex Schwazer (ITA)
2009 Berlin
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 Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS)  Trond Nymark (NOR)  Jesús Ángel García (ESP)
2011 Daegu
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 Sergey Bakulin (RUS)  Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS)  Jared Tallent (AUS)
2013 Moscow
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 Robert Heffernan (IRL)  Mikhail Ryzhov (RUS)  Jared Tallent (AUS)
2015 Beijing
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 Matej Tóth (SVK)  Jared Tallent (AUS)  Takayuki Tanii (JPN)
2017 London
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 Yohann Diniz (FRA)  Hirooki Arai (JPN)  Kai Kobayashi (JPN)

Women[edit]

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
2017 London
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 Inês Henriques (POR)  Yin Hang (CHN)  Yang Shuqing (CHN)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belson, Ken. "One Step at a Time? It’s More Complicated Than That" New York Times (August 10, 2012)
  2. ^ "All-time men's best 50 km road walk". alltime-athletics.com. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "European Athletics Championships – Men's 50km Race Walk Results". European Athletics. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Zuzana Trojakova (21 March 2015). "Toth records third-fastest 50km race walk in history in Dudince". IAAF. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "50km Race Walk Results". london2012.com. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "All-time women's best 50 km road walk". alltime-athletics.com. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "50km Race Walk Results" (PDF). IAAF. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Javier Clavelo Robinson (14 May 2017). "Arevalo and Gonzalez shine as records fall at Pan American Race Walking Cup in Lima". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 

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