Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 20 kilometres walk

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Men's 20 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
2012 Olympic men's 20 km walk at Buckingham Palace.JPG
Venue The Mall
Date 4 August 2012
Competitors 56 from 34 nations
Winning time 1:18:46 OR
1st, gold medalist(s) Chen Ding  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Erick Barrondo  Guatemala
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Wang Zhen  China
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The men's 20 kilometres race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London took place on 4 August on a route along The Mall and Constitution Hill in central London.[1][2]

Robert Heffernan and Grzegorz Sudol took the early lead, soon joined by Yusuke Suzuki. Like a bicycle race, the unhearlded Suzuki steadily broke away from the peloton. Suzuki led past the 8k mark but was eventually swallowed by a group led by Wang Zhen, followed by his teammate Chen Ding and Valeriy Borchin. By the half way mark the lead pack was down to twelve. Around the 11K mark, leader Wang made an odd gesture, hand over head, to the pack behind him, moments later Bertrand Moulinet broke away from the pack as Wang slowed. After gaining as much as a seven-second lead, the chasers caught back up to Moulinet and left him to fall off the pace, while Chen took his turn to break off the front as the pack started to string out in chase. Wang, Borchin and Erick Barrondo were the strongest chasers, forming a pack of four. A few minutes later Vladimir Kanaykin, then Luis Fernando López managed to bridge back to the leaders. Moments after joining the lead group, Lopez was given the red paddle, signifying his disqualification. Kanaykin was also given the paddle a minute after that. For a moment they were four abreast, but again Chen put the hammer down, eventually dropping Wang. By the bell Chen had built an 8-second lead over Borchin, who was picking up warnings and cards from the judges. Chen signaled one finger to the crowd. As Borchin struggled, Wang zoomed past the two remaining chasers. Barrondo reacted and accelerated to put some distance ahead of Wang. An exhausted Borchin chased for only a few moments then collapsed into a fence alongside the course. The third Chinese Zelin Cai hovered off the back of the pack and steadily picked off all the stragglers to eventually finish fourth for a remarkable 1-3-4 team performance. A jubilant Chen celebrated all the way from the final turn. Even though he gave up significant time along the way, Chen set a new Olympic Record at 1:18:46. China's Chen Ding won the gold medal. Erick Barrondo from Guatemala won silver and Wang Zhen, also of China, took bronze. Barrondo's silver medal was the first Olympic medal for Guatemala.[3]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
4 August 2012 17:00 Final


Prior to this event, the existing World and Olympic records stood as follows.

World record  Vladimir Kanaykin (RUS) 1:17:16 Saransk, Russia 29 September 2007
Olympic record  Robert Korzeniowski (POL) 1:18:59 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000
2012 World leading  Alex Schwazer (ITA) 1:17:30 Lugano, Switzerland 18 March 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during this event:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
4 August Final  Chen Ding (CHN) 1:18.46 OR

The following National records were set during this competition.

China national record  Chen Ding (CHN) 1:18.46
India national record  Irfan Kolothum Thodi (IND) 1:20.21
Canada national record  Inaki Gomez (CAN) 1:20.58
Greece national record  Alexandros Papamichail (GRE) 1:21.12
Argentina national record  Juan Manuel Cano (ARG) 1:22.10


Racers walk past the gates of Buckingham Palace
Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
1st, gold medalist(s) Chen Ding  China 1:18:46 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Erick Barrondo  Guatemala 1:18:57
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Wang Zhen  China 1:19:25
4 Cai Zelin  China 1:19:44
5 Miguel Ángel López  Spain 1:19:49 PB
6 Eder Sánchez  Mexico 1:19:52 SB
7 Jared Tallent  Australia 1:20:02 SB
8 Bertrand Moulinet  France 1:20:12 PB
9 Robert Heffernan  Ireland 1:20:18 SB
10 Irfan Kolothum Thodi  India 1:20:21 NR
11 João Vieira  Portugal 1:20:41 SB
12 Dzianis Simanovich  Belarus 1:20:42 PB
13 Inaki Gomez  Canada 1:20:58 NR
14 Erik Tysse  Norway 1:21:00 SB
15 Alexandros Papamichail  Greece 1:21:12 NR
16 Ivan Trotski  Belarus 1:21:23 SB
17 Kim Hyun-Sub  South Korea 1:21:36 SB
18 Isamu Fujisawa  Japan 1:21:48
19 Dawid Tomala  Poland 1:21:55
20 Eider Arevalo  Colombia 1:22:00
21 André Höhne  Germany 1:22:02
22 Juan Manuel Cano  Argentina 1:22:10 NR
23 Anton Kučmín  Slovakia 1:22:25 PB
24 Grzegorz Sudoł  Poland 1:22:40
25 Takumi Saito  Japan 1:22:43
26 Trevor Barron  United States 1:22:46
27 Nazar Kovalenko  Ukraine 1:22:54
28 James Rendon  Colombia 1:22:54 SB
29 Rafał Augustyn  Poland 1:23:17
30 Ruslan Dmytrenko  Ukraine 1:23:21
31 Byun Young-Jun  South Korea 1:23:26
32 Máté Helebrandt  Hungary 1:23:32 PB
33 Gurmeet Singh  India 1:23:34
34 Isaac Palma  Mexico 1:23:35
35 Georgiy Sheiko  Kazakhstan 1:23:52
36 Yusuke Suzuki  Japan 1:23:53 SB
37 Andrey Krivov  Russia 1:24:17
38 Chris Erickson  Australia 1:24:19
39 Caio Bonfim  Brazil 1:24:45
40 Marius Žiūkas  Lithuania 1:24:45
41 Yerko Araya  Chile 1:25:27 SB
42 Giorgio Rubino  Italy 1:25:28
43 Baljinder Singh  India 1:25:39
44 Mauricio Arteaga  Ecuador 1:25:51
45 Arnis Rumbenieks  Latvia 1:26:26
46 Ever Palma  Mexico 1:26:30
47 Ivan Losyev  Ukraine 1:26:50
48 Predrag Filipović  Serbia 1:27:22
Valeriy Borchin  Russia DNF, DQ
Álvaro Martín  Spain DNF
Park Chil-Sung  South Korea DNF
Ebrahim Rahimian  Iran DNF
Adam Rutter  Australia DNF
Hassanine Sebei  Tunisia DNF
Vladimir Kanaykin  Russia DQ
Luis Fernando López  Colombia DQ


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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  3. ^ "Do track not war, says Guatemalan hero Barrondo - The West Australian". 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
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