Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres walk

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Men's 50 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue The Mall
Date 11 August
Competitors 63 from 35 nations
Winning time 3:35:59 OR
Gold medal    Russia
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    China
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The men's 50 kilometres race walk at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was held on 11 August[1] on a route along The Mall and Constitution Hill.[2]

Defending Olympic champion Alex Schwazer was excluded from the event by the Italian National Olympic Committee after he failed a doping test.[3]

Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin won the gold medal in an Olympic record-breaking time. Jared Tallent from Australia, who came second in 2008, won the silver medal again. Si Tianfeng took bronze for China.

With 63 starters, there was a large pack at the start, Matej Tóth walking along the side barrier was the first to take the front. By first water stop former world champion Sergey Kirdyapkin and reigning world champion Sergey Bakulin moved to front, with 3 Australians and two Guatemalans among the dozen athletes lined up behind in the lead pack. Si Tianfeng and Yohann Diniz were always just off the lead. At about 18K the pack lost one member as Yuki Yamazaki was given the red paddle taking the pack down to 10, a group 49 seconds ahead of the next competitor Robert Heffernan at 20K in 1:27:44.

Just at the halfway mark in 1:49:21 Nathan Deakes took a short visited lead, perhaps like winning a preme, but Bakulin quickly took back the point, with Deakes and 20 silver medalist Erick Barrondo on his shoulder. The leaders were reduced again at the 2 hour mark when Jaime Quiyuch was red paddled. Around 28K Bakulin created a gap, with Barrondo the only chaser, but at that point he already collected 2 red cards. The two leaders hit 30K in 2:10:49, over the next 2K lap, Deakes moved up to the lead group. Another lap, Diniz and Igor Yerokhin joined the group. Barrondo fell off the back of the lead group as Si had joined the pack.

Shortly after 35K Si made a break as he separated from the group gaining as much as a 20-second advantage. From off the pace, previous silver medalist, walking with two red cards himself Jared Tallent passed the slowing Barrondo (who was eventually disqualified) to gain on the group ahead. Deakes fell off the back of the pack as the Australians exchanged positions. Passing Tallent, Kirdyapkin was gaining back on the pack to join the other two Russians and Diniz, launching a group charge after Si.

In the next lap, Diniz was walking along the audience side of the course, while the rest of the Russian group walked down the center of the lane. Inexplicably, Deniz seemed to trip on the barricade alongside the course, crashing to the ground. Dazed on the ground, he did return to walking but later took a break at a water stop, the competition pulling away. He finished the race but was disqualified for taking drinks outside of the designated zone. Shortly after the crash, the three Russians went past Si. Behind the pack, Tallent gained on Si falling behind the pack. Kiryapkin broke away from his teammates. Si resurged to pass the other two Russians with Tallent right behind him. Around 42K, Barrondo was DQed Tallent and Si were battling for second place with Bakulin a dozen seconds behind but fading. Kirdyapkin continued to increase his lead, squashing the Olympic record by more than a minute. 54 seconds behind Tallent also beat the previous record for silver. Si another 100 metres back held on for bronze. Remarkably Heffernan came from well off the pace to catch and out-sprint Yerokhin who had passed his teammate.[4] Heffernan had a new Irish National Record. Five other athletes set national records behind.[5]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
11 August 2012 09:00 Final


Prior to this event, the world and Olympic records stood as follows:

World record  Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS) 3:34:14 Cheboksary, Russia 11 May 2008
Olympic record  Alex Schwazer (ITA) 3:37:09 Beijing, China 22 August 2008
2012 World leading  Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS) 3:38:08 Saransk, Russia 13 May 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during the 2012 event:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
11 August Final  Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS) 3:35:59 OR

The following National records were set during this competition.

Ireland National Record  Robert Heffernan (IRL) 3:37.54
South Korea National Record  Park Chil-sung (KOR) 3:45.55
El Salvador National Record  Emerson Hernandez (ESA) 3:53.47
Greece National Record  Alexandros Papamichail (GRE) 3:49.56
South Africa National Record  Marc Mundell (RSA) 3:55.32
India National Record  Basanta Bahadur Rana (IND) 3:56.48

The following Area record was set during the competition.

Africa Area Record  Marc Mundell (RSA) 3:55.32


Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes[6]
1st Sergey Kirdyapkin Russia 3:35:59 OR
2nd Jared Tallent Australia 3:36:53 PB
3rd Si Tianfeng China 3:37:16 PB
4 Robert Heffernan Ireland 3:37:54 NR
Igor Yerokhin Russia 3:37:54 PB DQ
5 Sergey Bakulin Russia 3:38:55 SB
6 Li Jianbo China 3:39:01 PB
7 Matej Tóth Slovakia 3:41:24
8 Łukasz Nowak Poland 3:42:47 PB
9 Kōichirō Morioka Japan 3:43:14 PB
10 André Höhne Germany 3:44:26 SB
11 Bertrand Moulinet France 3:45:35 PB
12 Park Chil-sung South Korea 3:45:55 NR
13 Ivan Trotski Belarus 3:46:09 PB
14 Jarkko Kinnunen Finland 3:46:25 PB
15 Horacio Nava Mexico 3:46:59 SB
16 Marco De Luca Italy 3:47:19 SB
17 Rafał Sikora Poland 3:47:47
18 Ihor Hlavan Ukraine 3:48:07 PB
19 Jesús Ángel García Spain 3:48:32
20 Trond Nymark Norway 3:48:37 SB
21 Nathan Deakes Australia 3:48:45
22 Omar Zepeda Mexico 3:49:14
23 Christopher Linke Germany 3:49:19
24 Alexandros Papamihail Greece 3:49:56 NR
25 Luke Adams Australia 3:53:41
26 Emerson Hernandez El Salvador 3:53:57 NR
27 José Leyver Mexico 3:55:00
28 Brendan Boyce Ireland 3:55:01 PB
29 Quentin Rew New Zealand 3:55:03 PB
30 Cedric Houssaye France 3:55:16
31 Marc Mundell South Africa 3:55:32 AR
32 Fredy Hernández Colombia 3:56:00 PB
33 Yim Junghyun South Korea 3:56:34 SB
34 Serhiy Budza Ukraine 3:56:35
35 Basanta Bahadur Rana India 3:56:48 NR
36 Zhao Jianguo China 3:56:59
37 Kim Dong-Young South Korea 3:57:33
38 Marius Cocioran Romania 3:57:52 PB
39 Pedro Isidro Portugal 3:58:59
40 Antti Kempas Finland 4:01:50
41 Mikel Odriozola Spain 4:02:48 SB
42 John Nunn United States 4:03:28 PB
43 Maciej Rosiewicz Georgia 4:05:20 SB
44 Igors Kazakevičs Latvia 4:06:47
45 Tadas Šuškevičius Lithuania 4:08:16
46 Xavier Moreno Ecuador 4:09:23
47 Milos Batovsky Slovakia 4:09:32
48 Vitaliy Anichkin Kazakhstan 4:14:09
49 Benjamin Sánchez Spain 4:14:40
50 Dominic King Great Britain 4:15:05
Rafał Fedaczyński Poland DNF
Nenad Filipović Serbia DNF
Takayuki Tanii Japan DNF
João Vieira Portugal DNF
Edward Araya Chile DQ
Erick Barrondo Guatemala DQ
Andrés Chocho Ecuador DQ
Yohann Diniz France DQ
Colin Griffin Ireland DQ
Oleksiy Kazanin Ukraine DQ
Jaime Quiyuch Guatemala DQ
Yuki Yamazaki Japan DQ