Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres walk
|Men's 50 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||63 from 35 nations|
|Winning time||3:35:59 OR|
|Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
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. Heffernan had a new Irish National Record. Five other athletes set national records behind.
All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)
|11 August 2012||09:00||Final|
Prior to this event[update], 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:
|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|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Walk champion Schwazer excluded for doping". Reuters. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
- "Men's 50km Race Walk". 2012 Summer Olympics official website. Retrieved 11 August 2012.