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

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Women's 20 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue The Mall
Date 11 August 2012
Competitors 61 from 33 nations
Winning time 1:25:02 WR
Gold medal    Russia
Silver medal 
Bronze medal    China
2008 2016
Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
men women
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The women's 20 kilometres walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held on 11 August[1] on a route along The Mall and Constitution Hill.[2]

From the start of the race, defending champion Olga Kaniskina took the lead, only Liu Hong would go with her. The two opened up a big gap with a chase pack of a Guatemalan, the other 2 Russians, other 2 Chinese. By the end of 8K the pack began to lose walkers, Mirna Ortíz and Johanna Jackson were disqualified, and Liu began to lose contact, Kaniskina off on her own. Shortly after the half way mark, the pack was down to Elena Lashmanova and Anisya Kirdyapkina leading Xiuzhi Lu and Shenjie Qieyang An hour into the race and Lu began to lose contact, Lashmanova,Kirdyapkina and Qieyang chasing and then swallowing up Liu. By 14 km Kaniskina had a 33-second lead. Almost unnoticeable, the gap between Kaniskina and the chasers had come down to 24 seconds at 16 km, Kirdyapkina and then Liu struggling to stay with the group. After another 2K lap, the gap was down to 17 seconds at 18 km, still seemingly insurmountable with just one lap to go. With Kaniskina looking strong, the gap kept falling. Kaniskina started to show the strain, as the pass became inevitable she began the most pronounced arm swing trying to find that last bit of speed, but it wasn't enough. Less than 200 metres from the finish Lashmanova went by Kaniskina and on to the gold carpet. Lashmanova finished with a 1:25:02 world record. Broken Kaniskina finished 7 seconds back, just a second slower than the previous world record. Qieyang happily finished another 7 seconds later for bronze. After the finish, Kaniskina was barely able to walk, while a fresh Lashmanova celebrated her victory.[3][not in citation given]


Prior to the competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Vera Sokolova (RUS) 1:25:08 Sochi, Russia 26 February 2011
Olympic record  Olga Kaniskina (RUS) 1:26:31 Beijing, China 21 August 2008
2012 World leading  Elmira Alembekova (RUS) 1:25:27 Sochi, Russia 18 February 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
11 August Final Elena Lashmanova Russia 1:25:02 WR


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
11 August 2012 17:00 Final


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes[4]
1st, gold medalist(s) Lashmanova, ElenaElena Lashmanova Russia 1:25:02 WR
Kaniskina, OlgaOlga Kaniskina Russia DQ[5]
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Qieyang Shenjie China 1:25:16 AR
4 Liu Hong China 1:26:00
5 Kirdyapkina, AnisyaAnisya Kirdyapkina Russia 1:26:26 SB
6 Lu Xiuzhi China 1:27:10
7 Rigaudo, ElisaElisa Rigaudo Italy 1:27:36 SB
8 Pascual, BeatrizBeatriz Pascual Spain 1:27:56 SB
9 Cabecinha, AnaAna Cabecinha Portugal 1:28:03 SB
10 Vasco, MariaMaria Vasco Spain 1:28:14 SB
11 Fuchise, MasumiMasumi Fuchise Japan 1:28:41 SB
12 Poves, Maria JoseMaria Jose Poves Spain 1:29:36
13 Loughnane, OliveOlive Loughnane Ireland 1:29:39 SB
14 Giorgi, Eleonora AnnaEleonora Anna Giorgi Italy 1:29:48 PB
15 Henriques, InesInes Henriques Portugal 1:29:54 SB
16 Borovska, NadiyaNadiya Borovska Ukraine 1:30:03 PB
17 Lamble, ReganRegan Lamble Australia 1:30:08 PB
18 Kawasaki, MayumiMayumi Kawasaki Japan 1:30:20 SB
19 Seeger, MelanieMelanie Seeger Germany 1:30:44 SB
20 Reynolds, LauraLaura Reynolds Ireland 1:31:02 PB
21 Saltanovic, KristinaKristina Saltanovic Lithuania 1:31:04 SB
22 Szwarnóg, AgnieszkaAgnieszka Szwarnóg Poland 1:31:14
23 Dygacz, AgnieszkaAgnieszka Dygacz Poland 1:31:28 SB
24 Pastare, AgneseAgnese Pastare Latvia 1:31:54 SB
25 Drabenia, HannaHanna Drabenia Belarus 1:31:58 PB
26 Virbalyte, BrigitaBrigita Virbalyte Lithuania 1:31:58
27 Iakovenko, OlhaOlha Iakovenko Ukraine 1:32:07 PB
28 Lee, BekiBeki Lee Australia 1:32:14 PB
29 Michta, MariaMaria Michta United States 1:32:27 PB
30 Equihua, MonicaMonica Equihua Mexico 1:32:28 PB
31 Franco, JamyJamy Franco Guatemala 1:33:18
32 Arenas, SandraSandra Arenas Colombia 1:33:21
33 Balderrama, ClaudiaClaudia Balderrama Bolivia 1:33:28 PB
34 Hernandez, IngridIngrid Hernandez Colombia 1:33:34 PB
35 Pelantova, LucieLucie Pelantova Czech Republic 1:33:35
36 Thi Thanh Phuc, NguyenNguyen Thi Thanh Phuc Vietnam 1:33:36 NR
37 Otoshi, KumiKumi Otoshi Japan 1:33:50
38 Stef, ClaudiaClaudia Stef Romania 1:33:56
39 Aidietyte, NeringaNeringa Aidietyte Lithuania 1:34:01
40 Guaman, YadiraYadira Guaman Ecuador 1:34:47 PB
41 Madarasz, ViktoriaViktoria Madarasz Hungary 1:34:48
42 Kozhakhmetova, AymanAyman Kozhakhmetova Kazakhstan 1:35:00
43 Orjuela, ArabellyArabelly Orjuela Colombia 1:35:05
44 Zapounidou, DespinaDespina Zapounidou Greece 1:35:19
45 Buziak, PaulinaPaulina Buziak Poland 1:35:23
46 Herrera, MayraMayra Herrera Guatemala 1:35:33
47 Mutlu, SemihaSemiha Mutlu Turkey 1:35:33 PB
48 Yatsevich, NastassiaNastassia Yatsevich Belarus 1:35:41
49 Santos, VeraVera Santos Portugal 1:35:51
50 Shumkina, OlenaOlena Shumkina Ukraine 1:36:42
51 Perez, PaolaPaola Perez Ecuador 1:37:05
52 Seaman, RachelRachel Seaman Canada 1:37:36
53 Czakova, MariaMaria Czakova Slovakia 1:37:43
54 Halkivaha, AnneAnne Halkivaha Finland 1:38:49
55 Rosales, MilangelaMilangela Rosales Venezuela 1:42:46
Krantz, SabineSabine Krantz Germany DNF
Kozhakhmetova, SholpanSholpan Kozhakhmetova Kazakhstan DNF
Jackson, JohannaJohanna Jackson Great Britain DQ
Jeon Yeong-Eun South Korea DQ
Ortiz, MirnaMirna Ortiz Guatemala DQ
Tallent, ClaireClaire Tallent Australia DQ
  • On 24 March 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has issued decision that all competitive results obtained by Olga Kaniskina from 15 August 2009 to 15 October 2012 are disqualified.[6] IOC has not yet confirmed the Olga Kaniskina's deprivation of her silver medal in women's 20 km walk and redistribution of the medals in this event.[4] If the IOC will decide on the reallocation of the medals, Qieyang Shenjie (CHN) will get Silver and Liu Hong (CHN) will get Bronze.