Wang Yan (racewalker)

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Wang Yan (Chinese: 王妍; pinyin: Wáng Yán; born May 3, 1971 in Liaoning) is a Chinese race walker, who won the bronze medal over 10 km at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She also won the 1993 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, as well as a silver medal at the 1999 World Championships and a bronze at the 2001 East Asian Games.

She was the world record holder for the 20 km walk from 2001 to 2005. She held the Asian record for the women's 20 km walk with her best of 1:26:22 hours from 2001 to 2012, until it was beaten by Liu Hong.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  China
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 1st 5000 m 22:03.65
1993 World Race Walking Cup Monterrey, Mexico 1st 10 km 45:10
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 10 km DSQ
1995 World Race Walking Cup Beijing, PR China 14th 10 km 44:25
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd 10 km 42:19
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 12th 10,000 m 46:21.69
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 2nd 20 km 1:30:52
2001 East Asian Games Osaka, Japan 3rd 20 km 1:35:36

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2012-03-30). Asian records fall in Taicang Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-03.

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Preceded by
China Liu Hongyu
Russia Nadezhda Ryashkina
Women's 20 km Walk World Record Holder
November 19, 2001 – August 7, 2005
Succeeded by
Russia Olimpiada Ivanova