Yohann Diniz

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Yohann Diniz
Yohann Diniz Zurich 2014.jpg
Personal information
Born (1978-01-01) 1 January 1978 (age 42)
Épernay, France
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Country France
Event(s)50km Race Walk

Yohann Diniz (born 1 January 1978) is a French race walker. He is the current world-record holder for the 50 km race, with a time of 3:32:33, and for the 50,000 metres track walk, with a time of 3:35:27.


He won the gold medal in the 50 km race at the 2006 European Championships in a personal best time of 3:41:39 hours. He then repeated the feat at the 2010 European Championships in a personal best time of 3:40:37 hours.

In 2007 Diniz won the European Race Walking Cup at Royal Leamington Spa with a French record time of 1:18.58 hours. He then won the silver medal in the 50 km race at the 2007 World Championships.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing on an extremely humid day, Diniz was forced to withdraw from the 50 km walking race after about 30 km from the starting line because of pain in the stomach and thigh.

In 2009, he achieved the world's best performance for the 50 km walk – 3hr 38 min 45 sec.

He set a world record time of 3:35:27 in the 50,000 metres track walk in March 2011, defeating Thierry Toutain's previous world mark, set in 2000, by more than five minutes.[1]

At 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Diniz was disqualified from the 50 km walk for three red cards.[2]

Diniz improved his 20 km walk time to 1:17:43 hours at the Memorial Mario Albisetti in March 2012, placing second behind Alex Schwazer.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Diniz was disqualified from the 50 km walk immediately after his arrival at the finish line in eighth position for taking a bottle of water at the 38th kilometer mark outside a zone provided for water replenishments.[4]

At the 2014 European Athletics Championships, Diniz set a new world record for the 50 km walk in 3:32:33, 1 minute 41 seconds faster than the previous record despite stopping to ask for a Portuguese flag – in homage to his late Portuguese grandmother – to wave a few hundred metres from the finishing line.[5]

At the 2015 French national walk championships in Arles, on 8 March 2015, Diniz set a new world record for the 20 km walk in 1:17:02. His record only lasted a week. Before it could be officially ratified, it was surpassed by Yusuke Suzuki.

In July 2015, Diniz announced his withdrawal from the upcoming 2015 World Championships in Athletics because of persistent pain in his inguinal ligament that would result in him undergoing an operation soon.[6]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics he led the race, but due to gastrointestinal issues, he fainted multiple times midrace. Nevertheless, he was able to recover and finished in 8th place, six minutes behind the winner.[7][8]

In 2017 he finally won the 2017 IAAF World Championships in the 50 km walk in London with the second-ever best time on the distance (the best one is also his) : 3 hours 33 minutes and 11 seconds, finishing 8 minutes ahead of the two Japanese competitors who earned the silver and bronze medals.[citation needed]

Performance at major championships[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  France
2003 European Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 40th 20 km 1:31:45
2004 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Naumburg, Germany 40th 20 km 1:24:28
2005 European Race Walking Cup Miskolc, Hungary 4th 50 km 3:45:17
Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 20 km DQ
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 50 km DQ
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 50 km 3:41:39 PB
2007 European Race Walking Cup Royal Leamington Spa, England 1st 20 km 1:18.58 NR
World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 50 km 3:44:22
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 50 km DNF
2009 European Race Walking Cup Metz, France 8th 20 km 1:26:59
World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th 50 km 3:49:03
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 50 km 3:40:37 PB
IAAF World Championships Chihuahua, Mexico 20 km DNF
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 50 km DQ
2012 Olympic Games London, England 50 km DQ
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 10th[9] 50 km 3:45:18
European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 1st 50 km 3:41:07
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 50 km 3:32:33 WR
2015 French national Championships Arles, France 1st 20 km 1:17:02 WR
European Race Walking Cup Murcia, Spain 3rd 20 km 1:20:37
5th Team - 20 km 58 pts
2017 World Championships in Athletics London, England 1st 50 km 3:33:12


  1. ^ Warburton, Paul (2011-03-12). Rolling Stones and champagne accompany World 50,000m race walk track record for Diniz. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  2. ^ "Diniz, la poisse!". Sport24. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  3. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-03-19). Schwazer clocks sensational 1:17:30 in Lugano Archived June 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  4. ^ "Diniz, la poisse!". Sport24. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  5. ^ Yohann Diniz stops to celebrate before breaking 50km race walk world record, NBC
  6. ^ "Yohann Diniz déclare forfait". L'Équipe. 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "It looks like French race walker Yohann Diniz pooped his pants mid-race at the Olympics". Daily News Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Com dor de barriga, francês da marcha atlética "borra as calças" durante a prova". iG. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  9. ^ "RESULTS 14TH IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RUSSIA MOSKVA (LUZHNIKI), RUSSIA 10 AUG 2013 - 18 AUG 2013". IAAF. Retrieved 28 January 2015.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Denis Nizhegorodov
Men's 50 km walk world record holder
August 15, 2014 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Vladimir Kanaykin
Men's 20 km walk world record holder
March 8, 2015 – March 15, 2015
Succeeded by
Yusuke Suzuki