2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 20 kilometres walk

The Women's 20 km Walk event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held throughout the city of Berlin on August 16, beginning and ending at the Brandenburg Gate.

Undefeated since May 2007, the Olympic and World champion Olga Kaniskina was a clear favourite. Russian champion and second fastest of the year Vera Sokolova was predicted as a possible medallist, as were Sabine Krantz and Kjersti Platzer who had both won on the racewalking circuit prior to the competition. Amongst the other fastest athletes before the championships were Russians Anisya Kirdyapkina and Larisa Emelyanova, while Olympic medallist Elisa Rigaudo and Universiade medallist Masumi Fuchise were suggested as other contenders for the podium.[1]

Competing on the course along the Unter den Linden boulevard, German Sabine Krantz led early on, but dropped out halfway into the race, and Norwegian Platzer was disqualified with five kilometres to go. Kaniskina emerged as the clear winner, becoming the first woman to win the racewalking gold in consecutive championships. Forty-nine seconds behind her was the surprise silver medallist Olive Loughnane, who won Ireland's first championship medal since 2003, and her first ever medal at a major championships. Liu Hong took the bronze, while Russian teenager Kirdyapkina took fourth place.[2]

Kaniskina's victory completed a Russian men's and women's 20 km double with Valeriy Borchin, and she received a winner's prize of $60,000 for her achievement. Her win highlighted her success in an event in which she had won an Olympic gold, two World Championships titles, and a gold in the World Cup in just three years.[3]

On January 15, 2015, Kaniskina's results were disqualified for doping violations.[4] Most of the athletes coached by Viktor Chegin have received similar bans. On July 6, 2016, Loughnane will receive the gold medal in a full ceremony at the 2016 European Athletics Championships.[5]


Gold Silver Bronze
Olga Kaniskina
  Russia (RUS)
Olive Loughnane
  Ireland (IRL)
Liu Hong
  China (CHN)


World record   Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
Championship record   Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
World leading   Olga Kaniskina (RUS) 1:24:56 Adler, Russia 28 February 2009
African record   Susan Vermeulen (RSA) 1:36:18 Mézidon-Canon, France 2 May 1999
Asian record   Wang Yan (CHN) 1:26:22 Guangzhou, China 19 November 2001
North American record   Graciela Mendoza (MEX) 1:30:03 Mézidon-Canon, France 2 May 1999
South American record   Miriam Ramón (ECU) 1:31:25 Lima, Peru 7 May 2005
European record   Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
Oceanian record   Jane Saville (AUS) 1:27:44 Naumburg, Germany 2 May 2004

Qualification standardsEdit

A time B time
1:33:30 1:38:00


Date Time Round
August 16, 2009 12:00 Final


Olga Kaniskina defended her 20 km walk World Championships title
Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
  DSQ   Russia (RUS) 1:28:09
  Olive Loughnane   Ireland (IRL) 1:28:58 SB
  Liu Hong   China (CHN) 1:29:10 SB
4 Anisya Kirdyapkina   Russia (RUS) 1:30:09
5 Vera Santos   Portugal (POR) 1:30:35
6 Beatriz Pascual   Spain (ESP) 1:30:40
7 Masumi Fuchise   Japan (JPN) 1:31:15
8 Kristina Saltanovič   Lithuania (LTU) 1:31:23 SB
9 Elisa Rigaudo   Italy (ITA) 1:31:52
10 Susana Feitor   Portugal (POR) 1:32:04
11 Inês Henriques   Portugal (POR) 1:32:51
12 Kumi Otoshi   Japan (JPN) 1:33:05
13 Larisa Emelyanova   Russia (RUS) 1:34:31
14 Vera Sokolova   Russia (RUS) 1:34:35
15 Sniazhana Yurchanka   Belarus (BLR) 1:34:57
16 Ana Maria Groza   Romania (ROM) 1:35:19
17 Valentina Trapletti   Italy (ITA) 1:35:33 SB
18 Yang Mingxia   China (CHN) 1:35:42
19 Zuzana Schindlerová   Czech Republic (CZE) 1:35:47
20 Tania Regina Spindler   Brazil (BRA) 1:35:51
21 Evaggelía Xinoú   Greece (GRE) 1:35:56
22 Jess Rothwell   Australia (AUS) 1:36:01
23 Claudia Stef   Romania (ROM) 1:36:09
24 Brigita Virbalytė   Lithuania (LTU) 1:36:28
25 Marie Polli   Switzerland (SUI) 1:36:44
26 Zuzana Malíková   Slovakia (SVK) 1:37:47
27 Claire Tallent   Australia (AUS) 1:38:12
28 Agnieszka Dygacz   Poland (POL) 1:38:36
29 Alessandra Picagevicz   Brazil (BRA) 1:38:50
30 Geovana Irusta   Bolivia (BOL) 1:39:16
31 Chaima Trabelsi   Tunisia (TUN) 1:39:50
32 Svetlana Tolstaya   Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1:40:41 SB
33 Johana Ordóñez   Ecuador (ECU) 1:42:27
34 Anamaria Greceanu   Romania (ROM) 1:43:35
35 Rachel Lavallée   Canada (CAN) 1:45:45
36 Olha Yakovenko   Ukraine (UKR) 1:45:55
37 Cristina López   El Salvador (ESA) 1:47:33 SB
Cheryl Webb   Australia (AUS) DQ
Johanna Jackson   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) DQ
María Hatzipanayiotídou   Greece (GRE) DQ
Yang Yawei   China (CHN) DQ
Monica Svensson   Sweden (SWE) DQ
Mária Gáliková   Slovakia (SVK) DQ
Mayumi Kawasaki   Japan (JPN) DQ
Kjersti Plätzer   Norway (NOR) DQ
María Vasco   Spain (ESP) DNF
Teresa Vaill   United States (USA) DNF
Sabine Krantz   Germany (GER) DNF

DNF = did not finish | DNS = did not start | DQ = disqualification | NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result) | Q = qualification by place in heat | q = qualification by overall place


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