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2015 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 20 kilometres walk

The women's 20 kilometres walk at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 28 August.[1][2]

Women's 20 kilometres walk
at the 2015 World Championships
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates28 August
Competitors49 from 27 nations
Winning time1:27:45
gold medal    China
silver medal    China
bronze medal    Ukraine
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The defending champion Elena Lashmanova would not be here, while she serves her drug suspension. In fact the entire Russian team did not compete here amid the drug scandal surrounding their coach Viktor Chegin. It looked like world record holder, world leader Liu Hong, walking on home soil was the prohibitive favorite. Liu's one complication was her teammate Xiuzhi Lu. Like in the men's race, the two Chinese walkers took off hard from the start, only Anežka Drahotová tried to go with them. That lasted about 4 km, from that point on the two walkers were out on their own almost tied by a string, swapping the lead occasionally though Lu was setting the pace the majority of the time. They hit 5K in 22:24; 10K in 44:19 (21:55 split) with a 30-second lead and 15K in 1:06:24 (22:05 split). The chase pack was Lyudmyla Olyanovska, Elisa Rigaudo, Eleonora Giorgi and Érica de Sena. de Sena was the first to fall off pace around 12K, both of the Italians were later asked to leave the course. Between 10 and 15K the lead actually shrunk to 20 seconds, but the closing 5K in 21:22 settled it for everyone but the two Chinese walkers. They battled neck and neck until just about the time they re-entered the stadium, when Lu seemed to concede to Liu and walked the remainder on the track in her footsteps. With the domestic crowd going crazy, Lu crossed the finish line virtually in Liu's shadow, the separation .26 of a second for the closest finish for a race walk in World Championships history. Because it is a road course, the official times are only accurate to one second so both athlete's times round to the same time. Olyanovska continued to hold on, finishing just 28 seconds back for bronze. The rest of the field finished more than 1:15 behind her.[3] It was the first gold medal for the home team at these championships.[4]


Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[5]

World record   Liu Hong (CHN) 1:24:38 La Coruña, Spain 6 June 2015
Championship record   Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
World Leading   Liu Hong (CHN) 1:24:38 La Coruña, Spain 6 June 2015
African Record   Grace Wanjiru (KEN) 1:34:19 Nairobi, Kenya 1 August 2010
Asian Record   Liu Hong (CHN) 1:24:38 La Coruña, Spain 6 June 2015
North, Central American and Caribbean record   Mirna Ortiz (GUA) 1:28:31 Rio Maior, Portugal 6 April 2013
South American Record   Érica de Sena (BRA) 1:29:37 Dudince, Slovakia 21 March 2015
European Record   Elena Lashmanova (RUS) 1:25:02 London, Great Britain 11 August 2012
Oceanian record   Jane Saville (AUS) 1:27:44 Naumburg, Germany 2 May 2004

Qualification standardsEdit



Date Time Round
28 August 2015 08:30 Final

All times are local times (UTC+8)


The race was started at 08:30.[7]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Liu Hong   China (CHN) 1:27:45
  Lü Xiuzhi   China (CHN) 1:27:45
  Lyudmyla Olyanovska   Ukraine (UKR) 1:28:13
4 Ana Cabecinha   Portugal (POR) 1:29:29
5 Antonella Palmisano   Italy (ITA) 1:29:34
6 Érica de Sena   Brazil (BRA) 1:30:06
7 Brigita Virbalytė   Lithuania (LTU) 1:30:20 PB
8 Anežka Drahotová   Czech Republic (CZE) 1:30:32
9 Alejandra Ortega   Mexico (MEX) 1:31:04 PB
10 María José Poves   Spain (ESP) 1:31:06 SB
11 Nadiya Borovska   Ukraine (UKR) 1:31:18
12 Mirna Ortiz   Guatemala (GUA) 1:31:32
13 Rachel Seaman   Canada (CAN) 1:31:39
14 Raquel González   Spain (ESP) 1:32:00
15 Viktória Madarász   Hungary (HUN) 1:32:01
16 Paola Pérez   Ecuador (ECU) 1:32:12
17 Nie Jingjing   China (CHN) 1:32:40
18 Alana Barber   New Zealand (NZL) 1:33:20 NR
19 Sandra Arenas   Colombia (COL) 1:33:24
20 Maria Michta-Coffey   United States (USA) 1:33:24
21 Vera Santos   Portugal (POR) 1:34:01
22 Wendy Cornejo   Bolivia (BOL) 1:34:12 PB
23 Inês Henriques   Portugal (POR) 1:34:47
24 Claudia Ștef   Romania (ROM) 1:34:51
25 Kumiko Okada   Japan (JPN) 1:34:56
26 Miranda Melville   United States (USA) 1:35:19
27 Jeon Yeong-eun   South Korea (KOR) 1:35:48
28 Maritza Poncio   Guatemala (GUA) 1:35:53
29 Cisiane Lopes   Brazil (BRA) 1:36:06
30 Mária Czaková   Slovakia (SVK) 1:36:08
31 Émilie Menuet   France (FRA) 1:36:17
32 Laura García-Caro   Spain (ESP) 1:36:22
33 Laura Polli   Switzerland (SUI) 1:36:26 SB
34 Rachel Tallent   Australia (AUS) 1:36:27
35 Lee Jeong-eun   South Korea (KOR) 1:36:52
36 Lucie Pelantová   Czech Republic (CZE) 1:38:34
37 Khushbir Kaur   India (IND) 1:38:53
38 Agnieszka Dygacz   Poland (POL) 1:39:06
39 Mayra Herrera   Guatemala (GUA) 1:39:23
40 Marie Polli   Switzerland (SUI) 1:39:49
41 Mária Gáliková   Slovakia (SVK) 1:40:06
42 Olena Shumkina   Ukraine (UKR) 1:41:30
Beki Smith   Australia (AUS) DQ
Claudia Balderrama   Bolivia (BOL) DQ
Sapana Sapana   India (IND) DQ
Eleonora Giorgi   Italy (ITA) DQ
Elisa Rigaudo   Italy (ITA) DQ
Neringa Aidietytė   Lithuania (LTU) DQ
Kimberly García   Peru (PER) DNF
Kelly Ruddick   Australia (AUS) DNS


  1. ^ "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ Start list
  3. ^ "REPORT: WOMEN'S 20KM RACE WALK – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". 28 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Records & Lists – Race Walk". IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  6. ^ IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2012, retrieved 18 August 2015
  7. ^ Final results