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The 50 kilometre race walk is an Olympic athletics event. The racewalking event is competed as a road race. Athletes must always keep in contact with the ground and the supporting leg must remain straight until the raised leg passes it. Fifty kilometres is approximately 31 miles.

Athletics
50 kilometre race walk
2005 World Championships in Athletics2.jpg
Men's racewalk. Walker at right appears to be illegal in that both feet are off the ground, but an infraction is only committed when loss of contact is visible to the human eye.[1]
Men's records
WorldFrance Yohann Diniz 3:32:33 (2014)
OlympicAustralia Jared Tallent 3:36:53 (2012)
Women's records
WorldChina Liang Rui 4:04:36 (2018)
Yohann Diniz, world record holder

World recordsEdit

The men's world record for the 50 km race walk was held by Denis Nizhegorodov, through his race of 3:34:14 in Cheboksary in 2008, until it was beaten by Yohann Diniz at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich, in a time of 3:32:33.

All-time top 25 racewalkersEdit

MenEdit

  • Correct as of March 2019.[2]
Rank Time Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 3:32:33 Yohann Diniz   France 15 August 2014 Zürich [3]
2 3:34:14 Denis Nizhegorodov   Russia 11 May 2008 Cheboksary
3 3:34:38 Matej Tóth   Slovakia 21 March 2015 Dudince [4]
4 3:35:47 Nathan Deakes   Australia 2 December 2006 Geelong
5 3:36:03 Robert Korzeniowski   Poland 27 August 2003 Saint-Denis
6 3:36:04 Alex Schwazer   Italy 11 February 2007 Rosignano Solvay
7 3:36:06 Yu Chaohong   China 22 October 2005 Nanjing
8 3:36:13 Zhao Chengliang   China 22 October 2005 Nanjing
9 3:36:20 Han Yucheng   China 27 February 2005 Nanning
10 3:36:42 German Skurygin   Russia 27 August 2003 Saint-Denis
11 3:36:53 Jared Tallent   Australia 11 August 2012 London
12 3:37:16 Si Tianfeng   China 11 August 2012 London
13 3:37:26 Valeriy Spitsyn   Russia 21 May 2000 Moskva
14 3:37:41 Andrey Perlov   Soviet Union 5 August 1989 Leningrad
Ivan Noskov   Russia 15 August 2014 Zürich
16 3:37:46 Andreas Erm   Germany 27 August 2003 Saint-Denis
17 3:37:54 Robert Heffernan   Ireland 11 August 2012 London [5]
18 3:37:58 Xing Shucai   China 27 February 2005 Nanning
19 3:38:01 Aleksey Voyevodin   Russia 27 August 2003 Saint-Denis
20 3:38:02 Wang Qin   China 9 March 2019 Huangshan [6]
21 3:38:08 Sergey Kirdyapkin   Russia 12 August 2005 Helsinki
Igor Yerokhin   Russia 8 June 2008 Saransk
23 3:38:17 Ronald Weigel   East Germany 25 May 1986 Potsdam
24 3:38:29 Vyacheslav Ivanenko   Soviet Union 30 September 1988 Seoul
25 3:38:43 Valentí Massana   Spain 20 March 1994 Orense

NotesEdit

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 3:38:31:

WomenEdit

  • Correct as of October 2019.[7]
Rank Time Athlete Nationality Date Place Ref
1 3:59:15 Liu Hong   China 9 March 2019 Huangshan [8]
2 4:03:51 Li Maocuo   China 9 March 2019 Huangshan [9]
3 4:04:36 Liang Rui   China 5 May 2018 Taicang [10]
4 4:04:50 Eleonora Giorgi   Italy 19 May 2019 Alytus [11]
5 4:05:46 Júlia Takács   Spain 19 May 2019 Alytus [12]
6 4:05:56 Inês Henriques   Portugal 13 August 2017 London [13]
7 4:07:30 Ma Faying   China 9 March 2019 Huangshan [14]
8 4:08:58 Yin Hang   China 13 August 2017 London [15]
9 4:09:33 Claire Tallent   Australia 5 May 2018 Taicang [16]
10 4:10:59 Monica Svensson   Sweden 21 October 2007 Scanzorosciate
11 4:11:01 Raquel González   Spain 10 February 2019 El Vendrell [17]
12 4:11:12 Johana Ordóñez   Ecuador 11 August 2019 Lima [18]
13 4:12:16 Yelena Ginko   Belarus 17 October 2004 Scanzorosciate
14 4:12:44 Alina Tsviliy   Ukraine 7 August 2018 Berlin [19]
15 4:12:56 Paola Pérez   Ecuador 5 May 2018 Taicang [20]
16 4:13:56 Mirna Ortíz   Guatemala 24 February 2019 Guatemala City [21]
17 4:14:25 Mária Czaková   Slovakia 24 March 2018 Dudince [22]
18 4:14:31 Jiang Pengqin   China 9 March 2019 Huangshan
19 4:14:46 Klavdiya Afanasyeva   Russia 9 June 2018 Cheboksary [23]
20 4:14:49 Bai Tiantian   China 9 March 2019 Huangshan
21 4:15:33 Wang Yingliu   China 9 March 2019 Huangshan
22 4:15:42 Mayra Herrera   Guatemala 9 September 2017 Owego
23 4:15:50 Valentyna Myronchuk   Ukraine 19 May 2019 Alytus [24]
24 4:16:27 Jolanta Dukure   Latvia 9 September 2006 Paralepa
25 4:16:39 Nastassia Yatsevich   Belarus 19 May 2019 Alytus [25]

NotesEdit

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 4:16:39:

Olympic medalistsEdit

Men’sEdit

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1932 Los Angeles
details
Tommy Green
  Great Britain
Jānis Daliņš
  Latvia
Ugo Frigerio
  Italy
1936 Berlin
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Harold Whitlock
  Great Britain
Arthur Tell Schwab
  Switzerland
Adalberts Bubenko
  Latvia
1948 London
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John Ljunggren
  Sweden
Gaston Godel
  Switzerland
Tebbs Lloyd Johnson
  Great Britain
1952 Helsinki
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Pino Dordoni
  Italy
Josef Doležal
  Czechoslovakia
Antal Róka
  Hungary
1956 Melbourne
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Norman Read
  New Zealand
Yevgeniy Maskinskov
  Soviet Union
John Ljunggren
  Sweden
1960 Rome
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Don Thompson
  Great Britain
John Ljunggren
  Sweden
Abdon Pamich
  Italy
1964 Tokyo
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Abdon Pamich
  Italy
Paul Nihill
  Great Britain
Ingvar Pettersson
  Sweden
1968 Mexico City
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Christoph Höhne
  East Germany
Antal Kiss
  Hungary
Larry Young
  United States
1972 Munich
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Bernd Kannenberg
  West Germany
Veniamin Soldatenko
  Soviet Union
Larry Young
  United States
1976 Montreal not included in the Olympic program
1980 Moscow
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Hartwig Gauder
  East Germany
Jordi Llopart
  Spain
Yevgeniy Ivchenko
  Soviet Union
1984 Los Angeles
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Raúl González
  Mexico
Bo Gustafsson
  Sweden
Sandro Bellucci
  Italy
1988 Seoul
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Vyacheslav Ivanenko
  Soviet Union
Ronald Weigel
  East Germany
Hartwig Gauder
  East Germany
1992 Barcelona
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Andrey Perlov
  Unified Team
Carlos Mercenario
  Mexico
Ronald Weigel
  Germany
1996 Atlanta
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Robert Korzeniowski
  Poland
Mikhail Shchennikov
  Russia
Valentí Massana
  Spain
2000 Sydney
details
Robert Korzeniowski
  Poland
Aigars Fadejevs
  Latvia
Joel Sánchez
  Mexico
2004 Athens
details
Robert Korzeniowski
  Poland
Denis Nizhegorodov
  Russia
Aleksey Voyevodin
  Russia
2008 Beijing
details
Alex Schwazer
  Italy
Jared Tallent
  Australia
Denis Nizhegorodov
  Russia
2012 London
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Jared Tallent
  Australia
Si Tianfeng
  China
Robert Heffernan
  Ireland
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Matej Tóth
  Slovakia
Jared Tallent
  Australia
Hirooki Arai
  Japan

World Championships medalistsEdit

Men’sEdit

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1976 Malmö   Veniamin Soldatenko (URS)   Enrique Vera (MEX)   Reima Salonen (FIN)
1983 Helsinki
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  Ronald Weigel (GDR)   José Marín (ESP)   Sergey Yung (URS)
1987 Rome
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  Hartwig Gauder (GDR)   Ronald Weigel (GDR)   Vyacheslav Ivanenko (URS)
1991 Tokyo
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  Aleksandr Potashov (URS)   Andrey Perlov (URS)   Hartwig Gauder (GER)
1993 Stuttgart
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  Jesús Ángel García (ESP)   Valentin Kononen (FIN)   Valeriy Spitsyn (RUS)
1995 Gothenburg
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  Valentin Kononen (FIN)   Giovanni Perricelli (ITA)   Robert Korzeniowski (POL)
1997 Athens
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  Robert Korzeniowski (POL)   Jesús Ángel García (ESP)   Miguel Rodríguez (MEX)
1999 Seville
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  Ivano Brugnetti (ITA)   Nikolay Matyukhin (RUS)   Curt Clausen (USA)
2001 Edmonton
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  Robert Korzeniowski (POL)   Jesús Ángel García (ESP)   Edgar Hernández (MEX)
2003 Saint-Denis
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  Robert Korzeniowski (POL)   German Skurygin (RUS)   Andreas Erm (GER)
2005 Helsinki
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  Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS)   Aleksey Voyevodin (RUS)   Alex Schwazer (ITA)
2007 Osaka
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  Nathan Deakes (AUS)   Yohann Diniz (FRA)   Alex Schwazer (ITA)
2009 Berlin
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  Sergey Kirdyapkin (RUS)   Trond Nymark (NOR)   Jesús Ángel García (ESP)
2011 Daegu
details
  Sergey Bakulin (RUS)   Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS)   Jared Tallent (AUS)
2013 Moscow
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  Robert Heffernan (IRL)   Mikhail Ryzhov (RUS)   Jared Tallent (AUS)
2015 Beijing
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  Matej Tóth (SVK)   Jared Tallent (AUS)   Takayuki Tanii (JPN)
2017 London
details
  Yohann Diniz (FRA)   Hirooki Arai (JPN)   Kai Kobayashi (JPN)
2019 Doha
details
  Yusuke Suzuki (JPN)   João Vieira (POR)   Evan Dunfee (CAN)

Women’sEdit

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
2017 London
details
  Inês Henriques (POR)   Yin Hang (CHN)   Yang Shuqing (CHN)
2019 Doha
details
  Liang Rui (CHN)   Li Maocuo (CHN)   Eleonora Giorgi (ITA)

ReferencesEdit

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