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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres walk

The men's 50 kilometres race walk at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held through the streets of Athens with the start and finish at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 27.[1][2]

Men's 50 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates27 August
Competitors54 from 29 nations
Winning time3:38:46
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Korzeniowski  Poland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Denis Nizhegorodov  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Aleksey Voyevodin  Russia
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The race had started in the virtually empty Olympic Stadium with fifty-four walkers lining up the field. The Chinese trio of Han Yucheng, Yu Chaohong, and Alatan Gadasu hurtled away from the pack to take the front as they left the stadium. In the early laps, Han made a tactical move to continuously lead the Chinese walkers within five minutes, but he received his first of three warnings, fell off back to the pack, and was later disqualified after the red paddle. Ten minutes into the race, the Chinese duo were soon joined by four other walkers, Russia's world record holder Denis Nizhegorodov and his teammate Aleksey Voyevodin, 20 km bronze medalist Nathan Deakes of Australia, and defending Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski.

Between 10 and 30k, Nizhegorodov and Korzeniowski moved to the front of the pack and stayed abreast each other through most of the race. At the halfway point, the leading group had been whittled down to four. Korzeniowski was still in the lead with the Russian duo and Deakes attempting to overtake him. While Nizhegorodov and Voyevodin created a gap as they separated from the group to gain a thirty-second advantage, it came down to a chase between Korzeniowski and Deakes to take the lead with only one hour to go. Deakes was eventually disqualified after his third warning with the red card, and Korzeniowski steadily broke away from the field to own the remaining third of the race.

At around 35k, Korzeniowski had commanded a 30-second lead over the weary Nizhegorodov and a further 22 seconds over Yu Chaohong. Walking tirelessly in fourth, Voyevodin managed to bridge back to the pack and launched a charge to strengthen his pace closely behind Yu.

Coming through the 45k mark and into the Olympic Stadium, Korzeniowski increased his lead by fifteen seconds ahead of the world record holder before storming his way at the final turn to cross the finish line for the last time in his competitive career. With a historic win, he added a fourth gold medal to his Olympic tally in 3:38:46.[3]

Five minutes behind Korzeniowski, Nizhegorodov appeared unstable on the home stretch, but had accumulated much ground to finish strong with a silver medal, before collapsing to the track in exhaustion. Meanwhile, his fast-charging teammate Voyevodin surpassed the confident Yu just outside the stadium to claim the bronze with a tremendous finish, edging the Chinese off the podium by eleven seconds.[3][4][5]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS) 3:35:29 Cheboksary, Russia 13 June 2004
Olympic record   Vyacheslav Ivanenko (URS) 3:38:29 Seoul, South Korea 30 September 1988

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 20 kilometres race walk, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 4:00:00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 4:07:00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 27 August 2004 07:00 Final


Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
  Robert Korzeniowski   Poland 3:38:46
  Denis Nizhegorodov   Russia 3:42:50
  Aleksey Voyevodin   Russia 3:43:34
4 Yu Chaohong   China 3:43:45
5 Jesús Angel García   Spain 3:44:42 SB
6 Roman Magdziarczyk   Poland 3:48:11
7 Grzegorz Sudoł   Poland 3:49:09 PB
8 Santiago Pérez   Spain 3:49:48 SB
9 Yuriy Andronov   Russia 3:50:28
10 Alatan Gadasu   China 3:51:55
11 Aigars Fadejevs   Latvia 3:52:52
12 Jefferson Pérez   Ecuador 3:53:04 NR
13 Trond Nymark   Norway 3:53:20 SB
14 Peter Korčok   Slovakia 3:54:22
15 Miguel Rodríguez   Mexico 3:55:43
16 Yuki Yamazaki   Japan 3:57:00
17 Germán Sánchez   Mexico 3:58:33
18 Miloš Bátovský   Slovakia 3:59:11
19 Andrei Stsepanchuk   Belarus 3:59:32
20 Sergey Korepanov   Kazakhstan 3:59:33
21 Eddy Riva   France 4:00:25
22 David Boulanger   France 4:01:32
23 Aleksandar Raković   Serbia and Montenegro 4:02:06
24 Zoltán Czukor   Hungary 4:03:51
25 Modris Liepinš   Latvia 4:04:26
26 Sérgio Galdino   Brazil 4:05:02
27 Kim Dong-young   South Korea 4:05:16
28 Jani Lehtinen   Finland 4:05:35
29 Craig Barrett   New Zealand 4:06:48
30 Daugvinas Zujus   Lithuania 4:09:41
31 Tim Berrett   Canada 4:10:31
32 Curt Clausen   United States 4:11:31
33 José Antonio González   Spain 4:11:51
34 Jorge Costa   Portugal 4:12:24
35 Philip Dunn   United States 4:12:49
36 Kazimír Verkin   Slovakia 4:13:11
37 Rustam Kuvatov   Kazakhstan 4:13:40
38 Miloš Holuša   Czech Republic 4:15:01
39 Georgios Argiropoulos   Greece 4:17:25
40 Mario José dos Santos   Brazil 4:20:11
41 János Tóth   Hungary 4:29:33
Spiridon Kastanis   Greece DNF
Denis Langlois   France DNF
André Höhne   Germany DNF
Luis Fernando García   Guatemala DNF
Mario Iván Flores   Mexico DNF
Pedro Martins   Portugal DNF
Theodoros Stamatopoulos   Greece DNF
Han Yucheng   China DNF
Takayuki Tanii   Japan DSQ
Nathan Deakes   Australia DSQ
Andreas Erm   Germany DSQ
Julio René Martínez   Guatemala DSQ
Giovanni de Benedictis   Italy DSQ


  1. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 50km Race Walk Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Men's 50 kilometres Walk". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Arcoleo, Laura (27 August 2004). "Olympic gold number four for Korzeniowski". IAAF. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Korzeniowski wins historic third 50km walk". 27 August 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Polish walker earns fourth Olympic gold". USA Today. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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