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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 20 kilometres walk

The women's 20 kilometres walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held on 11 August[2] on a route along The Mall and Constitution Hill.[3]

Women's 20 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueThe Mall
Date11 August 2012
Competitors61 from 33 nations
Winning time1:25:02 WR
1st, gold medalist(s) Elena Lashmanova  Russia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Shenjie Qieyang[1]  China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Liu Hong  China
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From the start of the race, defending champion Olga Kaniskina took the lead, only Liu Hong would go with her. The two opened up a big gap with a chase pack of a Guatemalan, the other 2 Russians, other 2 Chinese. By the end of 8K the pack began to lose walkers, Mirna Ortíz and Johanna Jackson were disqualified, and Liu began to lose contact, Kaniskina off on her own. Shortly after the half way mark, the pack was down to Elena Lashmanova and Anisya Kirdyapkina leading Xiuzhi Lu and Shenjie Qieyang An hour into the race and Lu began to lose contact, Lashmanova, Kirdyapkina and Qieyang chasing and then swallowing up Liu. By 14 km Kaniskina had a 33-second lead. Almost unnoticeable, the gap between Kaniskina and the chasers had come down to 24 seconds at 16 km, Kirdyapkina and then Liu struggling to stay with the group. After another 2K lap, the gap was down to 17 seconds at 18 km, still seemingly insurmountable with just one lap to go. With Kaniskina looking strong, the gap kept falling. Kaniskina started to show the strain, as the pass became inevitable she began the most pronounced arm swing trying to find that last bit of speed, but it wasn't enough. Less than 200 metres from the finish Lashmanova went by Kaniskina and on to the gold carpet. Lashmanova finished with a 1:25:02 world record. Broken Kaniskina finished 7 seconds back, just a second slower than the previous world record. Qieyang happily finished another 7 seconds later for bronze. After the finish, Kaniskina was barely able to walk, while a fresh Lashmanova celebrated her victory.[4][failed verification]


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

World record   Vera Sokolova (RUS) 1:25:08 Sochi, Russia 26 February 2011
Olympic record   Olga Kaniskina (RUS) 1:26:31 Beijing, China 21 August 2008
2012 World leading   Elmira Alembekova (RUS) 1:25:27 Sochi, Russia 18 February 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
11 August Final Elena Lashmanova   Russia 1:25:02 WR


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
11 August 2012 17:00 Final


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes[5]
  Elena Lashmanova   Russia 1:25:02 WR
N/A DSQ Olga Kaniskina   Russia 1:25:09 DSQ[6]
  Qieyang Shenjie   China 1:25:16 AR
  Liu Hong   China 1:26:00
N/A DSQ Anisya Kirdyapkina   Russia 1:26:26 DSQ
6 Lü Xiuzhi   China 1:27:10
7 Elisa Rigaudo   Italy 1:27:36 SB
8 Beatriz Pascual   Spain 1:27:56 SB
9 Ana Cabecinha   Portugal 1:28:03 SB
10 María Vasco   Spain 1:28:14 SB
11 Masumi Fuchise   Japan 1:28:41 SB
12 María José Poves   Spain 1:29:36
13 Olive Loughnane   Ireland 1:29:39 SB
14 Eleonora Giorgi   Italy 1:29:48 PB
15 Inês Henriques   Portugal 1:29:54 SB
16 Nadiya Borovska   Ukraine 1:30:03 PB
17 Regan Lamble   Australia 1:30:08 PB
18 Mayumi Kawasaki   Japan 1:30:20 SB
19 Melanie Seeger   Germany 1:30:44 SB
20 Laura Reynolds   Ireland 1:31:02 PB
21 Kristina Saltanovic   Lithuania 1:31:04 SB
22 Agnieszka Szwarnóg   Poland 1:31:14
23 Agnieszka Dygacz   Poland 1:31:28 SB
24 Agnese Pastare   Latvia 1:31:54 SB
25 Hanna Drabenia   Belarus 1:31:58 PB
26 Brigita Virbalyte   Lithuania 1:31:58
27 Olha Iakovenko   Ukraine 1:32:07 PB
28 Beki Lee   Australia 1:32:14 PB
29 Maria Michta   United States 1:32:27 PB
30 Monica Equihua   Mexico 1:32:28 PB
31 Jamy Franco   Guatemala 1:33:18
32 Sandra Arenas   Colombia 1:33:21
33 Claudia Balderrama   Bolivia 1:33:28 PB
34 Ingrid Hernandez   Colombia 1:33:34 PB
35 Lucie Pelantova   Czech Republic 1:33:35
36 Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc   Vietnam 1:33:36 NR
37 Kumi Otoshi   Japan 1:33:50
38 Claudia Stef   Romania 1:33:56
39 Neringa Aidietyte   Lithuania 1:34:01
40 Yadira Guaman   Ecuador 1:34:47 PB
41 Viktória Madarász   Hungary 1:34:48
42 Ayman Kozhakhmetova   Kazakhstan 1:35:00
43 Arabelly Orjuela   Colombia 1:35:05
44 Despina Zapounidou   Greece 1:35:19
45 Paulina Buziak   Poland 1:35:23
46 Mayra Herrera   Guatemala 1:35:33
47 Semiha Mutlu   Turkey 1:35:33 PB
48 Nastassia Yatsevich   Belarus 1:35:41
49 Vera Santos   Portugal 1:35:51
50 Olena Shumkina   Ukraine 1:36:42
51 Paola Perez   Ecuador 1:37:05
52 Rachel Seaman   Canada 1:37:36
53 Maria Czakova   Slovakia 1:37:43
54 Anne Halkivaha   Finland 1:38:49
55 Milangela Rosales   Venezuela 1:42:46
Sabine Krantz   Germany DNF
Sholpan Kozhakhmetova   Kazakhstan DNF
Johanna Jackson   Great Britain DQ
Jeon Yeong-Eun   South Korea DQ
Mirna Ortiz   Guatemala DQ
Claire Tallent   Australia DQ
  • On 24 March 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has issued a decision that all competitive results obtained by Olga Kaniskina from 15 August 2009 to 15 October 2012 are disqualified for doping.[7]


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  2. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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  5. ^ "20km walk women results". Athletics – London 2012 Olympics. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
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  7. ^ The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Upholds Six Appeals Filed by the IAAF Against Russian Athlete.