Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 20 kilometres walk
|Women's 20 kilometres walk|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Date||11 August 2012|
|Competitors||61 from 33 nations|
|Winning time||1:25:02 WR|
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.[failed verification]
Prior to the competition[update], 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:
|11 August||Final||Elena Lashmanova||Russia||1:25:02||WR|
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- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "20km walk women results". Athletics – London 2012 Olympics. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Upholds Six Appeals Filed by the IAAF Against Russian Athlete.