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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 20 kilometres walk

The men's 20 kilometres race walk at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place on 12 August on a route along Pontal. Wang Zhen was the first male athletics medallist of the games. His Chinese teammate Cai Zelin was second and Dane Bird-Smith of Australia took the bronze.

Men's 20 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenuePontal
Date12 August 2016
Competitors74 from 40 nations
Winning time1:19:14
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Wang Zhen  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Cai Zelin  China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dane Bird-Smith  Australia
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SummaryEdit

Miguel Ángel López of Spain, the reigning 2015 World Champion, was among the favourites though he was not high on the world lists that year. The defending 2012 Olympic champion Chen Ding had been defeated in national competition by Wang Zhen, who was fifth on the seasonal rankings and had won the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships. Cai Zelin (fourth at the 2012 Olympics) rounded out the strong Chinese team. Japan entered a fast team, headed by the world's top three ranked walkers: Eiki Takahashi, Isamu Fujisawa and Daisuke Matsunaga.[1][2] The ban of the perennially strong Russian team affected the quality of entrants.

In the race, Tom Bosworth of Great Britain was a leader for much of the race until Wang Zhen increased the pace and disrupted the lead pack. Neither the Olympic nor World Champion could follow and López ultimately fell to tenth overall. Wang's lead was never assailed and his compatriot Cai ended the race as silver medallist some 12 seconds behind. Australia's Dane Bird-Smith outwalked home athlete Caio Bonfim to take the bronze medal, though Bonfim was rewarded with fourth and a Brazilian record.[2][3] While Bosworth faded to sixth, he still left with the British national record.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Brasília Time (UTC−3).

Date Time Round
Friday, 12 August 2016 14:30 Final

RecordsEdit

Prior to this event, the existing World and Olympic records stood as follows.

World record   Yusuke Suzuki (JPN) 1:16:36 Nomi, Japan 15 March 2015
Olympic record   Chen Ding (CHN) 1:18.46 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012

ResultEdit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
  Wang Zhen   China 1:19:14
  Cai Zelin   China 1:19:26 PB
  Dane Bird-Smith   Australia 1:19:37 PB
4 Caio Bonfim   Brazil 1:19:42 NR
5 Christopher Linke   Germany 1:20:00
6 Tom Bosworth   Great Britain 1:20:13 NR
7 Daisuke Matsunaga   Japan 1:20:22
8 Matteo Giupponi   Italy 1:20:27 PB
9 Esteban Soto   Colombia 1:20:36 PB
10 Evan Dunfee   Canada 1:20:49
11 Miguel Ángel López   Spain 1:20:58
12 Inaki Gomez   Canada 1:21:12
13 Manish Singh   India 1:21:21
14 Ever Palma   Mexico 1:21:24
15 Éider Arévalo   Colombia 1:21:36
16 Ruslan Dmytrenko   Ukraine 1:21:40
17 Kim Hyun-sub   South Korea 1:21:44 SB
18 Hagen Pohle   Germany 1:21:44
19 Jakub Jelonek   Poland 1:21:52
20 Alexandros Papamichail   Greece 1:21:55
21 Isamu Fujisawa   Japan 1:22:03
22 Álvaro Martín   Spain 1:22:11
23 Pedro Daniel Gómez   Mexico 1:22:22
24 Richard Vargas   Venezuela 1:22:23
25 Yerko Araya   Chile 1:22:23
26 Marius Žiūkas   Lithuania 1:22:27 SB
27 Benjamin Thorne   Canada 1:22:28
28 Máté Helebrandt   Hungary 1:22:31 PB
29 Luis Fernando López   Colombia 1:22:32
30 Ersin Tacir   Turkey 1:22:53
31 João Vieira   Portugal 1:23:03
32 Anton Kučmín   Slovakia 1:23:17
33 Rhydian Cowley   Australia 1:23:30
34 Georgiy Sheiko   Kazakhstan 1:23:31
35 Ihor Hlavan   Ukraine 1:23:32
36 Hassanine Sebei   Tunisia 1:23:44
37 Daniel Pintado   Ecuador 1:23:44
38 Nils Brembach   Germany 1:23:46
39 Chen Ding   China 1:23:54
40 Nazar Kovalenko   Ukraine 1:24:40
41 Paolo Yurivilca   Peru 1:24:48
42 Eiki Takahashi   Japan 1:24:59
43 Aliaksandr Liakhovich   Belarus 1:25:04
44 Lebogang Shange   South Africa 1:25:07
45 Marco Antonio Rodríguez   Bolivia 1:25:11 SB
46 Alex Wright   Ireland 1:25:25
47 Artur Brzozowski   Poland 1:25:29
48 Erik Tysse   Norway 1:26:06
49 Kévin Campion   France 1:26:22
50 Erick Barrondo   Guatemala 1:27:01
51 Juan Manuel Cano   Argentina 1:27:27
52 Julio César Salazar   Mexico 1:27:38
53 Sérgio Vieira   Portugal 1:27:39
54 Hamid Reza Zouravand   Iran 1:27:45
55 Francisco Arcilla   Spain 1:27:50
56 José María Raymundo   Guatemala 1:29:07
57 Choe Byeong-kwang   South Korea 1:29:08
58 Wayne Snyman   South Africa 1:29:20
59 Marius Šavelskis   Lithuania 1:29:26
60 Nguyễn Thành Ngưng   Vietnam 1:30:01
61 Byun Young-jun   South Korea 1:30:38
62 Mert Atlı   Turkey 1:31:36
63 Moacir Zimmermann   Brazil 1:33:58
Samuel Ireri Gathimba   Kenya DNF
Simon Wachira   Kenya DNF
Perseus Karlström   Sweden DNF
Dzianis Simanovich   Belarus DNF
José Alessandro Bagio   Brazil DNF
Andrés Chocho   Ecuador DQ R230.7
Mauricio Arteaga   Ecuador DQ R230.7
Ganapathi Krishnan   India DQ R230.7
Łukasz Nowak   Poland DQ R230.7
Quentin Rew   New Zealand DQ R230.7
Gurmeet Singh   India DQ R230.7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Minshull, Phil (2016-08-06). Preview: men's 20km race walk – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  2. ^ a b senior outdoor 2016 20 Kilometres Race Walk men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  3. ^ Minshull, Phil (2016-08-12). Report: men's 20km race walk – Rio 2016 Olympic Games . IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.