Racewalking in the Olympics

Walking as an Olympic event was introduced in the 1906 Athens games.

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In the Olympics Since the 1906 Athens Games

Walking as an Olympic event was introduced in the 1906 Athens games. The 1906 games where staged two years after the 1904 St Louis games and are considered the Interim games. A 1500 meter and 3,000 meter walk was held. In 1908 theses two walk were replaced with a 3500 meter walk as well as a 10 mile walk.

1912 saw the 10,000 meter walk as the only walking event. In 1932 the Los Angeles games saw the 50 kilometer distance contested for the first time. It wasn't until the 1956 Melbourne games the the 20 kilometer was introduced. The 20 and 50 kilometer walks have been the two distance contested by the men in every Olympiad since Melbourne except when the 50k walk was the only walk in Montreal. A 10,000 meter womens walk was added in the Barcelona games for 1992. And moved up to the 20 km mark in the 2000 Olympics for the women.

Olympic Medalists and Records

Olympic Medalists

Olympic Records - Men

Olympic Records - Women

  • 20 KILOMETRES WALK 1:29:05 Olga Kaniskina RUS at Beijing Olympics August 21, 2008

2020 Olympic Entry Standards

  • 20 Km Walk - Men 1:21:00
  • 20 Km Walk - Women 1:31:00
  • 20 Km Walk 3:50:00

1896 Athens

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was a multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896. It was the first international Olympic Games held in the Modern era. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games. It was unanimously chosen as the host city during a congress organised by Pierre de Coubertin, a French pedagogue and historian, in Paris, on 23 June 1894. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was also instituted during this congress.

WidipediA: 1896 Summer Olympics

No Walks

1900 Paris

The 1900 Summer Olympics, today officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1900 in Paris, France. No opening or closing ceremonies were held; competitions began on May 14 and ended on October 28. The Games were held as part of the 1900 World's Fair. 997 competitors took part in 19 different sports. Women took part in the games for the first time and sailor Hélène de Pourtalès became the first female Olympic champion. The decision to hold competitions on a Sunday brought protests from many American athletes, who travelled as representatives of their colleges and were expected to withdraw rather than compete on their religious day of rest.

WidipediA: 1900 Summer Olympics

No Walks

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1904 St. Louis

The 1904 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the III Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States from August 29 until September 3, 1904, as part of an extended sports program lasting from July 1 to November 23, 1904, at what is now known as Francis Field on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. It was the first time that the Olympic Games were held in a majority English language nation, and the first time that they were held outside of Europe.

WidipediA: 1904 Summer Olympics

No Walks

Olympic poster 1904

1906 Athens

The 1906 Intercalated Games or 1906 Olympic Games was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in Athens, Greece. They were at the time considered to be Olympic Games and were referred to as the "Second International Olympic Games in Athens" by the International Olympic Committee

WidipediA: 1906 Summer Olympics

1500m Walk

3000 Walk

1908 London

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was a multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896. It was the first international Olympic Games held in the Modern era. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games. It was unanimously chosen as the host city during a congress organised by Pierre de Coubertin, a French pedagogue and historian, in Paris, on 23 June 1894. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was also instituted during this congress.

WidipediA: 1908 Summer Olympics

3500 Walk

10 Miles Walk

1912 Stockholm

The 1912 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Stockholm, Sweden, between 5 May and 27 July 1912. Twenty-eight nations and 2,408 competitors, including 48 women, competed in 102 events in 14 sports. With the exception of tennis (starting on 5 May) and football and shooting (both starting on 29 June), the games were held within a month with an official opening on 6 July. It was the last Olympics to issue solid gold medals and, with Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated. Stockholm was the only bid for the games, and was selected in 1909.

WidipediA: 1912 Summer Olympics

10,000m Walk

  • George Goulding CAN 46:28.4
  • Ernest Webb GBR 46:50.4
  • Frenando Altimani ITA 47:37.6
  • DNF Frank Kaiser USA

USA Walkers

  • 1st Heat: 6. Sam Schwarts USA 50:30.8
  • 1st Heat: 7. Edward Renz USA 50:30.8
  • 2nd Heat: 5. Frank Kaiser USA 50:30.8
  • 2nd Heat: 6. Arthur Voelmeke USA 50:30.8
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1920 Antwerp

WidipediA: 1920 Summer Olympics

3,000m Walk

USA Walkers

  1. Thomas Maroney USA 13:26.8
  • 1st Heat: 3. Thomas Maroney USA
  • 1st Heat: 11. Joe Pearman USA
  • 2nd Heat: 3. Richard Remer USA
  • 2nd Heat: 4. William Roelker USA

10,000m Walk

USA Walkers

  1. Thomas Maroney USA 50:20.6
  • 1st Heat: 2. Joe Pearman USA 47:30.2
  • 1st Heat: 7. William Roelker USA
  • 2nd Heat: 3. Thomas Maroney USA
  • 2nd Heat: 4. Willie Plant USA

1924 Paris

WidipediA: 1924 Summer Olympics

10,000m Walk

USA Walkers

  1. Harry Hinkel USA

USA Walkers

  • 1st Heat: 3 - Harry Hinkel USA
  • 2nd Heat: 9 - Charles Foster USA
  • Final: 9 - Harry Hinkel USA
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1928 Amsterdam

WidipediA: 1928 Summer Olympics

  • No Walks
  • 1932 Los Angeles

    WidipediA: 1935 Summer Olympics

    50K Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Ernie Crosbie USA 5:28:01
    2. Bill Chisholm USA 5:51:00
    • DNF Harry Hinkel USA
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    Flag of Germany 1936 Berlin

    WidipediA: 1936 Summer Olympics

    50K Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Albert Mangan USA 5:12:00.0
    1. Ernest Koehler USA 5:20:18.4
    1. Ernie Crosbie USA 5:31:44.2

    1948 London

    WidipediA: 1948 Summer Olympics

    10K Walk

    • 1st Heat: disq Ernest Weber USA
    • 1st Heat: disq Fred Sharaga USA
    • 2nd Heat: 7 - Henry Laskau USA

    50K Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Ernie Crosbie USA 5:15:16.0
    1. John Deni USA 5:28:33.0
    2. Adolph Weinacker USA 5:30:14.0
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    1952 Helsinki

    WidipediA: 1952 Summer Olympics

    10K Walk

    • 1st Heat: disq Henry Laskau USA
    • 2nd Heat: 9 - Price King USA 51:08.6

    50K Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Adolph Weinacker USA 5:01:00.4
    • DNF Leo Sjogren USA
    • DNF John Deni USA

    1956 Melborne

    WidipediA: 1956 Summer Olympics

    20K Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Henry Laskau USA 1:38:46.8
    1. Bruce McDonald USA 1:43:25.6
    2. Jim Hewson USA 1:46:24.8

    50K Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Adolph Weinacker USA 5:00:16
    1. Elliott Denman USA 5:12:14
    2. Leo Sjogres USA 5:12:34
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    1960 Rome

    WidipediA: 1960 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Ron Zinn USA 1:42:47.0
    1. Bob Mimm USA 1:45:09.0
    2. Rudy Haluza USA 1:45:11.0

    50k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Ron Laird USA 4:53:21.6
    1. Bruce McDonald USA 5:00:47.6
    2. John Allen USA 5:03:15.2

    1964 Toyko

    WidipediA: 1964 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Ron Zinn USA 1:32:43
    1. Jack Mortland USA 1:36:35

    50k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Chris McCarthy USA 4:35:41.6
    1. Bruce McDonald USA 4:45:10.4
    1. Mike Brodie USA 4:57:41.0
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    1968 Mexico City

    WidipediA: 1968 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Tom Dooley USA 1:40:08
    1. Ron Laird USA 1:44:38

    50k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Goetz Klopfer USA 4:39:13.8
    2. Dave Romansky USA 5:38:03.4 *With a fever over 100°

    Flag of Germany 1972 Munich

    WidipediA: 1972 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Larry Young USA 1:32:53.4 (WikipediA link )
    1. Tom Dooley USA 1:34:58.8
    1. Goetz Klopfer USA 1:38:33.6

    50k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Bill Weigle USA 4:22:53.2
    1. Steve Hayden USA 4:36:07.2
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    1976 Montreal

    WidipediA: 1976 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Ron Laird USA 1:33:27.6
    1. Larry Walker USA 1:34:19.4
    1. Todd Scully 1:36:37.4

    50k Walk Not Held

    The World Championships was started in 1976 in response to the International Olympic Committee dropping the men's 50 km walk from the Olympic athletics program for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, despite its constant presence at the games since 1932.

    1980 Moscow

    WidipediA: 1980 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    50k Walk

    USA boycotted the 1980 Olympics.

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    1984 Los Angeles

    WidipediA: 1984 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Marco Evoniuk USA 1:25:42
    1. Jim Heiring USA 1:30:20
    1. Dan O'Connor USA 1:35:12

    50k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Carl Schueler USA 3:59:46
    1. Vince O'Sullivan USA 4:22:51
    • DNF Marco Evoniuk USA

    1988 Seoul

    WidipediA: 1988 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Gary Morgan USA 1:27:26
    2. Jim Heiring USA 1:27:30
    1. Tim Lewis USA 1:31:00

    50k Walk

    USA Walkers

    1. Marco Evoniuk USA
    2. Carl Schueler USA
    1. Marco Evoniuk USA 3:56:55
    2. Carl Schueler USA 3:57:44
    1. Andy Kaestner USA 4:12:49
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    1992 Barcalona

    WidipediA: 1992 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

    1996 Atlanta

    WidipediA: 1996 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

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    2000 Sydney

    WidipediA: 2000 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. Timothy Seaman USA 1:30:32

    50k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. Curt Clausen USA 3:58:39
    1. Phillip Dunn USA 4:03:05
    1. Andrew Hermann USA 4:07:18

    20k Walk - Women

    USA Walkers

    1. Michelle Rohl (USA) 1:34:26
    1. Yueling Chen (USA) 1:39:36
    1. Debbi Lawrence (USA) 1:47:20

    2004 Athens

    WidipediA: 2004 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. Timothy Seaman (USA) 1:25:17
    2. Kevin Eastler (USA) 1:25:20
    1. John Nunn (USA) 1:27:38

    50k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. Curt Clausen (USA) 4:11:31
    1. Phillip Dunn (USA) 4:12:49

    20k Walk - Women

    USA Walkers

    1. Vaill Teresa (USA) 1:38:47
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    2008 Beijing

    WidipediA: 2008 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. Kevin EASTLER (USA) 1:28:44

    50k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. Phillip DUNN (USA) 4:08:32

    20k Walk - Women

    USA Walkers

    1. Joanne DOW (USA) 1:34:15 (SB)

    2012 London

    WidipediA: 2012 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. Trevor BARRON USA 1:22:46

    50k Walk - Men

    1. John NUNN USA 4:03:28

    NOTE Mar 25, 2016: Australian Jared Tallent will be acknowledged as the gold medallist in the 50km walk at the 2012 London Olympics after a decision by sport’s top court in Switzerland to uphold the suspension of Sergey Kirdyapkin.

    20k Walk - Women

    USA Walkers

    1. Maria MICHTA USA 1:32:27
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    2016 Rio de Janeiro

    The 2016 Summer Olympics (Portuguese: Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016), officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games, as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).They are scheduled to be held from August 5 to 21, 2016.

    WidipediA: 2016 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

    50k Walk - Men

    USA Walkers

    1. John NUNN USA 4:16:12

    20k Walk - Women

    USA Walkers

    1. Maria MICHTA-COFFEY USA 1:33:36
    1. Miranda MELVILLE USA 1:35:48

    2020 Tokyo

    The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Japanese: 第三十二回オリンピック競技大会 Hepburn: Dai Sanjūni-kai Orinpikku Kyōgi Taikai)[2] and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

    The Games are scheduled to take place from July 21 to August 8, 2021.

    Originally due to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the event was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the Games have retained the "Tokyo 2020" name for marketing and branding purposes. This marks the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed rather than canceled altogether.

    WidipediA: 2020 Summer Olympics

    20k Walk - Men

    50k Walk - Men

    20k Walk - Women

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    2024 Paris

    The 2024 Summer Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques d'été de 2024), officially known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad (French: Jeux de la XXXIIIe Olympiade), and commonly known as Paris 2024, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024 in Paris, France.

    WidipediA: 2024 Summer Olympics

    2028 Los Angeles

    The 2028 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, and commonly known as LA 2028, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from July 21 to August 6, 2028, in Los Angeles, California, United States.

    WidipediA: 2028 Summer Olympics

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    2032 TBD

    The 2032 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXV Olympiad, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event. The winning bid is scheduled to be selected between 2021 (due to bidding rule changes) and 2025 with the winning bid announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at an unknown date. On 24 February 2021, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia was announced as the preferred bidder.

    WidipediA: 2032 Summer Olympics

    2036

    WidipediA: 2036 Summer Olympics

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