Racewalking in the Olympics

Racewalking is a long-distance discipline within the sport of athletics. Although it is a foot race, it is different from running in that one foot must appear to be in contact with the ground at all times. This is assessed by race judges, making it the most subjective of the disciplines in athletics. Typically held on either roads or on running tracks, common distances vary from 3000 metres (1.8 mi) up to 100 kilometres (62.1 mi).

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Additional Racewalking Competitions around the world: Wikipedia

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 unitl the 1956 Melborne 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 Melborne except when the 50k walk was the only walk in Montreal. A 10,000 meter womens walk was added in the Barcalona games for 1992. And moved up to the 20 km mark in the 2000 Olympics for the women.

Olympic Medalists and Records

Olympic Medalists

2020 Olympic Entry Standards

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

Olympic Records - Men

Olympic Records - Women

  • 20 KILOMETRES WALK 1:29:05 Olga Kaniskina RUS Beijing 21 08 2008

Olympic Results

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
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1906 Athens ( Intercalated Games )

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

  • DNF Frank Kaiser USA
  • 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

  1. 5. 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

  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

  1. Harry Hinkel USA
  • 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

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

WidipediA: 1936 Summer Olympics

50K Walk

  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

  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

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

1956 Melborne

WidipediA: 1956 Summer Olympics

20K Walk

  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

  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

  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

  1. Donald Thompson GBR 4:25:30 (Olymipc record)
  2. John Ljunggren SWE 4:25:47
  3. Abdon Parnich ITA 4:27:56
  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

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

50k Walk

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

WidipediA: 1968 Summer Olympics

20k Walk

1972 Munich

WidipediA: 1972 Summer Olympics

20k Walk

  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

  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

  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

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

50k Walk

  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

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

50k Walk

  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

  1. Timothy Seaman USA 1:30:32

50k Walk - Men

2004 Athens

WidipediA: 2004 Summer Olympics

20k Walk - Men

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

20k Walk - Men

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

20k Walk - Women

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

WidipediA: 2008 Summer Olympics

20k Walk - Men

2012 London

WidipediA: 2012 Summer Olympics

20k Walk - Men

  1. Trevor BARRON USA 1:22:46

50k Walk - Men

  1. John NUNN USA 4:03:28

20k Walk - Women

  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

  1. John NUNN USA 4:16:12

20k Walk - Women

  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.

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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