2015 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 20 kilometres walk

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Women's 20 kilometres walk
at the 2015 World Championships
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates28 August
Competitors49 from 27 nations
Winning time1:27:45
gold medal    China
silver medal    China
bronze medal    Ukraine
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The women's 20 kilometres walk at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 28 August.[1][2]


The defending champion Elena Lashmanova would not be here, while she serves her drug suspension. In fact the entire Russian team did not compete here amid the drug scandal surrounding their coach Viktor Chegin. It looked like world record holder, world leader Liu Hong, walking on home soil was the prohibitive favorite. Liu's one complication was her teammate Xiuzhi Lu. Like in the men's race, the two Chinese walkers took off hard from the start, only Anežka Drahotová tried to go with them. That lasted about 4 km, from that point on the two walkers were out on their own almost tied by a string, swapping the lead occasionally though Lu was setting the pace the majority of the time. They hit 5K in 22:24; 10K in 44:19 (21:55 split) with a 30-second lead and 15K in 1:06:24 (22:05 split). The chase pack was Lyudmyla Olyanovska, Elisa Rigaudo, Eleonora Giorgi and Érica de Sena. de Sena was the first to fall off pace around 12K, both of the Italians were later asked to leave the course. Between 10 and 15K the lead actually shrunk to 20 seconds, but the closing 5K in 21:22 settled it for everyone but the two Chinese walkers. They battled neck and neck until just about the time they re-entered the stadium, when Lu seemed to concede to Liu and walked the remainder on the track in her footsteps. With the domestic crowd going crazy, Lu crossed the finish line virtually in Liu's shadow, the separation .26 of a second for the closest finish for a race walk in World Championships history. Because it is a road course, the official times are only accurate to one second so both athlete's times round to the same time. Olyanovska continued to hold on, finishing just 28 seconds back for bronze. The rest of the field finished more than 1:15 behind her.[3] It was the first gold medal for the home team at these championships.[4]


Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[5]

World record  Liu Hong (CHN) 1:24:38 La Coruña, Spain 6 June 2015
Championship record  Olimpiada Ivanova (RUS) 1:25:41 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
World Leading  Liu Hong (CHN) 1:24:38 La Coruña, Spain 6 June 2015
African Record  Grace Wanjiru (KEN) 1:34:19 Nairobi, Kenya 1 August 2010
Asian Record  Liu Hong (CHN) 1:24:38 La Coruña, Spain 6 June 2015
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Mirna Ortiz (GUA) 1:28:31 Rio Maior, Portugal 6 April 2013
South American Record  Érica de Sena (BRA) 1:29:37 Dudince, Slovakia 21 March 2015
European Record  Elena Lashmanova (RUS) 1:25:02 London, Great Britain 11 August 2012
Oceanian record  Jane Saville (AUS) 1:27:44 Naumburg, Germany 2 May 2004

Qualification standards[edit]



Date Time Round
28 August 2015 08:30 Final

All times are local times (UTC+8)


The race was started at 08:30.[7]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Liu Hong  China (CHN) 1:27:45
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lü Xiuzhi  China (CHN) 1:27:45
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lyudmyla Olyanovska  Ukraine (UKR) 1:28:13
4 Ana Cabecinha  Portugal (POR) 1:29:29
5 Antonella Palmisano  Italy (ITA) 1:29:34
6 Érica de Sena  Brazil (BRA) 1:30:06
7 Brigita Virbalytė  Lithuania (LTU) 1:30:20 PB
8 Anežka Drahotová  Czech Republic (CZE) 1:30:32
9 Alejandra Ortega  Mexico (MEX) 1:31:04 PB
10 María José Poves  Spain (ESP) 1:31:06 SB
11 Nadiya Borovska  Ukraine (UKR) 1:31:18
12 Mirna Ortiz  Guatemala (GUA) 1:31:32
13 Rachel Seaman  Canada (CAN) 1:31:39
14 Raquel González  Spain (ESP) 1:32:00
15 Viktória Madarász  Hungary (HUN) 1:32:01
16 Paola Pérez  Ecuador (ECU) 1:32:12
17 Nie Jingjing  China (CHN) 1:32:40
18 Alana Barber  New Zealand (NZL) 1:33:20 NR
19 Sandra Arenas  Colombia (COL) 1:33:24
20 Maria Michta-Coffey  United States (USA) 1:33:24
21 Vera Santos  Portugal (POR) 1:34:01
22 Wendy Cornejo  Bolivia (BOL) 1:34:12 PB
23 Inês Henriques  Portugal (POR) 1:34:47
24 Claudia Ștef  Romania (ROM) 1:34:51
25 Kumiko Okada  Japan (JPN) 1:34:56
26 Miranda Melville  United States (USA) 1:35:19
27 Jeon Yeong-eun  South Korea (KOR) 1:35:48
28 Maritza Poncio  Guatemala (GUA) 1:35:53
29 Cisiane Lopes  Brazil (BRA) 1:36:06
30 Mária Czaková  Slovakia (SVK) 1:36:08
31 Émilie Menuet  France (FRA) 1:36:17
32 Laura García-Caro  Spain (ESP) 1:36:22
33 Laura Polli  Switzerland (SUI) 1:36:26 SB
34 Rachel Tallent  Australia (AUS) 1:36:27
35 Lee Jeong-eun  South Korea (KOR) 1:36:52
36 Lucie Pelantová  Czech Republic (CZE) 1:38:34
37 Khushbir Kaur  India (IND) 1:38:53
38 Agnieszka Dygacz  Poland (POL) 1:39:06
39 Mayra Herrera  Guatemala (GUA) 1:39:23
40 Marie Polli  Switzerland (SUI) 1:39:49
41 Mária Gáliková  Slovakia (SVK) 1:40:06
42 Olena Shumkina  Ukraine (UKR) 1:41:30
Beki Smith  Australia (AUS) DQ
Claudia Balderrama  Bolivia (BOL) DQ
Sapana Sapana  India (IND) DQ
Eleonora Giorgi  Italy (ITA) DQ
Elisa Rigaudo  Italy (ITA) DQ
Neringa Aidietytė  Lithuania (LTU) DQ
Kimberly García  Peru (PER) DNF
Kelly Ruddick  Australia (AUS) DNS


  1. ^ "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ Start list
  3. ^ "REPORT: WOMEN'S 20KM RACE WALK – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/15th-iaaf-world-championships-4875/news/report/women/20-kilometres-race-walk/final
  5. ^ "Records & Lists – Race Walk". IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  6. ^ IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2012, retrieved 18 August 2015
  7. ^ Final results