2015 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 20 kilometres walk
|Women's 20 kilometres walk |
at the 2015 World Championships
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Competitors||49 from 27 nations|
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. It was the first gold medal for the home team at these championships.
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|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|
|28 August 2015||08:30||Final|
All times are local times (UTC+8)
The race was started at 08:30.
- "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Start list
- "REPORT: WOMEN'S 20KM RACE WALK – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "Records & Lists – Race Walk". IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2012, retrieved 18 August 2015
- Final results