Olympic 50km race walk

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One is the world record-holder, the other is the world champion. But aside from being two of the best race walkers on the planet, Yohann Diniz and Matej Toth are two very different athletes.

While Diniz raced away at the start of the men’s 50km race walk, Toth played a more patient game and waited until the last 10 minutes of the race before taking the lead. He went on to win in 3:40:58, earning the Slovak Republic’s first Olympic medal in athletics.

Diniz waited just a matter of minutes before shooting into the lead on the two-kilometre loop around the streets of Pontal. He went through 5km in a steady 22:10 with a lead of 28 seconds over Toth and defending Olympic champion Jared Tallent.

Diniz’s lead was 30 seconds at 10km and, after a 21:40 5km segment, he reached 15km in 1:05:58, by which point he was 53 seconds ahead of his nearest challengers.

His lead continued to grow. It was 1:23 at 20km and 1:40 at half way. But with Toth and Canadian...

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FRENCH athlete Yohann Diniz was praised for his courage after suffering a series of unfortunate incidents during the 50km walk race at the Rio Olympics.

Around 15km into the race, a dark liquid started pouring down the back of the world record holder’s legs causing speculation on Twitter that he had potentially soiled himself.

Before the race French publication L’Equipe had reported that Diniz was suffering from stomach problems but was determined to race anyway.

And not long into the event it became clear that the athlete was suffering when blood started to pour down the hamstrings of Diniz who finished the race in eighth position.

The 38-year-old was leading the pack by a minute but had to stop soon after and clean himself up with a sponge and douse himself with water.

Around 35km into the event, Diniz, who was favourite for a medal, fainted to the ground but managed to get back up and still contend for a place on the podium.

Diniz was in...

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By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

Race walker Evan Dunfee appeared to have collected a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics on Friday morning but was bumped from the third-place position after a Japanese appeal was upheld, according to Athletics Canada.

In the final two kilometres of the 50km race, Dunfee lost stride after Hirooki Arai of Japan bumped him during a collision and went on to cross the finish line third, in a time of three hours 41 minutes 24 seconds — 14 seconds ahead of Dunfee, who improved his Canadian record time to 3:41:38.

Athletics Canada appealed the result post-race, and Dunfee was awarded the bronze. But shortly thereafter, Japan successfully countered the appeal and had the decision reversed, to give Arai the bronze medal.

Statement re: men's 50km race walk #rio2016 pic.twitter.com/qcz1xeDyp8

—@AthleticsCanada

Athletics Canada head coach Peter Eriksson told CBC News that it was considering options following Japan's...

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Canadian race walker Evan Dunfee is losing his bronze medal in the 50-kilometre event at the Rio Olympics.

Japan’s Hirooki Arai originally finished third but was disqualified for elbowing Dunfee in the final minutes of the race.

Hirooki then filed his own protest and won to regain the medal.

An Athletics Canada official confirmed Dunfee was bumped back to fourth.

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Officials initially sided with the Canadians, disqualifying Arai and promoting Dunfee from fourth to third.

Dunfee, who was leading the field at the 45-kilometre mark, finished in three hours 41 minutes 38 seconds, breaking his own Canadian record of 3:43:45. Teammate Mathieu Bilodeau of Calgary didn’t finish.

Slovakia’s Matej Toth won gold in 3:40:58 while Australia’s Jared Tallent was second in 3:41:16.

After crossing the finish line, Dunfee was one of several walkers, who braved warm conditions,...

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In the end, it was not quite the walkover Australia had hoped for. But Jared Tallent still won a fantastic, gutsy silver medal behind Slovakian Matej Toth in the 50km men's race walk at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Tallent was the defending Olympic champion. He finished second in London but was awarded the gold medal at a ceremony in Melbourne just before the Rio Games after the Russian who beat him was disqualified for doping offenses.

That made Tallent one of only seven male track and field gold medallists in Australia's Olympic history. He now owns a total of four Olympic medals across three Games -- a gold, two silvers and a bronze.

"I'm at my peak," Tallent told The Huffington Post Australia on the eve of flying out to Rio to defend his title. He wasn't wrong. Tallent looked so strong out there on a hot day in Rio, with temperatures touching 27 degrees before midday.

He walked his own race for the first half of the gruelling three-and-a-half-hour event....

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France's Yohann Diniz needed medical help after getting into distress in the 50km walk.

SILVER wasn’t what he wanted but Jared Tallent got his other wish in Rio — a clean podium.

The Australian team captain has campaigned strongly against cheats after being robbed of his moment in London four years ago by Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin who was later belatedly stripped of the title for a doping offence.

Tallent, who didn’t receive his Olympic gold medal until June this year, said he was proud to stand on the medal dais alongside gold medallist Matej Toth and Hirooki Arai, who took bronze.

“We have a clean podium again and I am proud to stand up there with those other blokes,” he said.

“It’s very different to London, there are no suspicions this time around.

“It was a good group and I didn’t have to worry about any cheats in the race who were going to spoil the party for all the clean athletes.

“Matej is a really good guy and I know him...

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The men's 50 kilometres race walk at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held through the streets of Athens with the start and finish at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 27.[1]

The race had started in the virtually empty Olympic Stadium with fifty-four walkers lining up the field. The Chinese trio of Han Yucheng, Yu Chaohong, and A Latangadasu hurtled away from the pack to take the front as they left the stadium. In the early laps, Han made a tactical move to continuously lead the Chinese walkers within five minutes, but he received his first of three warnings, fell off back to the pack, and was later disqualified after the red paddle. Ten minutes into the race, the Chinese duo were soon joined by four other walkers, Russia's world record holder Denis Nizhegorodov and his teammate Aleksey Voyevodin, 20 km bronze medalist Nathan Deakes of Australia, and defending Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski.

Between 10 and 30k, Nizhegorodov and...

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SANTEE, CALIF. – John Nunn won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s 50 km Race Walk in 4:04:41 to lead a fast race that saw multiple American and course records set Sunday in Santee, Calif.

Olympians at the 20 km distance, Nunn and Tim Seaman, both of San Diego, pushed each other throughout the race with several changes of the lead as both walked well under the Olympic “B” standard of 4:09. Seaman finished second in 4:05:50. The duo led the way for the top five men to better the previous course record of 4:28:53 set in 2009 by current race director Philip Dunn.

The athletes were greeted to near perfect conditions in the 40’s and 50’s as they covered the 1.25 km loop on the streets of Santee. The 50 kilometer distance required the athletes to complete 40 laps on the course. This 31 mile distance is the longest track and field event offered in the Olympics.

From the early stages of the race a pack of five men emerged as the lead pack including: Nunn,...

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The International Association of Athletics Federations will permit women to compete in the 50 km race walk for the first time in history, according to Winston & Strawn LLP. The law firm represented American race walker Erin Taylor-Talcott in her petition to the IAAF.

Women can now qualify and compete in all IAAF 50km race walk events under the same standards as men, the association announced on Friday. As part of its decision, the IAAF council decided to allow women to compete with men in the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships next month in Rome, where their results will count equally with the men toward team results.

The Olympic program currently contains only a 20 km event for women while the men compete in 20 km and 50 km.

“This is such a huge and amazing step for women’s rights and female race walkers all over the world,” Taylor-Talcott said in a statement from the law firm. “I’m feeling so many emotions right now, but the main one is excitement to...

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RIO DE JANEIRO: India's

Sandeep Kumar

finished a lowly 35th in the men's 50km Race Walk event at the

Rio Olympic Games

here on Friday.

30-year-old Sandeep clocked 4 hours 7 minutes and 55 seconds, which was 26:57 behind the gold medallist Matej Toth of Slovakia.

At the half-way mark, Sandeep was 48th with a time of 1:59:13, which was 9:42 behind the leader.

World champion Toth managed to beat 2012 London Olympics gold medallist Jared Tallent of Australia into second place with a time of 3:40:58.

Toth, 33, moved past the Australian in the latter stages of a race. The Australian racer ended clocking 3:41:16.

Canada's Evan Dunfee (3:41:38) settled with a bronze.

In Women's 20km Race Walk, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th while Sapana did not finish the race.

Khushbir clocked one hour 40 minutes and 33 seconds to complete the race.

23-year-old girl from Amritsar became the first Indian woman to clinch 20km Race Walk...

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Oh no! Yohann Diniz suffered a major embarrassment when he soiled himself during the 50km race-walking competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The world record holder even collapsed after his daunting journey! Watch the video here.

Yohann Diniz, 38, proved when you gotta go — you gotta go. The french athlete was picking up his pace while competing at the big games on Aug. 19, when his stomach pains got the best of him. Just as he built up a lead in the 50km walk, the world record holder pooped his pants and the incident was unfortunately caught on tape. Yohann tried to keep his cool, until he collapsed moments later at the 35km mark. Officials helped the sports coach get back to his feet, before he soaked himself with water and continued forth. Despite the streams of brown running down his legs, he managed to come in seventh place, finishing up the race in under four hours. Wow, that’s dedication!

Yohann later sponged off any mess and kept a positive attitude about...

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Racewalking, or race walking, 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. 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).

There are two racewalking distances contested at the Summer Olympics: the 20 kilometres race walk (men and women) and 50 kilometres race walk (men only). Both are held as road events. The biennial IAAF World Championships in Athletics also features the same three events. The IAAF World Race Walking Cup, first held in 1961, is a stand-alone global competition for the discipline and it has 10 kilometres race walks for junior athletes, in addition to the Olympic-standard events. The IAAF World Indoor Championships featured 5000 m and 3000 m race walk variations, but these were discontinued after...

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26 April 2016

UK Athletics (UKA) and The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the first six members of the athletics squad that will represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The athletes will compete for Team GB in the marathon and 50km men’s race walk events at Rio 2016 – with the rest of the athletics team to be announced in the coming months.

In the men’s marathon, Derek Hawkins is selected in the third spot alongside younger brother Callum and Tsegai Tewelde, who both qualified automatically as the first two Britons across the line in this year’s London Marathon; with all three running under the qualifying time.

Alyson Dixon sealed her spot in Rio as the first Brit home and a 13th place finish in London, with Sonia Samuels finishing one position behind and also booking a ticket to Brazil – with both having already run the qualifying time in Berlin last September.

Along with the marathon runners, 50km race walker...

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In the absence of world record-holder Yohann Diniz, China looks to have assembled the strongest team for the 50km at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Rome 2016.

Six years have passed since their sole 50km team victory at these championships, while their only individual triumph at this event dates back to 1995. But with five men who have this year gone faster than 3:49 – no other man on the entry list has bettered 3:51 – China has serious challengers for both individual and team honours.

The team is led by 37-year-old Han Yucheng, who came out of retirement last year. The 2003 Asian Champion, who took 20km bronze at the 2006 World Race Walking Cup, finished second in China’s Olympic trial race in March in 3:42:43, one of the fastest times of his career and just six minutes shy of the 3:36:20 PB he set back in 2005.

The team also includes three-time World Championships representative Xu Faguang and Zhang Lin, who finished sixth at last year’s World...

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Alex Schwazer wore the same style sunglasses as the Terminator while winning the 50km at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Rome 2016, and – like the movie character’s immortal phrase – made clear he was back.

The 2008 Olympic champion, returning from a four-year doping suspension, took the race by the scruff of the neck between 25km and 30km and forge an unbeatable gap that grew and grew.

By 41km it was 1:35 on lone chaser Jared Tallent and the Italian was rewarded for his literal bold steps to breast the line back on the track next to the course in the centre of Rome.

Schwazer did the damage with three near 21:30 five-kilometre splits from 25km to 40km that varied by just a second.

In contrast, the Australian multiple major championships medallist had a relatively tough 5km leading up to 40km when he posted 22:11, helped little by losing the one other trying to reel in the leader.

Han Yucheng, with a personal best of 3:36:20, didn’t...

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