What is the age limit for racewalking (20k and 50k) for the Olympics?


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Event FAT MT

100 Meters 10.55 --

200 Meters 21.35 --

400 Meters 47.20 46.9

800 Meters 1:50.40 1:50.1

1,500 Meters 3:47.80 3:47.5

Mile 4:06.00 4:05.7

3,000- Meter Steeple 9:07.00 9:06.7

5,000 Meters 14:12.00 14:11.7

10,000 Meters - Auto 28:45.00 28:44.7

10,000 Meters - Prov 29:30.00 29:29.7

110-Meter Hurdles 14.30 --

400-Meter Hurdles 52.51 52.2

400-Meter Relay 40.66 40.4

440-Yard Relay 40.86 40.6

1,600-Meter Relay 3:10.00 3:09.7

Mile Relay 3:11.10 3:10.8

High Jump 2.10

Pole Vault 5.05

Long Jump 7.34

Triple Jump 15.00

Shot Put 16.80

Discus 51.70

Javelin 61.60

Hammer 56.80

Decathlon Auto 7,500 points

Decathlon Prov 6,900 points



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Nadia Comaneci made sports history in 1976 when she became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 in Olympic competition. She was 14. Before Comaneci’s feat, women medaling in gymnastics had been older -- in their 20s or even 30s. After Comaneci, they became younger. Concerns about the effects of the sport on young competitors surfaced, prompting the Federation International of Gymnastics (FIG) to change the age limit for participation in the Olympics from 14 to 15 in 1981 and from 15 to 16 in 1997.

While gymnastics might look effortless, in practice it’s a physically intense sport. Athletes risk stress injuries to their joints and bones, and repetitive motion injuries to their muscles. The still-growing bodies of young athletes are especially vulnerable. In a study published in 2008, researchers at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that “gymnastics and ice hockey were associated with the highest clinical...

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Valeriy Borchin of Russia, the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist and 2011 world champion, was in the home stretch of the London Olympics 20K racewalk today when he passed out from exhaustion.

Borchin’s collapse at the 19K mark of the event was captured on the videos below. Chen Ding of China wound up winning the gold in the London 20K racewalk. Erick Barrondo, earning Guatemala’s first Olympic medal in any sport, won the silver.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Borchin, who obviously was unable to finish, was put on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the hospital.

According to Deadspin, racewalking–which looks herky-jerky to the uninitiated–requires a tremendous amount of endurance and skill and is not a “walk in the park” by any means:

Racewalking… [is] s a real-deal, throw-down, God-honest Olympic sport. The athletes just as elite and devoted as in any other event…

It’s different from running because there are two limitations. You must...

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2015 Men's and Women's 50km USATF Nationals 11/22/2015 "Santee, CA" Page 1 of 11

Santee once again is the location for the USATF 50K Nationals for race walking. The 2015 event on Sunday, November 22, 2105 also included additional shorter distances of 5K, 10K, and 20K. With the 50K Olympic Trials for race walking coming up on February 21, 2016 on this same course, this could be a preview of who could or will make the 2016 Olympic team in three race walk events: 50K Men and 20K Men/Women.

Reported by Calvin Lau

Isn't November supposed to be fall and cool weather? Southern California has been enduring a record four-year drought with extreme heat and unprecedented monsoon weather (What's that? Sudden torrential rain). Adjusting to the weather-of-the-day in sunny California has become getting accustomed to unexpected extremes. The forecast called for cool overnight temperatures in the low 50s and a rising heat into the high 80s or even...

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Remember watching When Harry Met Sally, and thinking to yourself "What the hell are they doing?" as you watched Billy Crystal in spandex walking fast and funny through Central Park with Bruno Kirby? That was racewalking, son.

Racewalking isn't just for RomComs. It's a real-deal, throw-down, God-honest Olympic sport. The athletes just as elite and devoted as in any other event. The golds just as gold, the silvers just as silver, the bronzes just as, um, copper. Things just move...slightly slower.

You may have some questions.

What is Racewalking?

It's walking really fast.

Isn't that called "running?"

It's different from running because there are two limitations. You must keep at least one foot on the ground at all times. And your front, supporting leg must stay completely straight from the moment it touches the ground until your center of gravity passes over it. Failure to do so is called a "lifting infraction." You do not want a lifting...

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The basics

Race walking is a discipline within track and field.

There a two rules that separate race walking from running.

1. A race walker must maintain contact with the ground. Unlike in running where the athlete is airborne mid stride, in race walking the athlete has a double support phase where both the back toe, and forward heel are on the ground. Thus the back toe cannot leave the ground until the forward foot makes contact. Violation of this rule is called “loss of contact”.

Double contact phase
photo credit: Jeff Salvage racewalk.com

2. The second differentiation between race walking and running requires that the race walker’s supporting leg is straightened from the moment of contact with the ground and maintained until it passes under his/her body. Violation of this rule is called “bent knee”.

straighten knee, this form is maintained until it passes under the body
photo credit: Jeff Salvage racewalk.com

How are the...

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Pages in category "Racewalking at the Olympics"

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Race walking at the Olympics


Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 miles walk Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 3500 metres walk Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres walk Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 50...
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Racewalking is a sport. It has been a Summer Olympic Track & Field event since 1908 for men and 1992 for women. Currently men compete in both the 20K and 50K events, and women compete in the 20K event. Racewalking has an international indoor season as well. Racewalkers compete in races on oval tracks that range in size from 200m to 400m in races ranging in distance usually between 1500m and 5000m in length. Racewalking is not only for those that want to compete at an international level. It is also an extremely effective way to exercise for weightloss, getting fit, or for those that wish to compete locally or nationally. There are several clubs located throughout the world that were created especially for racewalking, and most are willing (if not eager) to accept new people into the sport. And with racewalking, which is not the case with most other sports, age is not a factor in being able to compete. Athletes as young as 5 to as mature as 99+ can and do compete in this...

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This took me a long time to find.

According to the USA Track & Field rule book for 2013, there is no maximum age limit for the main "OPEN" and "MASTERS" classifications of race walking. There is however a maximum age limit for other classifications.

Please read below.

Except as otherwise provided herein or in USATF's Operating Regulations, the following championship classifications shall be open to all member athletes of USATF who have complied with the requirements of these Rules, the Bylaws, and the Operating Regulations:

(a) Open: The Open classification shall have no maximum age limit. In men's and women's long distance running, the Open classification shall be limited to athletes sixteen (16) years and older on the day of the competition. In Open men's race walking and all other Open women's competition, athletes shall be fourteen (14) years or older on the day of the competition.

(b) Junior: The Junior classification shall be...

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Learn from the best! Dave McGovern, the only eight-time Olympic Trials finalist in US history, and America's most experienced racewalking and marathon walking coach and clinician, brings you World Class Racewalking, your one source for Dave's immensely popular clinic and camp information; Dave's published and unpublished articles; information on ordering Dave's books, The Complete Guide to Racewalking Technique and Training, The Complete Guide to Marathon Walking, and Precision Walking; information on hiring Dave as your private coach; racewalking and marathon walking training schedules racewalking news, race calendars and race results; a racewalking store featuring books, videos, DVDs, apparel and stretching and strengthening equipment, links to other great racewalking sites; elite athlete photos, age-grade and other calculators and more!

Why racewalk? Racewalking doesn't require expensive equipment and nearly anyone can participate, from beginning exercisers to...

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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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Walking is a noble sport that has been a part of the Olympic Games since 1906. Nevertheless, broadcasters and sports pundits cannot resist taking a jab at racewalking. Every four years it's a topic of conversation on television, in print and in social media.

The 2012 women's 20 kilometer walk saw Elena Lashmanova set a world record as she passed Olga Kaniskina, both of Russia. But that didn't stop NBC from showing the footage in fast motion against the Benny Hill theme and mocking the athletes.

A Snickers ad joined in the mockery. It featured Mr. T pulling up alongside a male racewalker and yelling at him, "“You’re a disgrace to the man race! It’s time to run like a real man" and then firing Snickers at him out of gun.

NBC has a long history of mocking racewalking during the Olympic Games. Bob Costas of NBC was heard insulting the sport on the September 24, 2000 Olympics broadcast, saying ""What's up with the racewalkers? I mean I respect them as athletes but...

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photo by Calvin Lau

Race walking is an event contested in all levels of the sport of track & field, from youth athletics up to and including the Olympic Games. Race walking combines the endurance of the long distance runner with the attention to technique of a hurdler or shot putter. Producing less impact, this technically demanding event continues to grow in popularity across the younger and older age groups for its fitness and competitive aspects.

photo by Calvin Lau

Race walking differs from running in that it requires the competitor to maintain contact with the ground at all times and requires the leading leg to be straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground. It must remain straightened until the leg passes under the body. Judges evaluate the technique of race walkers and report fouls which may lead to disqualification. All judging is done by the eye of the judge and no outside technology is used in making judging decisions.


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Ian graduated from Loughborough University in the UK after carrying out original research on running shoe design. He moved to the US to set up the Nike Sport Research Lab in 1980. He has since made a career of inventing shoe components. Ian has raced in four US Olympic trials and competed for the US on four international teams, earning a team silver medal at the Pan Am Cup in Manaus Brazil in 1996. He co-wrote the USATF coaching manual for track and field and is a frequent racewalking clinician around the country. Ian lives in Reno, NV, and is a frequent guest coach at the USA Racewalking Training Center in Greenville, SC.

Racewalk.com bio on Ian

Oregon native Philip Dunn began racewalking at age ten. He is a three-time Olympian, earning berths on the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic teams, and many-time competitor in the Track and Field World Championships, World Cup, Pan Am Games and Pan Am Cup. Philip was the top U.S. finisher at the 2002 World Cup in a PR of 3:56:13. Dunn...
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2016 Penn Relays - Photo Story

The 2016 Penn Relays was a bittersweet moment for my involvement with the Penn Relays. I first competed 30 years ago as a freshman at Drexel University. In 1991 I took over as the coordinator for the race walks. The events have gone through a series of changes and certainly many challenges, however year after year the women's field has grown stronger and stronger. This is particularly true for the junior and high school events. They have always been my focus and I am pleased to say the women responded with amazing quality. Unfortunately, while we have a few high quality men in the 10km, the depth hasn't been there since the loss of the NY high school race walking program.

This year is notable, because I passed the baton to Solomiya Logan. For the past two years she learned all the nuances of putting on the race walks at the relays and this year she took over completely. She did a marvelous job and handled many unique challenges that...

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3. Racewalking for competition

Ann and Stan work hard in the 1 mile racewalk at the Club Northwest All-Comers meet.

The US remains in a running boom. There are many thousands of marathoners and road racers. Money and the Olympics are the goals of the elites. While money may not be as plentiful in walking, if you’re a talented runner, but can’t break through to the next level, note that in all three Olympic racewalking events, 20K for men and women, and 50K for men, the US only sent one athlete in each event because not enough athletes qualified! Meeting the Olympic A standard would have guaranteed a spot.

We’ve had many local racewalkers make past Olympic teams, most recently Allen James, and Herm Nelson. Herm was a 10 minute steeplechaser in college, not an Olympic qualifying time for that event, yet he made several national teams including the Olympics as a racewalker. We are ready for the next group of local Olympians.

NAIA colleges still have...

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