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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 27, 2004
Date Finished: August 27, 2004

Gold: POL Robert Korzeniowski
Silver: RUS Denis Nizhegorodov
Bronze: RUS Aleksey Voyevodin

Summary

After an early career that saw several disqualifications for technique violations, Robert Korzeniowski had become the best 50 km. walker in the world. He was the two-time defending Olympic champion, had won the 1998 and 2002 European Championships, and the 1997, 2001, and 2003 World Championships. At the halfway point, Korzeniowski was in the lead group with Denis Nizhegorodov (RUS), Yu Chaohong (CHN), and Australia’s Nathan Deakes attempting to stay with him. But Korzo then put the hammer down and the race was over. He eventually won by four minutes with Nizhegorodov getting the silver medal. It was his third consecutive gold medal in the event and he then retired.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Robert Korzeniowski 36 Poland POL Gold 3-38:46
2 Denis Nizhegorodov 24 Russia RUS Silver 3-42:50
3 Aleksey Voyevodin 34 Russia RUS Bronze 3-43:34
4 Yu Chaohong 28 China CHN 3-43:45
5 Jesús Ángel García 34 Spain ESP 3-44:42
6 Roman Magdziarczyk 27 Poland POL 3-48:11
7 Grzegorz Sudoł 25 Poland POL 3-49:09
8 Santiago Pérez 32 Spain ESP 3-49:48
9 Yury Andronov 32 Russia RUS 3-50:28
10 Gadasu Alatan 20 China CHN 3-51:55
11 Aigars Fadejevs 28 Latvia LAT 3-52:52
12 Jefferson Pérez 30 Ecuador ECU 3-53:04
13 Trond Nymark 27 Norway NOR 3-53:20
14 Peter Korčok 29 Slovakia SVK 3-54:22
15 Miguel Ángel Rodríguez 37 Mexico MEX 3-55:43
16 Yuki Yamazaki 20 Japan JPN 3-57:00
17 Germán Sánchez 37 Mexico MEX 3-58:33
18 Miloš Bátovský 25 Slovakia SVK 3-59:11
19 Andrey Stepanchuk 25 Belarus BLR 3-59:32
20 Sergey Korepanov 40 Kazakhstan KAZ 3-59:33
21 Eddy Riva 31 France FRA 4-00:25
22 David Boulanger 29 France FRA 4-01:32
23 Aleksandar Raković 36 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 4-02:06
24 Zoltán Czukor 41 Hungary HUN 4-03:51
25 Modris Liepiņš 37 Latvia LAT 4-04:26
26 Sérgio Galdino 35 Brazil BRA 4-05:02
27 Kim Dong-Yeong 24 South Korea KOR 4-05:16
28 Jani Lehtinen 30 Finland FIN 4-05:35
29 Craig Barrett 32 New Zealand NZL 4-06:48
30 Daugvinas Zujus 28 Lithuania LTU 4-09:41
31 Tim Berrett 39 Canada CAN 4-10:31
32 Curt Clausen 36 United States USA 4-11:31
33 José Antonio González 28 Spain ESP 4-11:51
34 Jorge Costa 43 Portugal POR 4-12:24
35 Philip Dunn 33 United States USA 4-12:49
36 Kazimír Verkin 32 Slovakia SVK 4-13:11
37 Rustam Kuvatov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 4-13:40
38 Miloš Holuša 39 Czech Republic CZE 4-15:01
39 Georgios Argyropoulos 34 Greece GRE 4-17:25
40 Mário José dos Santos Júnior 24 Brazil BRA 4-20:11
41 János Tóth 26 Hungary HUN 4-29:33
AC Luis García 29 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC André Höhne 26 Germany GER DNF
AC Denis Langlois 35 France FRA DNF
AC Spyros Kastanis 39 Greece GRE DNF
AC Mario Iván Flores 25 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Pedro Martins 36 Portugal POR DNF
AC Han Yucheng 25 China CHN DNF
AC Theodoros Stamatopoulos 34 Greece GRE DNF
AC Nathan Deakes 26 Australia AUS DQ
AC Andreas Erm 28 Germany GER DQ
AC Julio René Martínez 30 Guatemala GUA DQ
AC Giovanni De Benedictis 36 Italy ITA DQ
AC Takayuki Tanii 21 Japan JPN DQ