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Women's 20 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008

Gold: RUS Olga Kaniskina
Silver: NOR Kjersti Tysse-Plätzer
Bronze: ITA Elisa Rigaudo

Summary

Olga Kaniskina (RUS) had won the 2007 World Championships and predicted she would win the gold medal in Beijing. She led the pack out of the Bird’s Nest and was a comfortable winner of this race. She was ahead at every checkpoint and was never really challenged, coasting the final circuit to win by 36 seconds. Norway’s Kjersti Plätzer took the silver medal after being well back at 10K, and still in third with two kilometers remaining. But she finished strongly as did Italy’s Elisa Rigaudo, the bronze medalist. The pace was fast as the first 12 finishers broke the previous Olympic Record.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Olga Kaniskina 23 Russia RUS Gold 1-26:31 OB
2 Kjersti Tysse-Plätzer 36 Norway NOR Silver 1-27:07
3 Elisa Rigaudo 28 Italy ITA Bronze 1-27:12
4 Liu Hong 21 China CHN 1-27:17
5 María Vascó 32 Spain ESP 1-27:25
6 Beatriz Pascual 26 Spain ESP 1-27:44
7 Olive Loughnane 32 Ireland IRL 1-27:45
8 Ana Cabecinha 24 Portugal POR 1-27:46
9 Vera Santos 26 Portugal POR 1-28:14
10 Rita Turova 27 Belarus BLR 1-28:26
11 Tatyana Sibileva 28 Russia RUS 1-28:28
12 Shi Na 27 China CHN 1-29:08
13 Mayumi Kawasaki 28 Japan JPN 1-29:43
14 Sabine Zimmer-Krantz 27 Germany GER 1-30:19
15 Sonata Milušauskaitė 34 Lithuania LTU 1-30:26
16 Vira Zozulia 37 Ukraine UKR 1-30:31
17 María José Povés 30 Spain ESP 1-30:52
18 Kristina Saltanovič 33 Lithuania LTU 1-31:03
19 Jane Saville 33 Australia AUS 1-31:17
20 Sylwia Korzeniowska 28 Poland POL 1-31:19
21 Jo Jackson 23 Great Britain GBR 1-31:33
22 Melanie Seeger 31 Germany GER 1-31:56
23 Ana Maria Groza 32 Romania ROU 1-32:16
24 Evangelia Xinou 26 Greece GRE 1-32:19
25 Sachiko Konishi 26 Japan JPN 1-32:21
26 Zuzana Schindlerová 21 Czech Republic CZE 1-32:57
27 Claire Woods-Tallent 27 Australia AUS 1-33:02
28 Kim Mi-Jeong 29 South Korea KOR 1-33:55
29 Svetlana Tolstaya 36 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-34:03
30 Joanne Dow 44 United States USA 1-34:15
31 Zuzana Malíková 25 Slovakia SVK 1-34:33
32 Snezhana Yurchenko 24 Belarus BLR 1-35:33
33 Nadiya Prokopuk-Borovska 27 Ukraine UKR 1-35:50
34 Sandra Zapata 31 Colombia COL 1-36:18
35 Johanna Ordóñez 20 Ecuador ECU 1-36:26
36 Tânia Spindler 31 Brazil BRA 1-36:46
37 Verónica Colindres 22 El Salvador ESA 1-36:52
38 Edina Füsti 26 Hungary HUN 1-37:03
39 Kellie Wapshott 27 Australia AUS 1-37:59
40 Despina Zapounidou 22 Greece GRE 1-39:11
41 Jolanta Dukure 28 Latvia LAT 1-41:03
42 Evelyn Núñez 37 Guatemala GUA 1-44:13
AC Athanasia Tsoumeleka 26 Greece GRE [1-27:54] DQ (doping)
AC Susana Feitor 33 Portugal POR DNF
AC Yuan Yu Fang 32 Malaysia MAS DNF
AC Yelena Ginko 32 Belarus BLR DQ
AC Tatyana Kalmykova 18 Russia RUS DQ
AC Yang Mingxia 18 China CHN DQ