| Event type

50 kilometer Walk, Men

Date 6 August 2021 — 5:30
LocationEkimae-Dori, City Center, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Participants59 from 29 countries

As the 50 km walk is rarely contested, it was difficult to pick favorites for this race, which was held in Sapporo rather than Tokyo, to escape the Japanese summer heat and humidity. The race started at 0530, but Sapporo was in the midst of a heat wave, and it was still very hot for a 50 km event.

The Japanese and Chinese walkers had the best marks coming into 2021 and were expected to be prominent on the podium. Form would most definitely not hold. France’s Yohann Diniz led at 5K, while China’s Luo Yadong took over the lead at 10, 15, and 20 km, and Finland’s Aku Partanen at 25 km, as the Japanese walkers were never a major factor.

Poland’s Dawid Tomala had only once before raced 50 km, as he was a primarily a 20 km specialist, but he survived the heat the best of the field, moving ahead later in the race and winning gold in 3-50:08, negative splitting the race in 1-58:17 / 1-51:51. Behind Tomala the other medals went to German Jonathan Hilbert, finishing in 3-50:44, while popular Canadian walker Evan Dunfee claimed the bronze in 3-50:59.

Dunfee’s bronze medal was redemption for Rio in 2016 when he narrowly missed the podium, with Japan’s Hirooki Arai pulling ahead in the final metres. In Sapporo Dunfee battled Spain’s Marc Tur for bronze and came out ahead to mount the podium.

1159Dawid TomalaPOL3-50:08Gold
276Jonathan HilbertGER3-50:44Silver
319Evan DunfeeCAN3-50:59Bronze
463Marc TurESP3-51:08
5161João VieiraPOR3-51:28
6125Masatora KawanoJPN3-51:56
724Bian TongdaCHN3-52:01
85Rhydian CowleyAUS3-52:01
967Aku PartanenFIN3-52:39
10105Brendan BoyceIRL3-53:40
1137José Leonardo MontañaCOL3-53:50
12157Artur BrzozowskiPOL3-54:08
1339Jorge Armando RuizCOL3-55:30
14170Matej TóthSVK3-56:23
15143José Leyver OjedaMEX3-56:53
16149Quentin RewNZL3-57:33
1797Máté HelebrandtHUN3-57:53
1838Diego PinzónCOL3-57:54
1950Andrés ChochoECU3-59:03
2098Bence VenyercsánHUN3-59:05
2129Wang QinCHN3-59:35
2211Dzmitry DziubinBLR4-00:25
23112Andrea AgrustiITA4-01:10
24164Marius CocioranROU4-01:43
25189Maryan ZakalnytskyyUKR4-02:53
2665Jarkko KinnunenFIN4-04:28
2749Jhonatan AmoresECU4-05:47
2827Luo YadongCHN4-06:17
29107Alex WrightIRL4-06:20
30124Hayato KatsukiJPN4-06:32
31137Artur MastianicaLTU4-06:43
32128Satoshi MaruoJPN4-06:44
3375Carl DohmannGER4-07:18
3488Bernardo Uriel BarrondoGUA4-08:34
3560Jesús Ángel GarcíaESP4-10:03
3685Alexandros PapamikhailGRE4-12:49
37134Arnis RumbenieksLAT4-13:33
3866Aleksi OjalaFIN4-14:02
39185Valeriy LіtanyukUKR4-14:05
40165Marc MundellRSA4-14:37
41169Michal MorvaySVK4-15:22
4281Nathaniel SeilerGER4-15:37
4345Vít HlaváčCZE4-15:40
44144Horacio NavaMEX4-19:00
4518Mathieu BilodeauCAN4-20:36
4644Lukáš GdulaCZE4-33:06
4754Claudio VillanuevaECU4-53:09
AC114Teodorico CaporasoITADNF
AC156Rafał AugustynPOLDNF
AC148Håvard HaukenesNORDNF
AC58Luis Manuel CorcheteESPDNF
AC104Gurpreet SinghINDDNF
AC93Luis Ángel SánchezGUADNF
AC183Ivan BanzerukUKRDNF
AC146Isaac PalmaMEXDNF
AC70Yohann DinizFRADNF
AC115Marco De LucaITADNF
AC89Erick BarrondoGUADQ
AC135Ruslans SmolonskisLATDQ