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20 kilometres Walk, Women

Date21 August 2008 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants48 from 30 countries
Olympic Record 1-29:05 / Wang Liping CHN / 28 September 2000

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.

PosNrWalkerNOCTimeWarnings
12771Olga KaniskinaRUS1-26:311OBGold
22530Kjersti Tysse-PlätzerNOR1-27:071Silver
32078Elisa RigaudoITA1-27:120Bronze
41390Liu HongCHN1-27:170
51600María VascoESP1-27:252
61614Beatriz PascualESP1-27:440
72046Olive LoughnaneIRL1-27:451
82642Ana CabecinhaPOR1-27:460
92641Vera SantosPOR1-28:140
101173Ryta TuravaBLR1-28:260
112786Tatyana SibilevaRUS1-28:280
121403Shi NaCHN1-29:081
132213Mayumi KawasakiJPN1-29:431
141891Sabine ZimmerGER1-30:190
152376Sonata MilušauskaitėLTU1-30:260
163093Vira ZozuliaUKR1-30:311
171605María José PovésESP1-30:520
182361Kristina SaltanovičLTU1-31:030
191070Jane SavilleAUS1-31:171
202593Sylwia KorzeniowskaPOL1-31:191
211810Jo JacksonGBR1-31:332
221863Melanie SeegerGER1-31:560
232705Ana Maria GrozaROU1-32:160
241937Evangelia XinouGRE1-32:190
252214Sachiko KonishiJPN1-32:210
261525Zuzana SchindlerováCZE1-32:570
271069Claire WoodsAUS1-33:021
282308Kim Mi-JeongKOR1-33:550
292238Svetlana TolstayaKAZ1-34:030
303162Joanne DowUSA1-34:151
312940Zuzana MalíkováSVK1-34:330
321184Sniazhana YurchankaBLR1-35:330
333127Nadiya ProkopukUKR1-35:500
341427Sandra ZapataCOL1-36:181
351561Johana OrdóñezECU1-36:260
361218Tânia SpindlerBRA1-36:460
371577Verónica ColindresESA1-36:520
382004Edina FüstiHUN1-37:030
391061Kellie WapshottAUS1-37:590
401936Despina ZapounidouGRE1-39:110
412327Jolanta DukureLAT1-41:030
421976Evelyn NúñezGUA1-44:130
AC2660Susana FeitorPOR0DNF
AC2412Yuan Yu FangMAS1DNF
AC2835Tatyana KalmykovaRUS3DQ
AC1393Yang MingxiaCHN3DQ
AC1186Alena HinkoBLR3DQ
AC1938Athanasia TsoumelekaGRE1-27:540DQ1