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20 kilometres Walk, Women

Date11 August 2012 — 17:00
LocationThe Mall, London
Participants61 from 33 countries
Olympic Record 1-26:31 / Olga Kaniskina RUS / 21 August 2008

The top women’s walker for the past few years had been Russian Olga Kaniskina. She was the defending champion and had won the World Championships in 2007, 2009, and 2011. The London race was expected to be between her and her youthful teammate, 20-year-old Yelena Lashmanova. That was how it worked out as the two separated themselves from the pack, with only China’s Qieyang Shenjie staying with them near the end. After 19 km Kaniskina seemed to have the race in hand, leading and in control, but it was Lashmanova who finished fastest and came down the 10th lap of the race to win in 1-25:02, seven seconds ahead of Kaniskina, setting an Olympic and world record in the process. Lashmanova’s final lap of 8:07 was the fastest split of the race. Qieyang won bronze, followed by her teammate Liu Hong in fourth. The fifth-place finisher was Russian Anisya Kirdyapkina, whose husband, Sergey Kirdyapkin, had just won the 50 km walk that morning.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

In January 2015 Russian Olga Kaniskina, the original silver medalist, was disqualified for a biological passport offense, losing her silver medal. Chinese walkers Qieyang Shenjie and Liu Hong were advanced to the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

12875Yelena LashmanovaRUS1-25:021Gold
21387Qieyang ShenjieCHN1-25:162Silver
31382Liu HongCHN1-26:001Bronze
41385Lu XiuzhiCHN1-27:101
52158Elisa RigaudoITA1-27:361
61652Beatriz PascualESP1-27:560
72722Ana CabecinhaPOR1-28:030
81660María VascoESP1-28:140
92249Masumi FuchiseJPN1-28:411
101655María José PovésESP1-29:361
112108Olive LoughnaneIRL1-29:390
122153Eleonora GiorgiITA1-29:481
132727Inês HenriquesPOR1-29:541
143153Nadiya BorovskaUKR1-30:030
151073Regan LambleAUS1-30:080
162253Mayumi KawasakiJPN1-30:200
171966Melanie SeegerGER1-30:440
182112Laura ReynoldsIRL1-31:020
192438Kristina SaltanovičLTU1-31:040
202701Agnieszka SzwarnógPOL1-31:141
212682Agnieszka DygaczPOL1-31:280
222406Agnese PastareLAT1-31:541
231177Hanna DrabeniaBLR1-31:581
242443Brigita VirbalytėLTU1-31:580
253165Olha YakovenkoUKR1-32:070
261074Beki LeeAUS1-32:140
273309Maria MichtaUSA1-32:270
282509Mónica EquihuaMEX1-32:280
292016Jamy FrancoGUA1-33:181
301423Sandra ArenasCOL1-33:210
311210Claudia BalderramaBOL1-33:281
321430Ingrid HernándezCOL1-33:340
331537Lucie PelantováCZE1-33:350
343359Nguyễn Thị Thanh PhúcVIE1-33:360
352258Kumi OtoshiJPN1-33:500
362774Claudia ȘtefROU1-33:560
372431Neringa AidietytėLTU1-34:010
381580Yadira GuamánECU1-34:470
392056Viktória MadarászHUN1-34:480
402281Ayman KozhakhmetovaKAZ1-35:000
411439Arabelly OrjuelaCOL1-35:050
422001Despina ZapounidouGRE1-35:190
432681Paulina BuziakPOL1-35:232
442017Mayra HerreraGUA1-35:332
451206Nastassia YatsevichBLR1-35:410
462731Vera SantosPOR1-35:510
471582Paola PérezECU1-37:050
481316Rachel SeamanCAN1-37:360
492993Mária CzakováSVK1-37:431
501733Anne HalkivahaFIN1-38:490
513355Milángela RosalesVEN1-42:461
AC1944Sabine KrantzGER0DNF
AC2282Sholpan KozhakhmetovaKAZ0DNF
AC1861Jo JacksonGBR3DQ
AC2363Jeon Yeong-EunKOR3DQ
AC2018Mirna OrtízGUA3DQ
AC1081Claire TallentAUS3DQ
AC2864Olga KaniskinaRUS1-25:091DQ1
AC3097Semiha MutluTUR1-35:330DQ2
AC3190Olena ShumkinaUKR1-36:420DQ3
AC2868Anisya KirdyapkinaRUS1-26:260DQ4