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20 kilometres Race Walk, Women

Date11 August 2012 — 17:00
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Mall, London
Participants61 from 33 countries

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. In March 2022 Yelena Lashmanova was disqualified by the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) and she accepted the sanction proposed by the AIU which caused her to lose the gold medal in this event. As of 21 March 2022 no further medal advancements have been announced by the IOC.

PosNrWalkerNOCTimeWarnings
11387Qieyang ShijieCHN1-25:162Silver
21382Liu HongCHN1-26:001Bronze
31385Lu XiuzhiCHN1-27:101
42158Elisa RigaudoITA1-27:361
51652Beatriz PascualESP1-27:560
62722Ana CabecinhaPOR1-28:030
71660María VascóESP1-28:140
82249Masumi FuchiseJPN1-28:411
91655María José PovésESP1-29:361
102108Olive LoughnaneIRL1-29:390
112153Eleonora GiorgiITA1-29:481
122727Inês HenriquesPOR1-29:541
133153Nadiya BorovskaUKR1-30:030
141073Regan LambleAUS1-30:080
152253Mayumi KawasakiJPN1-30:200
161966Melanie SeegerGER1-30:440
172112Laura ReynoldsIRL1-31:020
182438Kristina SaltanovičLTU1-31:040
192701Agnieszka SzwarnógPOL1-31:141
202682Agnieszka DygaczPOL1-31:280
212406Agnese PastareLAT1-31:541
221177Hanna DrabeniaBLR1-31:581
232443Brigita VirbalytėLTU1-31:580
243165Olha YakovenkoUKR1-32:070
251074Beki LeeAUS1-32:140
263309Maria MichtaUSA1-32:270
272509Mónica EquihuaMEX1-32:280
282016Jamy FrancoGUA1-33:181
291423Sandra ArenasCOL1-33:210
301210Claudia BalderramaBOL1-33:281
311430Ingrid HernándezCOL1-33:340
321537Lucie PelantováCZE1-33:350
333359Nguyễn Thị Thanh PhúcVIE1-33:360
342258Kumi OtoshiJPN1-33:500
352774Claudia ȘtefROU1-33:560
362431Neringa AidietytėLTU1-34:010
371580Yadira GuamánECU1-34:470
382056Viktória MadarászHUN1-34:480
392281Ayman KozhakhmetovaKAZ1-35:000
401439Arabelly OrjuelaCOL1-35:050
412001Despina ZapounidouGRE1-35:190
422681Paulina BuziakPOL1-35:232
432017Mayra HerreraGUA1-35:332
441206Nastassia YatsevichBLR1-35:410
452731Vera SantosPOR1-35:510
461582Paola PérezECU1-37:050
471316Rachel SeamanCAN1-37:360
482993Mária CzakováSVK1-37:431
491733Anne HalkivahaFIN1-38:490
503355Milángela RosalesVEN1-42:461
DNF1944Sabine KrantzGER0
DNF2282Sholpan KozhakhmetovaKAZ0
DQ1861Jo JacksonGBR[3]
DQ2363Jeon Yeong-EunKOR[3]
DQ2018Mirna OrtizGUA[3]
DQ1081Claire TallentAUS[3]
DQ2864Olga KaniskinaRUS[1-25:09][1]1
DQ3097Semiha MutluTUR[1-35:33][0]2
DQ3190Olena ShumkinaUKR[1-36:42][0]3
DQ2868Anisya KirdyapkinaRUS[1-26:26][0]4
DQ2875Yelena LashmanovaRUS[1-25:02][1]5