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20 kilometres Walk, Women

Date23 August 2004 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants57 from 35 countries
Olympic Record 1-29:05 / Wang Liping CHN / 28 September 2000

The last two World Championships had been won by Russians, with Olimpiada Ivanova, the world record holder, winning in 2001 and 1996 Olympic champion Yelena Nikolayeva winning in 2003. The defending champion, Wang Liping was also back. Ivanova led the race most of the way, but the walkers toured a two km. loop outside the Olympic Stadium, and home favorite Athanasia Tsoumeleka pulled even with during that loop, and nudged ahead of Ivanova on the stadium track to win by four seconds. Wang finished eighth while Nikolayeva was a well-beaten 17th. The podium was a tearful scene, with Tsoumeleka crying as the home crowd lavished their plaudits on her. Ivanova was calm, but bronze medalist Jane Saville cried openly for her medal, having been disqualified in 2000 when she was leading on the stadium track in front of her Australian fans.

PosNrWalkerNOCTimeWarnings
12027Athanasia TsoumelekaGRE1-29:122Gold
22887Olimpiada IvanovaRUS1-29:160Silver
31089Jane SavilleAUS1-29:251Bronze
41206Ryta TuravaBLR1-29:391
51933Melanie SeegerGER1-29:520
62201Elisa RigaudoITA1-29:570
71628María VascoESP1-30:062
81376Wang LipingCHN1-30:162
91174Alena HinkoBLR1-30:222
102003Athina PapagianniGRE1-30:371
112182Rossella GiordanoITA1-30:391
122624Kjersti Tysse-PlätzerNOR1-30:490
132955Yuliya VoyevodinaRUS1-31:020
141372Song HongjuanCHN1-31:270
151205Valia TsybulskayaBLR1-31:490
161947Sabine ZimmerGER1-31:590
172916Yelena NikolayevaRUS1-32:160
182199Elisabetta PerroneITA1-32:210
192450Kristina SaltanovičLTU1-32:220
202729Susana FeitorPOR1-32:470
212678Sylwia KorzeniowskaPOL1-33:061
223064Zuzana MalíkováSVK1-33:170
232446Sonata MilušauskaitėLTU1-33:360
241492Barbora DibelkováCZE1-33:370
252733Inês HenriquesPOR1-33:531
262731Maribel GonçalvesPOR1-33:590
272779Norica CîmpeanROU1-34:300
282325Svetlana TolstayaKAZ1-34:430
292785Ana Maria GrozaROU1-34:560
301582Rocío FloridoESP1-35:321
311991Khristina KokotouGRE1-35:431
321350Jiang JingCHN1-35:560
333145Yeliz AyTUR1-36:020
342521Victoria PalaciosMEX1-36:071
352490Yuan Yu FangMAS1-36:341
361090Natalie SavilleAUS1-36:542
372781Daniela CîrlanROU1-37:140
381097Cheryl WebbAUS1-37:401
393050Marie PolliSUI1-37:531
402271Mayumi KawasakiJPN1-37:561
411216Geovana IrustaBOL1-38:360
423211Vira ZozuliaUKR1-38:450
433356Teresa VaillUSA1-38:472
442098Edina FüstiHUN1-39:450
452420Anita LiepiņaLAT1-39:540
461423Sandra ZapataCOL1-42:221
472814Nicolene CronjeRSA1-42:370
481256Alessandra PicageviczBRA1-46:210
492040Teresita ColladoGUA1-46:411
502320Yelena KuznetsovaKAZ1-49:081
512552Yolène RaffinMRI1-49:280
523036Fumilay da FonsecaSTP2-04:540
AC2133Olive LoughnaneIRL1DNF
AC2528María del Rosario SánchezMEX1DNF
AC1286Nevena MinevaBUL0DNF
AC1590Maite GargalloESP3DQ
AC2381Kim Mi-JeongKOR3DQ