Olympics
List of all Olympics Women's 20 KM walk winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Women's 20 KM walk

The 20 kilometer race walk for women was inducted in the Olympics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. It will be contested in the Beijing Olympics for the third time in the games.

Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations specified by the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF are implemented in the Olympics.
  • If an athlete commits severe violation of the IAAF rules, she is shown red card. Usually, the judge who has noticed the violation informs the chief judge, who shows the red card.
  • If an athlete is shown three red cards, she stands disqualified.
  • Number of judges during the race walk must be minimum six.
  • The athletes can take refreshments only at specified places.
  • While race walking, the athletes must not lose contact with the ground any time. If the advancing leg is bending, it is the violation of IAAF rules.
  • For minor offence the athlete is warned by the judge with a yellow card. However, an athlete cannot be warned by the same judge twice.
  • An athlete can leave the race course while the race only with prior permission of a judge. And when she is off, she has to remain under strict observation of a judge.
Technique
Athletes have to train hard and condition themselves to ready their body for the rigors of the grand race. Only properly conditioned leg muscles can absorb the impact of a 20 kilometer race. She has also to practice for walking without bending the legs. If the body is not conditioned to such a long race, it will exhaust when the time comes to deliver.

Top Performers
Women athletes who have performed well in the Olympics are Wang Liping, Kjersti Tysse Platzer, Maria Vasco, Liu Hongyu, Tamara Kovalenko, Irina Stankina, Olga Polyakova Irina Pudovkina, Tatyana Gudkova, Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Olimpiada Ivanova, and Jane Saville.

Women's 20 KM walk Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Wang Liping
China
Kjersti Plätzer
Norway
María Vasco
Spain
2004 Athanasia Tsoumeleka
Greece
Olimpiada Ivanova
Russia
Jane Saville
Australia
2008 Olga Kaniskina
Russia
Kjersti Plätzer
Norway
Elisa Rigaudo
Italy
2012 Elena Lashmanova
Russia
Olga Kaniskina
Russia
Qieyang Shijie
China
2016 Liu Hong
China
María Guadalupe González
Mexico
Lü Xiuzhi
China