The 50 kilometer walk for men in Olympics has
been part of the Games since 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games. An event
demanding extreme physical stamina, it has been part of all
subsequent Olympics. The athletes have to undergo tough physical
training and conditioning to compete well in the competition.
Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations specified by the International Association of
Athletics Federations or the IAAF are implemented during the 50
kilometer walk in Olympics.
- Any athlete who is served three red cards is disqualified.
- Athletes must not sever contact with the ground during the
- An athlete can leave the race course only with the prior
permission of the judge. During his off time he is kept under
strict observation of a judge.
- An athlete has to leave the race course on the order of an
official medical practitioner.
- Advancing leg has to be straight. If the forward leg is bent,
the athlete is served a warning.
- During a race walk the number of judges appointed should not
be less than six.
- For a major violation of the rules, the athlete is shown a
red card. The judge who has noticed the violation informs the
chief judge, who shows the red card.
- To warn an athlete, a yellow card is shown by the judge.
However, a judge cannot warn the same athlete twice.
- The athletes are allowed to take refreshments at specified
places. For violating this rule, they could be instantly
Athletes who have performed will in the event are Yucheng Han,
Chengliang Zhao, Yu Caohong, Robert Korzeniowski, Abdon Pamich, Don
Thompson, Norman Read, Giuseppe Dordoni, John Ljunggren, Harold
Whitlock, Thomas Green, Denis Nizhegorodov, Shucai Xing, Andreas
Erm, Andrey Perlov, Valeriy Spitsyn, German Skurygin, Vyacheslav
Ivanenko, Raul Gonzalez, Hartwig Gauder, Bernd Kannenberg and