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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's 50km Race Walk



Host City: Osaka, Japan
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF   nagai stadium01 
behind Yu by 10Km, after the Chinese athlete’s second 5Km split of 22:18. Neither man would finish. Ninety seconds behind Yu, the favourites were biding their time. World record holder Deakes took over the lead just after the 30Km point, passing 35Km some six seconds ahead of European Champion Diniz, and extended his lead the rest of the way to the finish. Behind these two, Schwazer held back till the 35Km point on the advice of his coach, before gaining more than one and an half minutes on Deakes. He won the bronze but was furious that his move had come too late. Down in 19th place was Canada’s Tim Berrett who became the first man to compete in nine World Championships. The temperature ranged from 25° to 30° during the race, resulting in the slowest winning time since 1999.

The men's 50 kilometres walk event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics took place on 1 September 2007 in the streets of Osaka, Japan.


World record 3:35:47 Nathan Deakes Australia Geelong, Australia 2 December 2006
Championship record 3:36:03 Robert Korzeniowski Poland Paris, France 2003
  50km Race Walk 1 September

Event report: Men’s 50km Race Walk

Four times a Commonwealth champion, now top of the world. Nathan Deakes walked away with the 50km race walk gold on a blistering Osaka morning in the Nagai Park today after putting in a devastating burst between 35 and 40km that killed off the opposition.

After finishing fourth at 20km in 2001, the official world record-holder now joins an exclusive club containing Cathy Freeman and Jana Rawlinson as the only Australian IAAF World champions.

“This is what every athlete dreams of,” he said. “It is a great feeling, records are to be broken, but nobody can take from you away the world champion title.”

Deakes bided his time in the early stages and made his move with 15km of the race to go, destroying the threat from sudden race leader Yohan Diniz of France who took the silver. The Australian, who has been preparing for the World Championships in the Tuscany region of Italy, entered the sun-bleached stadium in glorious isolation with his white cap still tugged tightly over his shaded eyes.

He crossed the line in 3hrs 43mins 53secs, his face streaming with tears. “I had my plan and executed well,” he said. “I will remember forever the feeling when I came into the stadium and it was clear I was the champion. It was quite emotional. I think it was my 10th 50 km, so it’s a great jubilee.”

Deakes was a superb winner, and once he took the lead his victory was never in doubt. But Diniz also had a good race as both produced their fastest times of the year in the kind of heat more suited to barbecues than race walking. Diniz finished in 3:44:22.

“The gold wasn't out of reach but it wasn't for me today,” said Diniz. “But Nathan Deakes was too strong.”

Italy’s Alex Schwazer, the fastest man in the field this year, took the bronze in 3:44:38 after a desperate surge over the last five kilometres that almost brought him silver. For him, the expectations had been high, and another bronze after winning the same colour two years ago was hard to take.

“I am very disappointed,” he said. “Unfortunately my race was not the best one tactically speaking. I started too slowly and then I could not catch up. In these conditions, I wanted to be cautious, but now I know that I was too cautious.”

The temperature was already in the high 20s at shortly after 7am when the walkers left an eerily empty Nagai Stadium after four and a half laps around the track.

Deakes led them out under the long shadows that striped the streets around Nagai Park, although the Spaniard Santiago Perez and China’s Yu Chaohong soon opened an early lead of 14 seconds on a group of nine containing the three eventual medallists plus Yuki Yamazaki of Japan and the 2005 champion Sergey Kirdyapkin.

The leaders stretched their advantage to 23 seconds by 5km (23mins 36secs), but after 36 minutes on the road, Yu put his foot down and strode away from the Spaniard to become the outright leader.

Less than 10 hours after Liu Xiang’s hurdles victory, this was an eye-catching move by the Chinese walker who finished fourth at the Athens Olympics. Two years ago he produced one of the fastest times in history so it was no surprise to see him figure so highly.

At 10km (45:54) he had a 42-second lead on Perez while Kirdyapkin led the nine-man group through, 1:29 behind. By now the defending champion was joined by the youngster in the Russian team, 22-year-old Vladimir Kanaykin, and these two began the chase, hauling in Perez after 14km, and separating themselves plus Deakes and Diniz from the rest of the huddle.

At 15km (1:08:07) Yu increased his lead to 1:41, but Deakes, Kanaykin and, much to the delight of the few early morning spectators, the Japanese record-holder Yamazaki, had reduced the deficit, with Diniz a step or two behind. Kirdyapkin soon went through a bad patch and slipped back as his compatriot began to cut into Yu’s lead, reducing it to 67 seconds. The defending champion would eventually drop out.

Perhaps his early pace was taking its toll. The answer came at 20km (1:31:30) when split times showed Yu’s lead down to 18 seconds. It had been a bold attempt to win China’s second gold in two days, but within another kilometre Yu was swallowed up by Kanaykin, Yamakazi and Deakes. He hung on for a kilometre or so, but as Kamaykin upped the tempo, his bid for glory bit the dust and he was later disqualified shortly after 25km.

Meanwhile, Kanaykin led Deakes and Yamazaki to the half way point in 1:53:35 with Diniz now 14 seconds back and Yu, fading badly, almost a minute behind. A second group containing Schwazer and Kirdyapkin were another 2:14 adrift.

The leaders strode together through 30km in 2:15:39, with Diniz a quarter of a minute behind, but the Frenchman was closing fast and he stomped past the leaders like a late commuter in what can only be described as the race walkers’ equivalent of a flash. It was the fastest km of the race, 4:12, and only Deakes could respond.

The Australian had bided his time and clearly still had plenty in reserve. Slowly he pulled away from Diniz to pass 35km in 2:37:33 with a six-second advantage as Yamazaki moved into third a further 34 seconds back.

By now the heat was taking its toll on the walkers – Latvia’s Igors Kazakevics was stretchered away from the course wrapped in cold towels. Not that it seemed to affect the iron man Deakes who was oblivious to the carnage around him, kicking in kilometres of 4:18, 4:19, 4:16, 4:17, 4:19 and 4:21 to reach 40km in 2:59:05 with a lead of 39 seconds.

Behind Deakes and Diniz, Schwazer caught Yamazaki whose determined effort to bring host nation its first medal of the championships was over.

Deakes maintained his relentless pace slowing slightly in the last 10km, although never more than his challengers. As he approached the stadium Deakes gave a thumbs up sign to Aussie fans at the side of the course. By now he was sure of the gold and the grimmace of pain and sweaty concentration he’d shown for the last 10 kilometres turned into a smile.

He raised another thumb at the crowd as he strode into the arena and by the time he reached the finish line he was already in tears. He put his hands over his face in exhausted joy and wept.

Diniz punched the air, also delighted with his medal, while Schwazer was the absolute opposite. Disgusted with himself he stormed off the track, ripped off his race number and collapsed in the tunnel. His were tears of frustration.

“Maybe I will be able to rejoice in my medal later,” he said, “to appreciate it in the evening.”

“The last 5km were very tough,” said Deakes. “But I was able to manage. Next year at the Olympics I want to try the double. But 50km is always a long way, so we will see.”

Osaka 2007 News Team/mkb

1 Nathan Deakes AUS 17 Aug 77 3.43.53
2 Yohann Diniz FRA 1 Jan 78 3.44.22
3 Alex Schwazer ITA 26 Dec 84 3.44.38
4 Denis Nizhegorodov RUS 26 Jul 80 3.46.57
5 Erik Tysse NOR 4 Dec 80 3.51.52
6 Mikel Odriozola ESP 25 May 73 3.55.19
7 Sun Chao CHN 8 Jan 87 3.55.43
8 Trond Nymark NOR 28 Dec 76 3.57.22
9 Horacio Nava MEX 20 Jan 82 3.58.17
10 Jarkko Kinnunen FIN 19 Jan 84 3.58.22
11 Antti Kempas FIN 3 Oct 80 3.59.34
12 Donatas Skarnulis LTU 21 Oct 77 3.59.48
13 Eddy Riva FRA 17 Mar 73 4.00.44
14 David Boulanger FRA 11 Dec 74 4.01.30
15 Antonio Pereira POR 10 Jul 75 4.02.09
16 Ken Akashi JPN 6 Nov 76 4.02.31
17 Yusuke Yachi JPN 2 Jan 80 4.05.21
18 Diego Cafagna ITA 9 Jul 75 4.06.03
19 Tim Berrett CAN 23 Jan 65 4.06.47
20 Jesus Sanchez MEX 26 Oct 73 4.07.14
21 Grzegorz Sudol POL 28 Aug 78 4.07.48
22 Milos Batovsky SVK 26 May 79 4.08.22
23 Nenad Filipovic SRB 5 Oct 78 4.12.11
24 Chris Erickson AUS 1 Dec 81 4.13.00
25 Konstadinos Stefanopoulos GRE 11 Jul 84 4.14.22
26 Augusto Cardoso POR 13 Dec 70 4.14.38
27 Jorge Costa POR 20 Mar 61 4.16.05
28 Igors Kazakevics LAT 17 Apr 80 4.19.43
29 Andrei Stsepanchuk BLR 12 Jun 79 4.23.30
30 Rafal Fedaczynski POL 3 Dec 80 4.24.51
31 Kevin Eastler USA 14 Oct 77 4.31.52
Zhao Chengliang CHN 1 Jun 84 DQ
Yuki Yamazaki JPN 16 Jan 84 DNF
Jamie Costin IRL 1 Jun 77 DNF
Marco De Luca ITA 12 May 81 DNF
Anton Kucmin SVK 7 Jun 84 DNF
Duane Cousins AUS 13 Jul 73 DQ
Aleksey Voyevodin RUS 9 Aug 70 DNF
Andreas Gustafsson SWE 10 Aug 81 DQ
Ingus Janevics LAT 29 Apr 86 DNF
Kamil Kalka POL 27 Jul 81 DNF
Santiago Perez ESP 15 Jan 72 DNF
Yu Chaohong CHN 12 Dec 76 DQ
Omar Zepeda MEX 8 Jul 77 DQ
Sergey Kirdyapkin RUS 18 Jun 80 DNF
Vitaly Talankou BLR 29 Apr 82 DNF
Jesus Angel Garcia ESP 17 Oct 69 DQ
Vladimir Kanaykin RUS 21 Mar 85 DNF
Fredy Hernandez COL 24 Apr 78 DNF
Peter Korcok SVK 12 Aug 74 DNF
Fredrik Svensson SWE 10 Sep 73 DQ
Tony Sargisson NZL 24 Jun 75 DNF
Zoltan Czukor HUN 18 Dec 62 DQ
Colin Griffin IRL 3 Aug 82 DQ

01 SEP 2007 07:00 

1 205 Denis Nizhegorodov RUS RUS 3:35:29 3:40:53
2 211 Yuki Yamazaki JPN JPN 3:43:38 3:47:40
3 248 Tony Sargisson NZL NZL 3:58:05  
4 254 Zoltán Czukor HUN HUN 3:50:02 4:03:37
5 247 Antti Kempas FIN FIN 3:57:59 3:57:59
6 228 Duane Cousins AUS AUS 3:53:19  
7 223 Colin Griffin IRL IRL 3:51:32 3:51:32
8 128 Alex Schwazer ITA ITA 3:36:04 3:36:04
9 236 Tim Berrett CAN CAN 3:50:21 3:55:08
10 209 Aleksey Voyevodin RUS RUS 3:38:01 3:41:52
11 229 Jamie Costin IRL IRL 3:53:30 3:53:30
12 243 Jarkko Kinnunen FIN FIN 3:56:54  
13 244 Jesús Sánchez MEX MEX 3:57:08 3:57:08
14 112 Erik Tysse NOR NOR 3:54:37 3:57:35
15 256 Nenad Filipović SRB SRB 4:03:42 4:03:42
16 246 Jorge Costa POR POR 3:55:31 3:57:44
17 210 Jesús Ángel García ESP ESP 3:39:54 3:46:08
18 235 Kamil Kalka POL POL 3:54:44  
19 251 Igors Kozakevičs LAT LAT 3:59:56 3:59:56
20 219 Grzegorz Sudol POL POL 3:49:09  
21 258 Sergey Kirdyapkin RUS RUS 3:38:08  
22 217 Rafał Fedaczyński POL POL 3:48:07 3:48:07
23 240 Ken Akashi JPN JPN 3:54:11 3:55:55
24 204 Chengliang Zhao CHN CHN 3:36:13 3:44:26
25 237 Augusto Cardoso POR POR 3:55:14 3:55:14
26 245 Anton Kučmín SVK SVK 3:57:41 3:57:41
27 226 Vitali Talankou BLR BLR 3:51:59 3:51:59
28 227 António Pereira POR POR 3:52:17 3:52:17
29 140 Kevin Eastler USA USA 4:05:44 4:05:44
30 252 Andreas Gustafsson SWE SWE 4:00:48 4:00:48
31 224 Eddy Riva FRA FRA 3:51:34 3:51:34
32 215 Marco De Luca ITA ITA 3:47:04 3:47:04
33 249 Chris Erickson AUS AUS 3:58:22 4:04:10
34 255 Konstantinos Stefanopoulos GRE GRE 4:03:42 4:03:42
35 242 Fredrik Svensson SWE SWE 3:53:46 4:07:55
36 203 Chaohong Yu CHN CHN 3:36:06 3:49:27
37 230 Ingus Janevics LAT LAT 3:53:57 3:53:57
38 221 Peter Korcok SVK SVK 3:51:09  
39 107 Yohann Diniz FRA FRA 3:41:39  
40 231 Miloš Bátovský SVK SVK 3:54:08 3:54:10
41 206 Vladimir Kanaykin RUS RUS 3:40:40 3:40:57
42 218 Horació Nava MEX MEX 3:48:22 3:52:35
43 232 Donatas Škarnulis LTU LTU 3:54:23 3:54:23
44 253 Fredy Hernández COL COL 4:03:10 4:03:10
45 207 Trond Nymark NOR NOR 3:41:30 3:41:31
46 239 Diego Cafagna ITA ITA 3:55:18 3:55:21
47 201 Nathan Deakes AUS AUS 3:35:47  
48 241 Omar Zepeda MEX MEX 3:49:01 3:56:04
49 233 Andrey Stepanchuk BLR BLR 3:51:40 4:08:30
50 212 Mikel Odriozola ESP ESP 3:41:47  
51 238 Yusuke Yachi JPN JPN 3:55:19 4:04:08
52 220 Chao Sun CHN CHN 3:50:46 3:50:46
53 225 David Boulanger FRA FRA 3:51:36 3:51:48
54 214 Santiago Pérez ESP ESP 3:45:55 3:46:56

Event preview: Men’s 50km Walk

Sergey Kirdyapkin is aiming to become only the second man to defend this title after Robert Korzeniowski took World gold in the 50km Walk in Edmonton and Paris.

Kirdyapkin, a 27-year-old Russian, strolled away with the title two years ago to succeed the great Pole, leading in Helsinki from the fifth kilometre and crossing the line without receiving a warning. But the reigning champion has only competed once this year, over 35km in the Russian winter event, and cannot be certain of his form.

After filling the top two slots last time, Russia could well provide the third cleansweep of the championships and the first ever in this event, such is their dominance of the world’s leader board.

Aleksey Voyevodin, the 2005 silver medallist, is in the squad again after finishing fourth in the European Cup in Leamington Spa, Britain, in May in 3hr 41min 42sec, while Denis Nizhegorodov, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist, who once set an unratified world record, will also be in the hunt.

Nizhegorodov, the Russian champion and World No2, will also be joined by Vladimir Kanaykin, a former World Junior and World Youth champion, who will be keen to complete the medal set with a senior gold. The 22-year-old is this year’s Russian 20km champion and beat Kirdyapkin in the winter 35km event before winning the European Cup.

The main challenge to Russia’s chances may come from the in-form Italian Alex Schwazer. The reigning bronze medallist, Schwazer broke the Italian record when he clocked 3:36:04 in Rosignano Solvay in February, the fastest time in the world. He is likely to finish strongly; two years ago he improved from eighth at half way to claim a medal.

Others to look out for include Trond Nymark, who finished just out of the medals in Helsinki and again at the European Championships in Gothenburg last year. The Norwegian, who was second in Leamington Spa and holds the fourth quickest time of the year, will be keen to break his major championship medal duck.

The Asian champion Zhao Chengliang is also in form, while his Chinese teammate Yu Chaohong will have eyes on a medal after finishing fourth at the Athens Olympics.

Then there’s the Spanish contingent, inlcuding the champion of 14 years ago, Jesus Angel Garcia. Garcia also took silvers in 1997 and 2001, but after disqualification two years ago, the 37-year-old will feel he has something to prove.

And don’t discount the official world record-holder Nathan Deakes, the Australian who has four Commonwealth Games titles to his name. He has only raced once this year, over 20km at La Coruna, but has prepared in the Tuscany region of Italy specially for Osaka.

This event always boasts a handful of athletics veterans and this year they come in the shape of Canadian record-holder Tim Berrett, walking in his ninth World Championships at the age of 42, Hungary’s Zoltan Czukor, who returns to the World Championships for the first time since 1999 at the age of 44, and Portugal’s Jorge Costa, the oldest walker in the field at 46.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mkb





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