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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's 50km Race Walk

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
After four World or Olympic golds at 50Km, the great Robert Korzeniowski described this event as “the toughest race of my life.” Like Jefferson Pérez four days earlier, he broke the world record with negative splits. The defending champion, resident in France, was always prominent. At 15Km there were seven men in the lead pack; Korzeniowski, Erm, Voyevodin, Yu, Fadejevs, Nizhegorodov and 1999 disqualifee Skurygin. Two laps later the 35 year-old Pole began to stretch away and was six seconds ahead of Erm at the halfway mark. At 38Km Erm was caught by Skurygin, who continued to close dramatically on Korzeniowski. The Russian covered 35K-45Km in 41:38 compared with Korzeniowski 42:22, but the vastly experienced Pole had saved himself for a 21:12 final lap to Skurygin’s 21:45. “I had no other possibility than to set a new world best,” said Korzeniowski, whose 10Km splits were 44:33, 44:16, 43:25, 42:28 and 42:43.
 The Men's 50 km Walk event at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France was held on Wednesday August 27, 2003, with the start at 07:50h local time.
 
  50km Race Walk 27 August
  Final

Event Report World 50km Walk

The walking phenomenon that is Robert KORZENIOWSKI struck again this morning when the Pole took his third World Championship title in this discipline, breaking his own world best performance by 36 seconds in 3:36:03.
 
Korzeniowski, who also has three Olympic gold medals, made his decisive move just before the half way mark and from there on simply destroyed the rest of the field.
 
German SKURYGIN of Russia, who was stripped of the 1999 world title because of a doping offence, took his first major championship medal, a silver, in a national record 3:36:42, after a brave effort to chase the Pole down between 35km and 45km.
 
Former European junior champion Andreas ERM was rewarded for his early efforts to stay with the 35-year-old's relentless pace, taking the bronze medal in a German record time of 3:37:46.
 
Korzenioski's incredible pace induced another four personal bests among the top eight and a string of season's bests right through the field.
 
After the first five kilometres there were already seven walkers clear - China's YU Chaohong was leading in 22:33, with Korzeniowski, Erm, Latvia's Aigars FADEJEVS and three Russians, Aleksey VOYEVODIN, Denis NIZHEGORODOV and Skurygin - before a gap of 31 seconds to the rest of the field.
 
By 10km Korzeniowski was leading the pack, in 44:33, but all seven were still in contention. It was the same at 15km (Korzenioswki in 1:06:47), but by 20km the group was down to six as Yu had already been disqualified.
 
It was at this point that Korzeniowski made his move, striding past the trio of Russians with Erm in pursuit. The pattern of the rest of the race had been set. The Pole opened a small gap and kept pushing. The Russians, until then chatting amongst themselves as they walked, rapidly adopted more serious expressions.
 
By the half way mark (passed in 1:50:14), Korzenioswki had six seconds on Erm and 30 on the Russians. Ledejevs had gone and Voyevodin was losing touch with his compatriots as Skurygin made his move. At 30km (2:11:20)Korzenioswki's lead over Erm had stretched to 18 seconds, and he had more than a minute over the Skurygin.
 
But the Russian had saved his strength and began to make up ground on the German, now 25 seconds behind the leader. He caught Erm and by the 40km mark (passed by Korzeniowski in 2:53:36) was only 19 seconds adrift, with Erm another 16 seconds back. By now the Pole was looking worried, as he had every right to be, for the gap came down to eight seconds, then six at 45km (3:14:51).
 
But Korzeniowski, who lives in northern France, had yet another gear. He turned the screw again in the final few kilometres to see off the Russian challenge. He entered the brightly lit Stade de France wearing sun glasses and a broad smile, crossing the line 39 seconds clear for a historic victory. The Pole, already the only man to win the world title more than once, now has three to his name.
1 Robert Korzeniowski POL 30 Jul 68 3.36.03 NR WR
2 German Skurygin RUS 15 Sep 63 3.36.42  
3 Andreas Erm GER 12 Mar 76 3.37.46 NR
4 Aleksey Voyevodin RUS 9 Aug 70 3.38.01  
5 Denis Nizhegorodov RUS 26 Jul 80 3.38.23  
6 Jesús Ángel García ESP 17 Oct 69 3.43.56  
7 Roman Magdziarczyk POL 5 Jul 77 3.44.53  
8 Trond Nymark NOR 28 Dec 76 3.46.14  
9 Sergey Korepanov KAZ 9 May 64 3.47.42  
10 Denis Langlois FRA 10 Oct 68 3.49.05  
11 Eddy Riva FRA 17 Mar 73 3.53.18  
12 Germán Sánchez MEX 31 Jul 67 3.53.24  
13 Peter Korčok SVK 12 Aug 74 3.54.12  
14 Mikel Odriozola ESP 25 May 73 3.56.27  
15 Fredrik Svensson SWE 10 Sep 73 3.56.31  
16 Spirídon Kastánis GRE 23 Sep 64 3.56.41  
17 Pedro Martins POR 12 Jan 68 3.58.10  
18 Bengt Bengtsson SWE 4 Sep 61 3.58.36  
19 Tim Berrett CAN 23 Jan 65 4.02.03  
Tomasz Lipiec POL 10 May 71 DQ  
Aigars Fadejevs LAT 27 Dec 75 DQ  
Bian Aiguo CHN 10 Jun 80 DQ  
Modris Liepiņš LAT 3 Aug 66 DQ  
Wang Yinhang CHN 15 Feb 77 DQ  
Jacob Sørensen DEN 27 Dec 74 DQ  
Fumio Imamura JPN 5 Nov 66 DQ  
Miloš Holuša CZE 2 May 65 DQ  
Marco Giungi ITA 30 Oct 74 DQ  
Craig Barrett NZL 16 Nov 71 DQ  
Grzegorz Sudoł POL 28 Aug 78 DQ  
János Tóth HUN 15 Apr 78 DQ  
Curt Clausen USA 9 Oct 67 DQ  
Yu Chaohong CHN 12 Dec 76 DQ  
Peter Tichý SVK 12 Mar 69 DQ  
Jamie Costin IRL 1 Jun 77 DNF  
Aleksandar Raković SRB 13 Apr 68 DNF  
Francisco José Pinardo ESP 15 Mar 75 DNF  
Luis García GUA 13 Sep 74 DNF  
Miguel Angel Rodríguez MEX 15 Jan 67 DNF  

27 AUG 2003 07:50

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 397 Mikel Odriozola ESP ESP 3:42:03 3:42:03
2 327 Miloš Holuša CZE CZE 3:49:08 3:58:05
3 483 Denis Langlois FRA FRA 3:47:38  
4 401 Francisco Pinardo ESP ESP 3:52:51 3:54:01
5 618 Luis García GUA GUA 3:53:31 3:53:31
6 250 Yinhang Wang CHN CHN 3:44:28 3:48:11
7 344 Jacob Sørensen DEN DEN 3:51:46  
8 760 Fumio Imamura JPN JPN 3:49:38 3:59:20
9 1279 Bengt Bengtsson SWE SWE 3:56:26 3:56:26
10 865 Modris Liepinš LAT LAT 3:47:48  
11 1029 Trond Nymark NOR NOR 3:46:49 3:46:49
12 1293 Fredrik Svensson SWE SWE 3:56:32 3:56:53
13 200 Tim Berrett CAN CAN 3:50:23  
14 938 Miguel Ángel Rodríguez MEX MEX 3:42:45  
15 704 Marco Giungi ITA ITA 3:45:55  
16 490 Eddy Riva FRA FRA 3:55:31 3:55:31
17 1087 Tomasz Lipiec POL POL 3:40:08  
18 864 Aigars Fadejevs LAT LAT 3:43:18 3:46:03
19 240 Aiguo Bian CHN CHN 3:51:50 3:51:50
20 1085 Robert Korzeniowski POL POL 3:36:39  
21 605 Spirídon Kastánis GRE GRE 3:54:11 4:03:23
22 1275 Peter Korcok SVK SVK 3:52:49 3:55:13
23 1088 Roman Magdziarczyk POL POL 3:48:17  
24 791 Sergey Korepanov KAZ KAZ 3:39:22 3:49:29
25 553 Andreas Erm GER GER 3:43:53 3:43:53
26 1197 Aleksey Voyevodin RUS RUS 3:40:16 3:48:43
27 1039 Craig Barrett NZL NZL 3:48:05 3:51:15
28 1097 Grzegorz Sudol POL POL 3:50:37  
29 1102 Pedro Martins POR POR 3:55:54 3:57:42
30 1192 German Skurygin RUS RUS 3:40:54 3:47:50
31 1385 Curt Clausen USA USA 3:48:04 4:08:36
32 662 Jamie Costin IRL IRL 3:53:58 3:53:58
33 1212 Aleksandar Rakovic SCG SCG 3:48:01  
34 1178 Denis Nizhegorodov RUS RUS 3:43:27 3:43:27
35 649 János Tóth HUN HUN 3:59:24 3:59:24
36 386 Jesús Ángel García ESP ESP 3:39:54 3:46:03
37 939 Germán Sánchez MEX MEX 3:44:50 4:04:11
38 252 Chaohong Yu CHN CHN 3:44:11 3:44:11
39 1276 Peter Tichý SVK SVK 3:51:22

 

 

 

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