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2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany

2009 12th IAAF World Championships - Berlin - Men's 50km Race Walk



Host City: Berlin, Germany
Dates: 15–23 August
Nations participating: 202
Athletes participating: 2101
  Main venue: Olympiastadion
Overview by IAAF  
The race was held over a 25 lap 2Km course with the pace varying from 22:28 (for the first 5Km) to 21:31 (for the penultimate 5Km). The race was led for most of the way by Adams and Tallent, with Adams ahead at 20Km (1:28:24), and Tallent leading at 40Km (2:55:24). The 2005 champion Kirdyapkin then accelerated, and with a last 5Km of 21:37, came home a winner by 2:41. His two halves were covered in 1:50:08 and 1:48:27. The next four also had negative splits, while those suffering most amongst the top finishers were the Australians and European Champion Diniz, who had led at halfway (1:50:08). Sixteen years after his world gold (also in Germany), 39 year-old Garcia – contesting his ninth World Championships – took bronze to equal Korzeniowski’s record event medal tally of four. The winner had the same coach (Viktor Chegin) as the other two Berlin walks champions. “[He] gave me advice and I followed it,” explained Kirdyapkin, “start slowly then pick up speed continuously until the end of the race.” Regrettably Kirdyapkin was one of six Russian athletes who, in January 2015, were heavily banned by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency due to irregularities in their biological passports. The full extent of their initial punishments by the RUSADA was disputed by the IAAF and the case was processed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2015/2016. In March 2016 the CAS upheld the IAAF’s appeal, annulling all of Kirdyapkin’s results from August 20, 2009. Coach Chegin was given a life ban, from February 2016. Besides his Berlin world title, Kirdyapkin was also stripped of his 2012 Olympic gold and the 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Cup title. Both of those honours ultimately went to Tallent, who was seventh (then sixth) in Berlin. Nymark became the rightful World Champion of 2009 and should now be regarded as the first Norwegian man to win such an honour, two days before javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen.




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