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2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany

2009 12th IAAF World Championships - Berlin - Women's 20km Race Walk

 

 

Host City: Berlin, Germany
Dates: 15–23 August
Nations participating: 202
Athletes participating: 2101
  Main venue: Olympiastadion
Overview by IAAF  
Kaniskina was the clear favourite, having won comfortably in Osaka in 2007, and Beijing 2008. The Russian followed the pace for a quarter of the race, reaching 5Km in 23:20. Shortly after she took the lead, covering the next two 5Km stretches in 21:38 and 21:24 to lead by almost a minute from Loughnane and Hong. Loughnane won the battle for second, beating Liu by 12 seconds in 1:28:58, gaining 17 seconds on Kaniskina in the last quarter of the race. The temperature, which rose from 27° at the start of the race to 30° by the end, was the prime factor in keeping the time as the slowest winning effort since 1999. In January 2015, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency banned Kaniskina because of anomalies in her Athlete Biological Passport. They announced a three-year suspension for her backdated to 2012. Kaniskina’s results over two separate intervals in 2009 and 2011 were also annulled. Those periods included the Berlin and Daegu World Championships, but the IAAF subsequently filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the “selective disqualification of results applied by RUSADA” to Kaniskina and five other Russians. The CAS upheld the IAAF’s appeal and in March 2016 it was confirmed a three year and two month ban to December 2015 and disqualification all competitive results since August 15, 2009. All of which meant that Loughnane became Ireland’s second female World Champion besides Sonia O’Sullivan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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