World Athletics Championships 1997/20 km men's walking
|6th World Athletics Championships|
|discipline||20 km walk|
|Attendees||49 walkers from 29 countries|
|Competition location||Circuit through Athens|
|Competition phase||August 2nd|
World champion was the Mexican Daniel García . Second place went to the Russian vice world champion from 1991 and reigning European champion Mikhail Schchennikow , who had also won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games over the distance of 50 kilometers . Bronze went to the Belarusian Mikhail Khmelnitsky .
|World record||1:18:13 h||Pavol Blažek||Hildesheim , FR Germany||September 16, 1990|
|World championship record||1:19:37 h||Maurizio Damilano||1991 World Cup in Tokyo , Japan||August 24, 1991|
The existing world championship record was not set and not improved at these world championships.
There was no preliminary round, all 49 walkers went to the final together.
The competition was overshadowed by a doping case: the Spanish Olympic champion from 1992, Daniel Plaza ,
who initially came tenth , was convicted of doping abuse and disqualified. His explanation belongs in a hit list of the most ridiculous excuses for a positive doping test: he had oral sex with his pregnant wife, who probably produced the steroid naturally as a pregnant woman and passed it on to him.
August 2, 1997, 7:20 pm
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