World Athletics Championships 1997/20 km men's walking

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6th World Athletics Championships
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discipline 20 km walk
gender Men
Attendees 49 walkers from 29 countries
venue GreeceGreece Athens
Competition location Circuit through Athens
Competition phase August 2nd
gold medal Daniel García ( MEX ) MexicoMexico 
Silver medal Mikhail Shchennikov ( RUS ) RussiaRussia 
Bronze medal Mikhail Khmelnitsky ( BLR ) BelarusBelarus 

The men's 20 km walk at the 1997 World Athletics Championships was held on August 2, 1997 in the streets of the Greek capital, Athens .

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 .

Existing records

World record 1:18:13 h CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Pavol Blažek Hildesheim , FR Germany September 16, 1990
World championship record 1:19:37 h ItalyItaly Maurizio Damilano 1991 World Cup in Tokyo , Japan August 24, 1991
View from the Acropolis on Athens in 2008

At that time, records were not kept in marathon running and street walking because of the different track conditions with the exception of championship records.

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.


Mikhail Schchennikow, reigning European champion and Olympic runner-up over 50 km in 1996 , became vice world champion as in 1991
Hatem Ghoula finished ninth
Jefferson Pérez was thirteenth
Omar Zepeda came in seventeenth place

August 2, 1997, 7:20 pm

space Surname nation Time (h)
1 Daniel García MexicoMexico Mexico 1:21:43
2 Mikhail Shchennikov RussiaRussia Russia 1:21:53
3 Mikhail Khmelnitsky BelarusBelarus Belarus 1:22:01
4th Yu Guohui China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China 1:22:57
5 Li Zewen China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China 1:23:03
6th Jauhen Missjulja BelarusBelarus Belarus 1:23:10
7th Michele Didoni ItalyItaly Italy 1:23:14
8th Giovanni De Benedictis ItalyItaly Italy 1:23:33
9 Hatem Ghoula TunisiaTunisia Tunisia 1:23:49
10 Robert Ihly GermanyGermany Germany 1:24:12
11 Alessandro Gandellini ItalyItaly Italy 1:23:24
12 Igor Kollár SlovakiaSlovakia Slovakia 1:23:37
13 Jefferson Perez EcuadorEcuador Ecuador 1:23:46
14th Jacek Müller PolandPoland Poland 1:23:47
15th Joel Sánchez MexicoMexico Mexico 1:23:48
16 Denis Langlois FranceFrance France 1:25:27
17th Omar Zepeda MexicoMexico Mexico 1:25:38
18th Nicholas A'Hern AustraliaAustralia Australia 1:25:46
19th Artur Meleshkevich BelarusBelarus Belarus 1:25:47
20th Sérgio Galdino BrazilBrazil Brazil 1:25:50
21st Roberto Oscal GuatemalaGuatemala Guatemala 1:26:20
22nd Marco Giungi ItalyItaly Italy 1:26:23
23 Modris Liepinš LatviaLatvia Latvia 1:26:24
24 Jean-Olivier Brosseau FranceFrance France 1:26:39
25th Sándor Urbanik HungaryHungary Hungary 1:26:50
26th Gyula Dudás HungaryHungary Hungary 1:27:17
27 José Urbano PortugalPortugal Portugal 1:27:25
28 Miloš Holuša Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 1:27:27
29 Fedosei Ciumacenco Moldova RepublicRepublic of Moldova Moldova 1:28:51
30th Luis García GuatemalaGuatemala Guatemala 1:28:51
31 Dion Russell AustraliaAustralia Australia 1:30:49
32 Róbert Valícek SlovakiaSlovakia Slovakia 1:31:28
33 Curt Clausen United StatesUnited States United States 1:32:05
34 Valery Borisov KazakhstanKazakhstan Kazakhstan 1:32:32
35 Dimitrios Orfanopoulos GreeceGreece Greece 1:32:37
36 Fernando Vázquez SpainSpain Spain 1:32:44
37 Chris Britz South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa 1:34:02
DNF Vladimir Andreyev RussiaRussia Russia
Aigars Fadejevs LatviaLatvia Latvia
Claus Jørgensen DenmarkDenmark Denmark
Scott Nelson New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand
Thierry Toutain FranceFrance France
DSQ Rami Abdelhadi Al-Deeb Palastina autonomous areasPalestine Palestine
Andreas Erm GermanyGermany Germany
Narinder Singh Harbans Singh MalaysiaMalaysia Malaysia
Ilya Markov RussiaRussia Russia
Julio René Martínez GuatemalaGuatemala Guatemala
Jan Staaf SwedenSweden Sweden
DOP Daniel Plaza SpainSpain Spain


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. IAAF world records. 20 km go men on, accessed on June 20, 2020
  2. The Doping Excuses Hall of Fame on, accessed June 20, 2020