Women’s 50km walk added
WITH just days to go before the start of the IAAF World Championships, the world governing body has added a new 50km race walk for women into the programme.
Scheduled to start at the same time as the men's event, the women’s 50km race walk in London will have separate results and prize money.
The entry standard of 4:30:00 had to be achieved by Tuesday this week and in order for athletes to be allowed to finish the race in London they need to start the last 2km lap within the time limit of 4:17:00.
It means men and women will have the same number of events for first time at the World Championships.
“The IAAF Council’s decision to create a new 50km race walk competition for women with separate results and prize money at the World Championships in London follows the 2016 IAAF Race Walking Team Championships in Rome, where one female athlete from the USA joined her four male team-mates,” said IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
“But we must acknowledge this has been a last-minute decision based upon the request of a small group of athletes. Therefore, to ensure the long-term credibility of the World Championships, we will follow the recommendation of the Race Walking Committee and assess the development of the event to determine whether there are sufficient numbers of athletes and countries legitimately interested.”
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