Women’s 50km walk added

Athletics Weekly - - Start -

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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