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Yes, race walking is an Olympic sport. Here’s how it works.

Race walking is an incredible sport — it's time you understood it. Vox's Brian Resnick and Phil Edwards looked into race walking rules, race walking technique, and race walking form, and it turns out to be a fascinating Olympic sport. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more:

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Rio Replay: Men's 20km Race Walk

Wang Zhen wins gold for China in the men's 20km race walk in Rio 2016.

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Highlights of the Race Walk Competition at the London 2012 Olympics

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Since 1896, athletics has been on the programme of each edition of the Games of the Olympiad. Its presence on the Games programme has allowed its popularity to increase across the world. This popularity was also strengthened by the creation of the IAAF in 1912. Women's events appeared for the first time at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, while the men's programme was standardised as of the 1932 Games in Los Angeles. Although at the beginning women were authorised to participate in only some events, today their programme is almost identical to that of the men.

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Women's 5000m Walk Final - Athletics - Singapore 2010 Youth Games

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Watch the women's final of the 5000m walk at the 2010 YOG in Singapore: gold - Clemente (ITA), silver - Mao (CHN), bronze - Leontyeva (RUS)

How to Racewalk

An introductory lesson on the technique used in the Olympic event of racewalking. The coach does not state the rules because this has been found to inhibit skill acquisition. If the technique is learned correctly, the athlete will be within the rules.

Race Walk 101 - How-to and Learning the Basic Techniques for Racewalking - Advice from Coach Carmen

Olympic-style race walking has been an event in the modern games since 1908. The rules are simple:
1. Land with a straight knee that remains straight until the hip has passed over the supporting leg and;
2. Keep at least one leg in contact with the ground at all times.

While judges determine your ability to maintain correct form in official races that range from 1500 meters - 50,000 meters, many walkers simply enjoy this full-body exercise for an awesome low-impact cardio fitness in their neighborhood.

Coach Carmen has been race walking since 1986 and loves teaching the basics of this sport. She owns Reshod Walking Shoes, a brand that offers footwear technology for walkers of all speeds and distances. Visit for more information and be sure to subscribe for more videos like this.

Racewalking - Basics

A simple first lesson on the technique used in racewalking. The coach does not explain the rules since this tends to inhibit beginners. Instead, they teach correct form. If the technique is acquired correctly, the athletes will be within the rules during races.

50km Race Walk | World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

History was made in more ways than one in the men’s 50km race walk at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 as Saturday (28) merged into Sunday (29).

Yusuke Suzuki became the first Japanese race walker to win a world title, making a bold move in the early stages to build a lead that largely went unchallenged.

In the women's race China’s former world record-holder Liang Rui, winner at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Taicang 2018, added another gold medal to her collection by winning the title in 4:23:26.

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Race Walking vs. Power Walking

Learn the similarities and differences between the competitive sports of race walking and power walking in this in-depth comparison video.

Correcting Flaws in Racewalking Technique

How to locate and correct flaws in racewalking technique. This video has advice for both coaches and athletes and is useful at all levels of ability -- beginner, intermediate, or advanced. A system with the mnemonic LAPCraf is taught: Locate the flaw, make the athlete Aware of the flaw, Prescribe a technique change (including remedial mobility and strength exercises if needed), provide verbal and visual Cues to remind the athlete of the correction, and give RApid Feedback as the athlete learns the correction.
Many examples of common flaws are shown at full speed and in slow motion. The video illustrates several feedback methods for use as an athlete revises their technique. These include an inexpensive treadmill mounted video system, elastic bands, cell phones, and elastic tape.


Indian athletes training of Racewalk

IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Day 1 Morning se…

IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Day 1 Morning session Livestream


Pro RaceWalking at USATF Indoor Nationals!

Hey everyone! Im super happy that i put this video together so that I could share a day in the life of race day as a racewalker! enjoy!

And So it Begins - Aryll Fae

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Balkan Race Walking Championships-2020 (part 1/2)

Balkan Race Walking Championships-2020, Winter Ukrainian Race Walking Championships (part 1/2). Ivano-Frankivsk, 14/03/2020. Schedule & result (on-line) -

Coaching Race Walking - Everything That You Need to Know

Do you coach race walking? Are you beginning walker looking for information on how to get better?

This video covers everything that you need to know to develop a strong technical model in the walks. Topics include:
- The Basic Technique
- Posture
- Arm and Shoulder Action
- Leg Action
- Foot Action
- Trunk and Hip Action


Balkan Race Walking Championships-2020 (part 2/2)

Balkan Race Walking Championships-2020, Winter Ukrainian Race Walking Championships (part 2/2). Ivano-Frankivsk, 14/03/2020. Schedule & result (on-line) -

Racewalking 7:30 per Km for beginners

Tori demonstrates correct form at 7 1/2 minutes per kilometer, a good speed for entry level racewalkers to attempt.


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Speed training for racewalking

每週日:Uphill&Downhill(3x15 min@80%,rest 5 min)
每週二:Interval Training(500m,400m,300m,200m)@85%-jog back-rest 5 min between sets.

Highlights of the 20km at the European Race Walking Cup

Impressions from the men's and women's 20km at the European Race Walking Cup in Alytus



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