World Athletics Challenge - Race Walking


The World Athletics Challenge - Race Walking (formerly IAAF Race Walking Challenge) is a racewalking series organised by World Athletics. Athletes accumulate points in specific race walk meetings during the season. Performances in 10 kilometres race walk, 20 kilometres race walk and 50 kilometres race walk count towards athlete's final scores. Since 2011, racewalking performances at the World Athletics Championships and Olympic Games count towards the series. Women have competed in the 50 km distance since 2018.[1]

World Athletics Challenge - Race Walking
SportRacewalking
Founded2003
Official websiteRace Walking
Liu Hong, the series' most successful athlete, racing at the 2013 World Championships

The series started as a global tour of elite-level, independently-held racewalking meetings. From 2007 to 2012, the series culminated in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final. The inclusion of the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in 2008 marked a move to incorporate international championships into the series.[2] The World Cup returned to the tour in 2010, which was also the first time that the Australian Race Walking Championships was added to the calendar.[3] The 2011 World Championships in Athletics was the first time that performances at a major global athletics championship were included in the series,[4] and this was followed by 2012 Summer Olympics a year later.[5] The series was remodelled in 2013, as the Challenge Final was abolished and instead all the global and continental racewalking competitions were included: the Oceania Race Walking Championships, the Asian Race Walking Championships, the European Race Walking Cup, the African Race Walking Championships, South American Race Walking Championships and the Pan American Race Walking Cup.[6] The 2014 series included the African Championships in Athletics and European Athletics Championships for the first time.[7]

The highest points score achieved in a single series is 48, which was achieved by Norway's Kjersti Plätzer in 2009 and was matched by China's Wang Zhen in 2012. Chinese female walker Liu Hong is the most successful athlete of the series, being the only person to win the series on three occasions. Australian Jared Tallent is the most successful man, with two men's titles and runner-up on two occasions.

Editions


Edition Year Start date End date Meets Ref.
120038 March7 June4[8]
2200420 March20 June5[9]
3200519 March4 June5[10]
4200625 March1 May4[11]
5200710 March29 September7[12]
620088 March21 September8[2]
720098 March19 September10[13]
8201013 February18 September11[3]
9201119 February17 September10[4]
10201225 February14 September12[5]
11201323 February13 August14[6]
1220142 February14 August12[7]
13201522 February28 August10[14]
14201621 February19 August11[15]
15201719 February13 August10[16]
16201811 February24 September10[17]
1720191 December 201822 October12[18]
182020[19]

Meetings


#MeetingCityCountry 200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
1 Grand Prix Internacional de Marcha Tijuana Tijuana Mexico XXX
2 Grande Prémio Internacional de Rio Maior em Marcha Atlética Rio Maior Portugal XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
3 Gran Premio Cantones de La Coruña A Coruña Spain XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
4 Coppa Città di Sesto San Giovanni Sesto San Giovanni Italy XXXXXXXXXXX
5 Kunshan IAAF Race Walking Challenge Kunshan China X
6 Cixi IAAF Race Walking Challenge Cixi China X
7 Yangzhou IAAF Race Walking Challenge Yangzhou China X
8 Tlalnepantla de Baz IAAF Race Walking Challenge Tlalnepantla de Baz Mexico X
9 Naucalpan IAAF Race Walking Challenge Naucalpan Mexico X
10 Shenzhen IAAF Race Walking Challenge Shenzhen China X
11 Na Rynek Marsz! Kraków Poland XXXX
12 IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final Various Various XXXXXX
13 Circuito Internacional de Marcha Chihuahua Chihuahua City Mexico XXXXXXXXX
14 Beijing IAAF Race Walking Challenge Beijing China X
15 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Various Various XXXXXX
16 Memorial Mario Albisetti Lugano Switzerland XXXXXX
17 Marxa Santa Eulalia Santa Eulària des Riu Spain X
18 Wuxi IAAF Race Walking Challenge Wuxi China X
19 Dublin Grand Prix of Race Walking Dublin Ireland XXX
20 Australian Race Walking Championships/
Oceania Race Walking Championships
Various Australia XXXXXXXXXX
21 Meeting de Marcha Atlética da Cidade de Olhão Olhão Portugal X
22 Dudinská Päťdesiatka Dudince Slovakia XXXXXX
23 Alytus Race Walking festival Alytus Lithuania XX††
24 Taicang IAAF Race Walking Challenge Taicang China XXXXXXX
25 World Championships Various Various XXXXX
26 Olympic Games Various Various XX
27 Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi Japan XXXXXXX
28 Poděbrady Race Walking Poděbrady Czech Republic XX
29 African Race Walking Championships Belle Vue Harel Mauritius X
30 European Race Walking Cup Various Various XXXX
31 Pan American Race Walking Cup Various Various XXXX
32 South American Race Walking Championships Various Various XXX
33 African Championships in Athletics Various Various XXX
34 European Athletics Championships Various Various XX
35 Memorial Jerzy Hausleber Monterrey Mexico XX
36 Around Taihu International Race Walking Suzhou China XX
  • The IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships was known as the IAAF World Race Walking Cup until 2016
  • † = Meeting hosted IAAF World Cup/Team Championships
  • ‡ = Meeting hosted Challenge Final
  • †† = Meeting hosted the European Race Walking Cup
  • The 2016 and 2017 Chihuahua meeting was held in Ciudad Juárez
  • The 2019 series featured three Oceania championship events: the 50 km, the 20 km and the 10,000 m walks[18]

Results


Men

Robert Korzeniowski of Poland won the first two men's titles
Australia's Jared Tallent is a two-time winner
Year Gold Silver Bronze
2003 (details) Robert Korzeniowski
 Poland
33 Paquillo Fernández
 Spain
28 Aigars Fadejevs
 Latvia
27
2004 (details) Robert Korzeniowski
 Poland
28 Jefferson Pérez
 Ecuador
27 Ivano Brugnetti
 Italy
23
2005 (details) Paquillo Fernández
 Spain
30 Nathan Deakes
 Australia
29 Juan Manuel Molina
 Spain
19
2006 (details) Paquillo Fernández
 Spain
28 Ilya Markov
 Russia
28 Hatem Ghoula
 Tunisia
20
2007 (details) Luke Adams
 Australia
36 Erik Tysse
 Norway
33 Paquillo Fernández
 Spain
32
2008 (details) Jared Tallent
 Australia
46 Jefferson Pérez
 Ecuador
40 Eder Sánchez
 Mexico
38
2009 (details)[20] Eder Sánchez
 Mexico
44 Hao Wang
 China
42 Luke Adams
 Australia
22
2010 (details) Chu Yafei
 China
40 Matej Tóth
 Slovakia
30 Wang Hao
 China
28
2011 (details) Valeriy Borchin
 Russia
44 Wang Zhen
 China
30 Chu Yafei
 China
17
2012 (details) Wang Zhen
 China
48 Jared Tallent
 Australia
40 Chen Ding
 China
38
2013 (details) Jared Tallent
 Australia
34 Joao Vieira
 Portugal
28 Matej Tóth
 Slovakia
26
2014 (details) Ruslan Dmytrenko
 Ukraine
29 Jared Tallent
 Australia
23 Caio Bonfim
 Brazil
18
2015 (details) Matej Tóth
 Slovakia
29 Miguel Ángel López
 Spain
25 Chen Ding
 China
24
2016 (details) Wang Zhen
 China
36 Jared Tallent
 Australia
27 Andrés Chocho
 Ecuador
26
2017 (details) Éider Arévalo
 Colombia
36 Caio Bonfim
 Brazil
Andrés Chocho
 Ecuador
25 Not awarded
2018 (details) Diego García
 Spain
Lebogang Shange
 South Africa
27 Not awarded Andrés Chocho
 Ecuador
25

Women

Claudia Ștef had minor placings before winning the 2006 series
Year Gold Silver Bronze
2003 (details) Gillian O'Sullivan
 Ireland
29 Kjersti Plätzer
 Norway
24 Elisabetta Perrone
 Italy
22
2004 (details) Elisa Rigaudo
 Italy
30 Claudia Ștef
 Romania
26 María Vasco
 Spain
24
2005 (details) Ryta Turava
 Belarus
29 Susana Feitor
 Portugal
24 Claudia Ștef
 Romania
22
2006 (details) Claudia Ștef
 Romania
28 Ryta Turava
 Belarus
20 Jane Saville
 Australia
18
2007 (details) Ryta Turava
 Belarus
40 Kjersti Plätzer
 Norway
37 Sabine Zimmer
 Germany
27
2008 (details) Kjersti Plätzer
 Norway
44 Athanasia Tsoumeleka
 Greece
38 Claudia Ștef
 Romania
26
2009 (details)[20] Kjersti Plätzer
 Norway
48 Olive Loughnane
 Ireland
26 Elisa Rigaudo
 Italy
28
2010 (details) Vera Santos
 Portugal
40 Melanie Seeger
 Germany
30 Inês Henriques
 Portugal
25
2011 (details) Olga Kaniskina
 Russia
44 Liu Hong
 China
34 Melanie Seeger
 Germany
10
2012 (details) Liu Hong
 China
36 Beatriz Pascual
 Spain
32 Lü Xiuzhi
 China
30
2013 (details) Elena Lashmanova
 Russia
38 Inês Henriques
 Portugal
34 Ana Cabecinha
 Portugal
23
2014 (details) Liu Hong
 China
34 Eleonora Giorgi
 Italy
23 Ana Cabecinha
 Portugal
22
2015 (details) Liu Hong
 China
40 Eleonora Giorgi
 Italy
27 Érica de Sena
 Brazil
25
2016 (details) Maria Guadalupe González
 Mexico
Qieyang Shenjie
 China
34 Not awarded Eleonora Giorgi
 Italy
32
2017 (details) Érica de Sena
 Brazil
34 Maria Guadalupe González
 Mexico
28 Inês Henriques
 Portugal
24
2018 (details) Qieyang Shenjie
 China
34 Érica de Sena
 Brazil
23 Inês Henriques
 Portugal
22

See also


References


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  2. 2008 IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  3. 2010 IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
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  19. 2020 IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  20. Plätzer and Sanchez receive US$30,000 each – IAAF Race Walking Challenge 2009. IAAF (2009-09-22). Retrieved on 2009-10-01.