Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 20 km walk
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|Athletics at the|
2000 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The women’s walk distance was moved up to 20 kilometers in 2000. The favorite was 1999 World Champion Liu Hongyu of PR China. She led the race through 15 kilometres, but was then disqualified. The silver medalist from 1996 in the 10 km, Elisabetta Perrone (Italy) then went ahead, but also received a red flag. This left Australia’s Jane Saville in the lead, which she held to the stadium track but there, she too, was disqualified. This left Wang Liping in first place on the track and she won by a margin of almost 30 seconds.
This was the standing world record prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||1:25:18||Tatyana Gudkova||Russia||Moscow, Russia||19 May 2000|
The event had previously been contested at 10 KM, so there was no existing Olympic record
|Wang Liping, China||Kjersti Plätzer, Norway||María Vasco, Spain|
All times shown are in hours:minutes:seconds.
- DNS denotes did not start.
- DNF denotes did not finish.
- DQ denotes disqualification.
- NR denotes national record.
- AR denotes area/continental record.
- OR denotes Olympic record.
- WR denotes world record.
- PB denotes personal best.
- SB denotes season best.
- 1996 Women's Olympic 10km Walk (Atlanta)
- 1997 Women's World Championships 10km Walk (Athens)
- 1998 Women's European Championships 10km Walk (Budapest)
- 1999 Women's World Championships 20km Walk (Seville)
- 2001 Women's World Championships 20km Walk (Edmonton)
- 2002 Women's European Championships 20km Walk (Munich)
- 2003 Women's World Championships 20km Walk (Paris)
- 2004 Women's Olympic 20km Walk (Athens)