20 kilometer Walk for Women at Olympics: The 20 kilometer walk event is included in the race walking events in the athletics competitions. The athletes achieve great speed during the event. for this reason, the race walking events are also known as the "speed walking" events. A number of judges are appointed during the race walking competition to monitor the athletes. The race walking events require extreme stamina and conditioning on the part of the athletes.
20 kilometer Walk for Women in Summer Olympics: The 20 kilometer walk event was included in the women's athletics program at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. since its inclusion in the schedule, the event has been contested only twice in the Olympics. The 20 kilometer walk has been included in the 2012 London Olympics.
Rules for 20 kilometer Walk for Women at Olympics: There are rules set by the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF for the track and field events. The rules applicable to the 20 kilometer walk event at the international level are-
Minimum six judges should be appointed during a race walk.
During the race walk, the athletes are not permitted to lose contact with the ground. The advancing leg has to remain straight. A bending leg is considered as a violation of the IAAF rules for the event.
An athlete found to lose contact with the ground or bending her knees is shown a red card by the judge. A judge generally sends the red card to the chief judge.
An athlete is warned by the judges if she commences any offence. However, the same judge is not allowed to warn an athlete twice. Warning is given by showing a yellow paddle to the athlete.
When any athlete is shown three red cards by three different judges, she is disqualified from the competition.
During the 20 kilometer walk event, leaving the course is allowed only if a prior permission has been taken by the athlete. While out of the course, the athlete has to be under strict supervision of the judge.
Taking refreshment at places other than the specified refreshment station is a violation of rules. If found, an athlete is at once disqualified from the competition.
An athlete competing in the 20 kilometer walk event has to leave the course if ordered by an official medical staff.
Medal Winners in the 20 kilometer Walk for Women at Olympics: Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Olimpiada Ivanova, Jane Saville, Wang Liping, Kjersti Tysse Platzer, Maria Vasco, Liu Hongyu, Irina Pudovkina, Tamara Kovalenko, Irina Stankina, Olga Polyakova and Tatyana Gudkova are the athletes, who excelled in the domain of the 20 kilometer walking event.