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50 kilometer Walk for men at Olympics


50 kilometer Walk for Men at Olympics: The race walking event is also known as the "speed walking". It is different from the running event in many aspects. The athletes gain great speed by using their hip and hand muscles during the event. The walkers remain much closer to the ground than the running event. The muscle and body movement during the race walks vary from the running events. Race walking needs extreme endurance power on the part of the athletes. During the race, judges are appointed for monitoring the movements of the athletes. The 50 kilometer walk for men is a sport event included in the Olympics schedule.

50 kilometer Walk for Men in Summer Olympics: The 50 kilometer walk for men was introduced to the Olympics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games. After the 1932 Olympics, men's 50 kilometer walk event has been held in every Summer Games.

Rules for 50 kilometer Walk for Men at Olympics: The International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF has set many rules for the track and field events. The rules set for the 50 kilometer walk for men are -

  • During the race walk, the athletes have to remain in contact with the ground. The forward leg has to be straight. If the knee of the forward leg is bent, the athlete is given a warning.
  • The number of judges appointed during a race walk is minimum six.
  • An athlete is warned for commencing any offence. However, the same judge cannot warn an athlete twice. The method of warning an athlete is showing a yellow paddle to him.
  • If an athlete losses contact with the ground or bends his knees, he is shown a red paddle by the judge. The red paddle is usually sent to the chief judge.
  • Any athlete receiving three red cards from three different judges is liable to disqualification from the competition.
  • An athlete competing in the 50 kilometer walk event is obliged to leave the course if asked to do so by an official medical staff.
  • An athlete found taking refreshment at places other than the specified refreshment station is liable for disqualification from the competition.
  • During the 50 kilometer walk event, an athlete can leave the course only if he is permitted to do so. The athlete has to be under strict supervision of the judge during his stay outside the course. .
  • Medal Winners in the 50 kilometer Walk for Men at Olympics: Some of the athletes who won medals in the 50 kilometer walk event are Shucai Xing, Andreas Erm, Andrey Perlov, Valeriy Spitsyn, German Skurygin, Yucheng Han, Chengliang Zhao, Yu Caohong, Robert Korzeniowski, Denis Nizhegorodov, Vyacheslav Ivanenko, Raul Gonzalez, Hartwig Gauder, Bernd Kannenberg, Christoph Hohne, Abdon Pamich, Don Thompson, Norman Read, Giuseppe Dordoni, John Ljunggren, Harold Whitlock and Thomas Green.

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