Race Walking in History

Events in Sport

  • 1948-08-07 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson wins the gold medal in the 10k event by 30.6 seconds from team mate Ingemar Johansson at the London Olympics
  • 1952-07-27 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson makes it back-to-back gold medals in the 10k event at the Helsinki Olympics, having won the corresponding race in London in 1948

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1900-04-07 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, English race walker (Olympic bronze 50k 1952; oldest Olympic medal-winning athlete; 48 years and 115 days), born in Melton Mowbray, England (d. 1984)
  • 1913-12-06 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1931-08-13 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1944)
  • 1935-10-03 Abdon Pamich, Italian race walker (Olympic gold 50k 1964, bronze 1960), born in Fiume, Italy
  • 1936-04-02 Shaul Ladany, Israeli race walker (world record 50-mile walk 7:23:50 1972; World C'ships gold 100km walk 9:31:00 1972), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1938-07-30 Vyachselav Ivanenko, Russian race walker (Olympic gold 50k 1988), born in Kemerovo, Russia
  • 1952-08-04 Daniel Bautista, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1976; 3 x 20k WR holder), born in El Salado, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • 1957-04-06 Maurizio Damilano, Italian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1980; World C'ship gold 20k 1987, 91), born in Scarnafigi, Italy
  • 1959-08-08 Ronald Weigel, German race walker (Olympic silver 20k, 50k 1988; bronze 50k 1992; World C'ship gold 50k 1983), born in Hildburghausen, Germany
  • 1967-08-12 Andrey Plotnikov, Russian race walker
  • 1967-12-24 Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 1969-06-25 Alina Ivanova, Russian race walker (indoor 3K world record), born in Kildishevo, Yadrinsky District, Russia
  • 1974-07-01 Jefferson Pérez, Ecuadorian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1996), born in Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 1977-08-17 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
  • 1980-05-01 Inês Henriques, Portuguese race walker (World C'ships gold 50k walk 2017), born in Santarém, Portugal
  • 1980-08-18 Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker, born in Preveza, Greece
  • 1982-01-02 Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greek race walker (Olympic gold 20k 2004), born in Preveza, Greece
  • 1984-12-26 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker, born in Sterzing, Italy

Deaths in Sport

  • 1984-12-26 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, English race walker (Olympic bronze 50k 1952; oldest Olympic medal-winning athlete; 48 years and 115 days), dies at 84
  • 1987-06-16 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), dies at 73
  • 1994-05-22 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies from a heart attack at 62