15/07/2022   Oregon 2022 World Championships - 20km women.



First World Day of Oregon 2022 World Championships

20km women
Fast start on the foot of 4:21/km which sees 9 athletes in the lead. The four Chinese Liu, Qieyang, Ma and Wu, the Peruvian Garcia-Leon, the Australian Montag, Maria Perez (ESP), Gonzalez (MEX), Zdzieblo (POL) and Priyanka (IND).



At 2km they pass in 8:44 (4:23).
Kimberly Garcia and Qieyang Shenjie forces the pace and gain a few meters.
They pass to 3km in 13:03 (4:19) and to 4km in 17:22 (4:19) with an advantage over the pursuers of about 80m led by Zdzieblo and then by the others.
At 5km: the leaders in 21:42 (4:20), second place to Katarzyna Zdzieblo (21:58), followed by Ma Zhenxia (22:00), Jemima Montag, Liu Hong, Wu Quanming, Alegna Gonzalez and Maria Perez in 22:04.
At 6km: the leaders in 26:02 (4:20)
At 7km: the leaders in 30:22 (4:20) second place to Katarzyna Zdzieblo (30:41), followed by Ma Zhenxia (30:47), Alegna Gonzalez (30:53), Liu Hong (30:57), Maria Perez (30:57) who suffers 3 red cards and is stopped in the penalty area.
At 8km: 34:46 (4:24) the two leaders, follow Zdzieblo (35:06), Alegna Gonzalez (35:13), Ma Zhenxia (35:14), Jemima Montag and Liu Hoing (35:21) Ai 7km: lAi 9km: At 9km the leaders in 39:09 (4:20)
Halfway through the race: Qieyang and Garcia-Leon in 43:31 (4:22)
Katarzyna Zdzieblo (43:51), Alegna Gonzalez (44:04), Ma Zhenxia (44:05), Jemima Montag (44:14) Hanna Shevchuk (UKR) in 44:17 and then Liu Hong (44:24).

At 11km the leaders pass in 47:52 (4:21). At 12km they pass in 52:14 (4:22). Liu Hong goes back to seventh position.
At 13km the leaders pass in 56:37 (4:25) and at 14km in 1:00:59 (4:22)
Stretch Garcia-Leon and gain about ten meters.
At 15km: Garcia Leon (1:05:19 - 4:20), Qieyang (1:05:21 - 4:22) follow the others with Liu Hong climbing up to 5th position.
At 16km: Garcia-Leon in the lead 1:09:43 with 6 seconds ahead of Qieyang Shenjie. Zdzieblo follows in 1:10:05, then Montag, Nanako Fujii and Liu Hong. She recovers a lot Valentina Trapletti who is now in ninth position.
At 17km: Garcia-Leon (1: 14.03) Qieyang (1:14:21) Zdzieblo (1:14:26).
At 18km Garcia-Leon (1:18:25) now had a good lead of 18 seconds over the Chinese, who, however, was suffering and had been overtaken and overtaken by the Zdzieblo.
At 19km the Peruvian passes in 1:22:45 and prepares to make her last lap: that of glory.
Victory to Kimberly Garcia-Leon (PER) in 1:26:59 (national record of Peru) and second seasonal world performance.
Second place to Katarzyna Zdzieblo (POL) in 1:27:31 (national record of Poland) and fifth seasonal world performance.
Third place in Qieyang Shenjie (CHN) in 1:27:56
Fourth place in Jemima Montag (AUS) in 1:28:17
Fifth place to Liu Hong (CHN) in 1:29:00
Sixth place to Nanako Fujii (JPN) in 1:29:01
Seventh place to Alegna Gonzalez (MEX) in 1: 129: 40
Eighth place to Valentina Trapletti (ITA) in 1:29:54
The updated list of the top 10 world performances



  Mark Competitor Nat Venue Date
1:26:42 Elvira CHEPAREVA RUSRUS Sochi (RUS) 31 JAN 2022
1:26:58 Kimberly GARCÍA LEÓN PERPER Eugene, OR (USA) 15 JUL 2022
1:27:14 Jiayu YANG CHNCHN Nanjing (CHN) 22 JAN 2022
1:27:27 Jemima MONTAG AUSAUS Adelaide (AUS) 13 FEB 2022
1:27:31 Katarzyna ZDZIEBŁO POLPOL Eugene, OR (USA) 15 JUL 2022
1:27:35 Reykhan KAGRAMANOVA RUSRUS Cheboksary (RUS) 21 MAY 2022
1:27:40 María PÉREZ ESPESP Pamplona (ESP) 13 FEB 2022
1:27:47 Klavdiya AFANASYEVA RUSRUS Sochi (RUS) 31 JAN 2022
1:27:50 Shijie QIEYANG CHNCHN La Coruña (ESP) 28 MAY 2022
10  1:28:03 Zhenxia MA CHNCHN Nanjing (CHN) 22 JAN 2022











From World Athletics web site by Jon Mulkeen


The women’s world 20km race walk title has been the domain of Chinese athletes for more than 10 years, but Kimberly Garcia ended that streak at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.


What made the 28-year-old’s performance all the more notable is that it was the first medal for Peru in World Championships history – and a golden one at that.

She timed her race to perfection, making a relatively early but conservative break alongside China’s Qieyang Shijie just before the three-kilometre mark. They passed 5km in 21:42, 14 seconds ahead of Poland’s Katarzyna Zdzieblo while a chase pack containing China’s Ma Zhenxia, Australia’s Jemima Montag and defending champion Liu Hong was a few strides further behind.

Qieyang and Garcia continued to race side by side for another eight laps of the one-kilometre loop, passing through 10km in 43:31. They reached 14km just inside 1:01:00 and Garcia then started to ease ahead of the 2012 Olympic champion, maintaining her 4:20 laps. By the time she reached 17km, Garcia had a comfortable 18-second lead over her Chinese rival, who by now was starting to struggle.

Over the course of the next lap, Garcia continued to pull away and Zdzieblo overtook Qieyang. Further behind, Montag maintained her fourth-placed position, unable to make a dent on the lead trio while also staying a healthy distance ahead of Liu.


Garcia saved her fastest kilometre for the final circuit, cruising around in 4:13 to cross the line in 1:26:58, smashing her own national record by one minute and 40 seconds. Zdzieblo was also rewarded with a national record, clocking 1:27:31 to take silver. 11 years after her first global podium finish, Qieyang earned a medal of the same hue as she held on to take bronze in 1:27:56 ahead of Montag (1:28:17) and Liu (1:29:00).


“I have worked hard, hoping to achieve a good placing,” said Garcia. “It's not been easy but I am a fighter. I stayed focused on my goal to achieve a medal. I thought of that during the entire race and things worked out.

“At the 15km mark, my coach instructed me to up the pace,” she added. “I told myself it would be now or never. I gave my all in the last kilometre to break my national record.”

Ever since winning the South American title back in 2014 at the age of 20, Garcia has been one of the world’s leading race walkers. She was 14th at the 2016 Rio Olympics and seventh at the 2017 World Championships before taking Pan-American silver in 2019. She rebounded from a DNF at last year’s Olympic Games to finish third at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Muscat 22 earlier this year – her first podium finish at a global competition.


Following her performance in Muscat, she won at the World Race Walking Tour Gold meet in Rio Maior and then finished second to Qieyang in La Coruna, clocking 1:28:38 – the national record which Garcia went on to smash in Oregon when achieving her historic gold.

“I have dreamed of this medal since I was little,” said Garcia. “I want to dedicate it to all Peruvians; they will be very proud. This is our country’s first medal at the World Championships and I hope it won't be the last one.”



Jon Mulkeen for World Athletics