With the women's 50km finally gaining international status as of
August 2015, national and area championships are now being held,
records have been instituted and major championship meets are including
Thanks to Paul DeMeester for his ongoing efforts in capturing yearly ranking lists for both male and female 50km walks
Thanks to Emmanuel Tardi for his women's 50km French All-Time listing
The current 50km world records, as per https://www.worldathletics.org/records/by-category/world-records,
WORLD 50,000m Track Walk 3:35:27.2 Yohann DINIZ 01 JAN 1978 FRA Reims 12 MAR 2011
WORLD 50km Road Walk 3:32:33 Yohann DINIZ 01 JAN 1978 FRA Zürich 15 AUG 2014
WORLD 50 Km Road Walk 4:04:36 Rui LIANG 18 JUN 1994 CHN Taicang 05 MAY 2018
The Area Records are also freely available. For instance, see the Oceania record at https://www.worldathletics.org/records/by-category/oceanian-records. As of Sept 2018, the various area records read as follows
AFRICA 50,000m Track Walk 4:21:44.5 Abdelouaheb FERGUČNE 18 NOV 1958 ALG Toulouse 25 MAR 1984
AFRICA 50km Road Walk 3:54:12 Marc MUNDELL 07 JUL 1983 RSA Melbourne 13 DEC 2015
AFRICA 50km Road Walk 4:48:00 Natalie LE ROUX 10 JUN 1982 RSA Taicang 05 MAY 2018
ASIA 50,000m Track Walk 3:48:13.7 Yongsheng ZHAO 16 APR 1970 CHN Bergen 07 MAY 1994
ASIA 50km Road Walk 3:36:06 Chaohong YU 03 NOV 1975 CHN Nanjing 22 OCT 2005
ASIA 50km Road Walk 4:04:36 Rui LIANG 18 JUN 1994 CHN Taicang 05 MAY 2018
EUROPE 50,000m Track Walk 3:35:27.2 Yohann DINIZ 01 JAN 1978 FRA Reims 12 MAR 2011
EUROPE 50km Road Walk 3:32:33 Yohann DINIZ 01 JAN 1978 FRA Zürich 15 AUG 2014
EUROPE 50km Road Walk 4:05:56 Inęs HENRIQUES 01 MAY 1980 POR London 13 AUG 2017
NCA&C 50,000m Track Walk 3:41:38.4 Raul GONZÁLEZ 29 FEB 1952 MEX Bergen 25 MAY 1979
NCA&C 50km Road Walk 3:41:09 Érick Bernabé BARRONDO 14 JUN 1991 GUA Dudince 23 MAR 2013
NCA&C 50km Road Walk 4:15:42 Mayra Carolina HERRERA 20 DEC 1988 GUA Owego, NY 09 SEP 2017
OCEANIA 50,000m Track Walk 3:43:50.0 Simon BAKER 6 FEB 1958 AUS Melbourne 09 SEP 1990
OCEANIA 50km Road Walk 3:35:47 Nathan DEAKES 17 AUG 1977 AUS Geelong 02 DEC 2006
OCEANIA 50km Road Walk 4:09:33 Claire TALLENT 06 JUL 1981 AUS Taicang 05 MAY 2018
STH AMERICA 50,000m Track Walk 3:57:58.0 Cláudio DOS SANTOS 16 OCT 1977 BRA Blumenau 20 SEP 2008
STH AMERICA 50km Road Walk 3:42:57 Andrés CHOCHO 04 NOV 1983 ECU Ciudad Juárez 06 MAR 2016
STH AMERICA 50km Road Walk 4:12:56 Paola Viviana PÉREZ 21 DEC 1989 ECU Taicang 05 MAY 2018
The World Masters have now added the women's 50km to their list of records.
To see the latest WMA men's and women's listings, check out https://world-masters-athletics.com/championships/non-stadia/
As of September 2018, the WMA record lists read as follows
50km Race Walk Men
M35 3:32:33 Yohann Diniz FRA 36 15/08/14 Zurich, SWI
M40 3:49:06 José Marin ESP 40 29/03/92 Badalona, ESP
M45 3:46:43 Jesús Garcia ESP 45 15/08/15 Beijing, CHN
M50 4:14:37 Gerhard Weidner GER 50 28/08/83 Letter, GER
M55 4:23:34 Granziano Morotti ITA 55 11/02/07 Rosignano Solvay, ITA
M60 4:23:16 Andrew Jamieson AUS 62 14/12/08 Melbourne, AUS
M65 5:11:22 Leon Jasionowski USA 65 07/02/10 Surprise, USA
M70 5:15:40 Arthur Thomson GBR 71 17/06/07 Dublin, IRL
M75 5:19:34 James Grimwade GBR 75 01/08/87 Brighton, GBR
M80 6:41:31 Bauke te Nijenhuis NED 80 14/05/16 Schiedam, NED
M85 8:12:30 Koos Van Rijn NED 86 07/06/14 Schiedam, NED
50km Race Walk
W35 4:29:33 Erin Taylor-Talcott USA 38 28/01/17 Santee, USA
W40 4:42:34 Susan Randall USA 40 14/12/14 Santee, USA
W45 4:56:27 Sandra Brown GBR 45 13/09/94 Basildon, GBR
W50 5:10:52 Teresa Vail USA 54 28/01/17 Santee, USA
W55 5:45:08 Elizabeth Feldman AUS 56 24/10/04 Albert Park, AUS
W60 5:29:04 Sandra Brown GBR 64 27/07/13 Coventry, GBR
W65 6:26:44 Darlene Backlund USA 65 12/09/10 Ocean Twnsp, USA
W70 6:50:24 Darlene Backlund USA 71 28/01/17 Santee, USA
Other links of interest are
Male Masters 50km roadwalk ranking lists for all age groups from M35 to M75. Very comprehensive!
Alas, nothing in place for women yet but hopefully that will change as the women's 50km gains traction internationally.
British Age Group records, including 50km road for both men and women.
Australian Masters 50km Best On Record peformances for each age group, male and female.
European Athletics all-time lists, yearly ranking lists and records for all events, including men's and women's 50km roadwalk
World Athletics Rankings website
2018 World Athletics Ranking - 50km Men
2018 World Athletics Ranking - 50km Women
How the World Athletics Scoring System works for racewalking
List of Qualifying Race Walk Competitions in 2019/2020
See download link at the bottom of website page https://www.worldathletics.org/records/certified-roadevents
And what better way to celebrate the 50km walk than with a poem.
This beauty was wrttten by Ernie Sharp and published in the Ontario
Track Monthly of November 1967 (thanks to Glennis McPherson for passing
THE 50 KILO WALK
The walker’s life is one of strife
His fate is filled with woe
He must not bound and leave the ground
He has to heel and toe.
The leg’s thrust back is quite a knack
The judges wish to see
At rapid pace he snaps it straight
And locks well back the knee.
You’ll hear of pain – of stress and strain
When athletes chance to meet
Of marathons by hardy sons
In blazing humid heat.
But here’s a race that’s hard to face
Of which I’d like to talk
A lengthy grind that Hell designed
The 50 Kilo walk.
‘Neath leaden skies to earn a prize
We strode off on our way
With heavy clouds like gloomy shrouds
Surrounding us all day.
Again we heard the warning word
Before they let us go
“Walk fairly please and lock your knees
You have to heel and toe”.
My hopes were high. The miles went by
The leaders flew ahead
Then thunder rolled, my heart went cold
My optimism fled.
The pace was fast, I hoped I’d last
I fought a western breeze
And heeled and toed along the road.
With care I locked my knees.
The gloomy shrouds of blackened clouds
Released their heavy load.
With might and main, through driving rain
Determinedly I strode
And splashed with force along the course
So wet, I seemed to freeze
While judges spy with eagle eye
To see I locked my knees.
As spirits dropped, the downpour stopped
My hopes rose as before
The gloom was gone. I pounded on
But fate had more in store
For down came hail as sharp as nail
That stung like angry bees
But no-one cared, for judges stared
To see I locked my knees.
My strength was low, my legs were slow
I drove them on and on
Through wind and rain, through stabbing pain
Until my strength was gone.
The finish came, completely lame
I felt my muscles seize.
A judge’s word I faintly heard
“Good man! You locked your knees.”
Let me know of any further links of interest to the 50km walk community.