Race Walking

As evident from the name, race walking is a track and field event in which competitors attempt to outrace one another without running. The game requires no specialized equipment except for the shoes.

Race walking established itself as a field event in 1880. The first ever codes of race walking came from an effort to regulate rules for the famous 19th century long distance walking events known as Pedestrianism.

Race walking has been an Olympic sport since 1904. It is an Olympic athletics event with the distances of 20 km for both men and women and 50 km for men only. Race walking event distances range from 3 kilometers up to 100 km.

The two main rules ensure that the competitors do not run:

The first rule is that the back toe of the participant must not leave the ground unless the heel of the front foot touches the ground.

The second rule is that the supporting leg should straighten from the point of contact with the ground and stay like that until the body passes directly over it.

These rules are judged simply by the human eye. Speed is achieved by stepping quickly to ensure rapid turnover. This reduces the chance of feet leaving the ground.

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