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World's Fastest Marathon and 50K Walkers


Updated August 14, 2012

Who is the fastest marathon walker in the world? That is subject to some interpolation because the longest official racewalks are 50 kilometers, which exceeds the standard 42 kilometer marathon distance. There are several impressive times which give runners a good chase.

Carlos Mercenario Cabajal
Mercenario's 1997 marathon time was 3:21:54. His personal best at 50K is his 1991 mark of 3:42:03

Denis Nizhegorodov
This Russian walker set the 50 kilometer road race walk record 3:34:14, in Cheboksary on May 11, 2008.

Sergey Kirdyapkin
This Russian set a new Olympic Record for the 50 kilometer race walk on August 11, 2012 at the London Olympic Games with a time of 3:35:59.

Alex Schazer
This Italian set the previous 50 kilometer race walk Olympic Record in Beijing, 2008 with a time of 3:37:09. Unfortunately, he withdrew in the middle of the 2012 Olympic Games as he tested positive for the banned doping agent erythropoetin (EPO). He admitted to the doping in hopes of retaining his top position.

Andrei Perlov
Andrei's 50 kilometer time of 3:37:41 in 1989 is his personal best, beating his 1991 Olympic gold finish in the 50K. Even more impressive is that this is a road race time, not a track time. That means he walked through the marathon in under 3:05.

Thierry Toutain
Set a mark of 3:40:57 in a world record 50 kilometer track time in September 1996. Assuming steady pace, he went through the marathon (42.195 km) in 3:06:28.

Ann Jannson
Finished in 3:38 at the NYC marathon one of the years she competed in that event.

Curt Clausen
The US record for the 50 km Race Walk was set by Curt on May 2, 1999 in Deauville-Mézidon, France. He walked it in 3:48:04.

Susan Armenta
The fastest US woman set the record of 4:39:39 for the 50 kilometer race walk in Chula Vista, California on Feb. 17, 2002.


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