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    Race Walking, competitive sport included in the track-and-field events of the Olympic Games and other major international competitions. The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) defines the movement of race walking as performed so that at least one foot is touching the ground at all times, as well as that during each step in which a foot is on the ground, air jordan 12 for sale, that leg must be straightened—that is, not bent at the knee for at least one moment.

    Races are held on tracks and roads. Standard distances are 3 kilometers, 5 kilometers, 10 kilometers, 20 kilometers, 25 kilometers, 30 kilometers, 50 kilometers, and 100 kilometers. The 50-kilometer walk is the longest race in the Olympic Games. Only times achieved in races held on indoor tracks are eligible for consideration as world record times. All Olympic race walking events are held outdoors on roads and so are not considered for world records.

    In the Olympic Games there are 20-kilometer and 50-kilometer race walking events for men and a 10-kilometer event for women. Air Jordan 10 University Blue Custom 131214-100. In the World Indoor Championships the distances are 5000 meters for men and 3000 meters for women. The most prestigious event in Europe is the Lugano Trophy, inaugurated in 1961 and held every two years in Lugano, Switzerland. This event has been called the IAAF World Racing Cup since 1977.

    Race walking developed principally in England in the 18th century and was originally called pedestrianism. It was soon very popular and accompanied by betting on the walkers. It became even more popular during the early 19th century and interest spread to other parts of Europe, especially Italy, France, and Germany. Later in the 19th century, race walking was taken up in Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Mexico, and the United States. Race walking was first included in the Olympic Games in 1908, the European Games in 1934, and in the Commonwealth Games in 1966.

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