Pan American Games race walk course found to be 3 km short

October 30, 2023

The first day of athletics was off to a rocky start at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile when the women’s 20 km race walk course was found to be three kilometres shorter than the prescribed distance.

This unexpected lack of accurate course measurement led to officials quashing the finishing times, throwing the entire event into disarray.

Confusion arose when all of the top 12 competitors finished inside the world record mark and significantly inside the Olympic 20 km race walk qualification standard of 1:29:20. Running Magazine