100-kilometer walk
Men's racewalk. Walker at right appears to be illegal in that both feet are off the ground, but an infraction is only committed when loss of contact is visible to the human eye.[1]
CategoryRacewalking event
100 km specialist Alighiero Guglielmi, carried in triumph after his third consecutive victory in the 100 km of 1948.

The 100-kilometer race walk is a racewalking event. The event is competed as a road race. Athletes must always keep in contact with the ground and the supporting leg must remain straight until the raised leg passes it. 100 kilometers is 62.14 miles.[2]


Against the wishes of the Israeli track and field authorities, because the Munich Massacre had just taken place, Israel Shaul Ladany competed and won the gold medal in the World 100 km walking title at the 1972 World Championships in Switzerland, in a time of 9:31:00.[3][4][5]

U.S. record

The United States record is 9:36:33, set by Dan Pierce in Houston, Texas, on December 2, 1987.[6][7]


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  2. ^ "Kilometers to Miles Conversion Calculator and Table – Convert Kilometers (km) to Miles". Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Shaul Ladany Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Shaul Ladany". Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Al Levine (March 1, 1973). "World will Forget Munich – not Everyone is Jewish". The Miami News. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Statistics – Records". USATF. January 17, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Men's Records". Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.