2018 Men’s 50K Walk World Rankings

A World Champs runner-up in ’17, Hiroki Arai moved up win the World Team title this year. (JIRO MOCHIZUKI/IMAGE OF SPORT)

AS IN THE 20, Japan had its first-ever No. 1, this time in the form of Hiroki Arai, a top-3 Ranker the last 3 years (2-3-2). Hayato Katsuki & Satoshi Maruo followed him across the line in the all-important World Team Champs, giving their nation only the second 1-2-3 sweep in Rankings history (the other was by Mexico in ’79)…

THE BEST OF the non-Japanese was Ukraine’s European Champ Maryan Zakalnytskyy, who took No. 4 over 2-time No. 1 Matej Tóth, returning to competition after sitting out ’17 after a “positive” test for which he was subsequently acquitted… Reigning No. 1 Yohann Diniz picked up a pelvic stress fracture and didn’t compete after May, with none of his early races being 50s… The U.S. hasn’t scored here since Curt Clausen was No. 4 in ’99.

JUMP TO U.S. RANKINGS VIEW WORLD TOP 50 LIST VIEW U.S. TOP 50 LIST
1. HIROKI ARAI (Japan) (5/18/88, 5-10½/134) (1.79/61)
3:44:25 1)World Team Ch 5/05
2. HAYATO KATSUKI (Japan) (11/28/90, 5-6/128) (1.68/58)
3:44:31 2)World Team Ch 5/05 1. Arai
4:03:30 1)Asian G 8/30
3. SATOSHI MARUO (Japan) (11/28/91, 5-8¾/132) (1.75/60)
3:44:52 3)World Team Ch 5/05 1. Arai; 2. Katsuki
4:14:13 4)Asian G 8/30 1. Katsuki; 2. Wang; 3. Joo
4. MARYAN ZAKALNYTSKYY (Ukraine) (8/19/94, 5-10¾/143) (1.80/65)
3:44:59 4)World Team Ch 5/05 1. Arai; 2. Katsuki; 3. Maruo
3:46:32 1)European Ch 8/07
5. MATEJ TÓTH (Slovakia) (2/10/83, 6-¾/159) (1.85/72)
3:42:46 1)Dudince 3/24
3:47:27 2)European Ch 8/07 1. Zakalnytskyy
6. QIN WANG (China) (5/8/94)
3:45:29 5)World Team Ch 5/05 1. Arai; 2. Katsuki; 3. Maruo; 4. Zakalnytskyy
4:06:48 2)Asian G 8/30 1. Katsuki
7. RAFAŁ AUGUSTYN (Poland) (5/14/84, 5-10/157) (1.78/71)
3:48:22 7)World Team Ch 5/05 1. Arai; 2. Katsuki; 3. Maruo; 4. Zakalnytskyy; 5. Q. Wang;
6. R. Wang
3:51:37 6)European Ch 8/07 1. Zakalnytskyy; 2. Toth; 3. Dziubin; 4. Haukenes; 5. Dohmann
8. DZMITRY DZIUBIN (Belarus) (7/12/90)
3:52:25 13)World Team Ch 5/05 1. Arai; 2. Katsuki; 3. Maruo; 4. Zakalnytskyy; 5. Q. Wang;
6. R. Wang; 7. Augustyn; 8. Karlstrom; 9. Rew; 10. Banzeruk;
11. Sikora; 12. Dunfee
3:47:59 3)European Ch 8/07 1. Zakalnytskyy; 2. Toth
9. HÅVARD HAUKENES (Norway) (4/22/90, 5-10¾/150) (1.80/68)
3:48:35 4)European Ch 8/07 1. Zakalnytskyy; 2. Toth; 3. Dziubin
10. RUI WANG (China) (1/06/96)
3:48:01 6)World Team Ch 5/05 1. Arai; 2. Katsuki; 3. Maruo; 4. Zakalnytskyy; 5. Q. Wang
dnf –)Asian G 8/30 1. Katsuki; 2. Wang; 3. Hyun-Myuong; 4. Maruo; 5. Hendro;…

U.S. RANKINGS
1. Nick Christie (unattached) 4. Pablo Gomez (Chicago RW)
1)USATF, dnf)World Team Ch 4)USATF
2. Matt Forgues (unattached) 5. Ian Whatley (Warriors TC)
2)USATF, 46)World Team Ch 5)USATF)
3. Anthony Gruttadauro (Shore AC) 6. Dave Talcott (Shore AC)
3)USATF, 44)World Team Ch 6)USATF

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