Women's 50km race walk added to European Athletics Championships programme

Ines Henriques at the IAAF World Championships London 2017
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Following its successful introduction at a major championship this summer at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, the women’s 50km race walk has been added to the competition programme for the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships.

The event will take place on the opening day of the Championships, Tuesday 7 August, and the women will start with the men in the very first event of the six-day championship.

Entry standards are now available on the European Athletics website here as well as updated Competition Regulations and Timetable.

In London, Portugal’s Ines Henriques won the inaugural world 50km race walk title in a world record 4:05:56 and she has indicated her ambition next summer is to bid for a continental title in the same event in the German capital.

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More information on the 2018 European Championships:  

- The Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships will be part of the first multi-sport European Championships along with co-hosts Glasgow.   

- It will be a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates the status of European Champions, uniting existing European Championships to celebrate the highest honour in European sport and celebrating the defining moments that create Champions.  

- It is the continent’s ultimate multi-sport event, an 11-day celebration of European sport staged every four years.  

- Seven of Europe’s leading sports (athletics, aquatics, rowing, golf, cycling, gymnastics, triathlon) will be brought together for the first edition. 

- The European Athletics Championships in Berlin will be staged 7-12 August. The six other sports will be staged in Glasgow through 2-12 August. 

- 4500 athletes and 52 nations will compete across the seven sports.  

- Potential TV audience of over one billion with millions more across multiple digital platforms.  

- Over half a million spectators expected.