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Olga Kaniskina of Russia sets an Olympic record of 1:26:31 in the women's 20km race walk in grueling conditions. Rain falls steadily as Kaniskina opens a large gap in the first 2km. The pace is too much for the rest of the field, and the Russian takes the gold medal. Platzer finishes in 1:27:07 and Rigaudo in 1:27:12. Athletics 20km Race Walk Women - Olympic Record (1:26:31) - Beijing 2008 - Olga Kaniskina (RUS), Kjersti Platzer (NOR), Elisa Rigaudo (ITA)