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13 Of The Most Butt-Clenching Race Walking Photos

So many close calls.
The men's 50km race walk was, um, run earlier on Friday.
The men's 50km race walk was, um, run earlier on Friday.

Ah, race walking, also known as speed walking, the Olympic event you tune into and immediately think, “Hey, I can do this!” (Hint: you can’t.)

The photos just don’t do it justice, but we thought we’d try to show some of the edge-of-your-seat moments from this beloved Olympic sport.

Take a deep breath and check out the amazing photos below of the men’s 50km walk final earlier on Friday.

In all seriousness, these athletes are super fit and can outwalk any of us. 

  • Chris Erickson of Australia competes in the men's 50km race walk at the Rio Olympics on Aug. 19, 2016.
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    Chris Erickson of Australia competes in the men's 50km race walk at the Rio Olympics on Aug. 19, 2016.
  • Narcis Stefan Mihaila of Romania competes in the 50km race walk.
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    Narcis Stefan Mihaila of Romania competes in the 50km race walk.
  • Mathieu Bilodeau of Canada competes in the 50km race walk.
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    Mathieu Bilodeau of Canada competes in the 50km race walk.
  • Jared Tallent of Australia, Robert Heffernan of Ireland and Evan Dunfee of Canada compete in the 50km race walk. Tallent won
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    Jared Tallent of Australia, Robert Heffernan of Ireland and Evan Dunfee of Canada compete in the 50km race walk. Tallent won the silver, and Dunfee took the bronze.
  • Yohann Diniz of France competes in the 50km race walk.
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    Yohann Diniz of France competes in the 50km race walk.
  • Jose Leyver Ojeda of Mexico, Teodorico Caporaso of Italy and Ivan Banzeruk of Ukraine compete in the 50km race walk.
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    Jose Leyver Ojeda of Mexico, Teodorico Caporaso of Italy and Ivan Banzeruk of Ukraine compete in the 50km race walk.
  • Matej Toth of Slovakia, the eventual gold medal winner, competes in the 50km race walk.
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    Matej Toth of Slovakia, the eventual gold medal winner, competes in the 50km race walk.
  • Brendan Boyce of Ireland competes in the 50km race walk.
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    Brendan Boyce of Ireland competes in the 50km race walk.
  • Andres Chocho of Ecuador, Robert Heffernan of Ireland, Yu Wei of China and Jared Tallent of Australia compete in the 50km rac
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    Andres Chocho of Ecuador, Robert Heffernan of Ireland, Yu Wei of China and Jared Tallent of Australia compete in the 50km race walk.
  • Rolando Saquipay of Ecuador competes in the 50km race walk.
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    Rolando Saquipay of Ecuador competes in the 50km race walk.
  • A. Jesus Garcia of Spain competes in the 50km race walk.
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    A. Jesus Garcia of Spain competes in the 50km race walk.
  • Athletes compete in the men's 50km race walk.
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    Athletes compete in the men's 50km race walk.
  • Evan Dunfee of Canada after finishing third in the men's 50km race walk.
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    Evan Dunfee of Canada after finishing third in the men's 50km race walk.
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