<h5>Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships</h5>
<p>HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: Chris Erickson of VIC competes in the Men 20000 Meters Race Walk during the Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships on February 24, 2013 in Hobart, Australia.</p>
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Chris Erickson

Chris Erickson

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 08:00 AM 19 Aug (Rio)
Men's 50km Race Walk

3:48:40 (10th)

Matej Toth (SVK)
Jared Tallent (AUS)
Hirooki Arai (JPN)

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Athlete Biography

Chris Erickson qualified for the 50km at Rio 2016 by winning the Australian selection trial (Dec 2015, Melbourne). The 50km has always been his favourite event, however he earned selection for the 20km at the Beijing and London Olympic Games. He is aiming for selection in the 20km for Rio and aiming for top-8 in the 50km.

Erickson coaches Brendon Reading, a Rio team mate competing in the 20km Walk . They trained together in Canberra before Erickson moved to Melbourne and now they work together remotely. Erickson is coached by Brent Vallance, who previously coach Jared Tallent.

Erickson has a boy and a girl with wife Rachel. He is a dad, trains 150-160 kms p/w, coaches Reading remotely and works as a student adviser for the Deakin University Student Association.

His father Tim was a race walker and inspired his career. He was selected for the Olympics in 1976 and 1980 but never made the Games as the 50km event was cancelled in Montreal and the boycott and lack of funding ruined Moscow for him and others.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 38th (20km Walk) 2008 Beijing - DQ (20km walk)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (50km) - 2015 Australian Racewalking Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 13th (50km) - 2015 World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 32nd (20km) - 2015 World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 10th (20km) - 2015 IAAF World Series (Taicang, China)

Career Highlights

  • Representing Australia at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Placing 13th in 50km at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
  • Winning a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the 50km Walk.


  • Primary
    St Marks Primary School, Fawkner (VIC Australia)
  • Secondary
    Strathmore Secondary College (VIC, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Arts/ Business (Sports Administration and Business Management) - Victoria University (2000- 2004)


  • Coach
    Brent Vallance (2007 - current)
  • Club
    Athletics Essendon, Victoria, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
    Victoria Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Ocean Grove, Victoria


Favourite food
Mum's Shepherd Pie
Favourite holiday destination
Anywhere with a beach
Favourite music
Rock & Roll
Dream car
Lightning McQueen
Personal Motto
Keep it real!
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
$10 worth of mixed lollies
Red Hot Chili Peppers logo on my left arm, flames on both ankles, two bird tattoos on my chest, spacers in my ears
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
David Rudisha running from the front to win and break the 800m WR at London 2012
First Olympic Memory?
The archer lighting the Olympic cauldron in Barcelona in 1992
Most Influential person in your career/life
My two coaches throughout my career, my father Tim Erickson in my formative years and now Brent Vallance. Brent will be coaching an athlete at his fourth consecutive Olympic Games and is a walking encyclopedia of athletics.
Why this sport?
My father, Tim Erickson OAM, was a race walker and I grew up around the sport, watching him compete so it was no surprise that I took to the sport quickly. Tim represented Australia at the 1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games and was extremely unlucky not to go to both the 1976 and 1980 Olympics Games (in 1976 the 50km walk was dropped from the Olympics, and in 1980 he was selected to represent Australia but due to Moscow boycott and withdrawal of funding for the team he along with a number of other athletes were subsequently dropped from the team). I have used his disappointment of not making an Olympics as a motivating factor for much of career.