<h5>14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 - Day Two</h5>
<p>MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 11: Rhydian Cowley of Australia cools down as he competes in the Men's 20km Race Walk final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.</p>
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Rhydian Cowley

Rhydian Cowley

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 02:30 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's 20km Race Walk

1:23:30 (33rd)

Zhen Wang (CHN)
Zelin Cai (CHN)
Dane Bird-Smith (AUS)

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Athlete Biography

After being encouraged to get into Little Athletics by his dad, Rhydian Cowley started race walking when he was 8 and now 17 years on he will get the chance to represent his country at his debut Olympic Games in Rio.

Having been identified as a star of the future, he was inducted into the under 17 talent program and soon after competed at his first major international event when he raced in the 2008 World Walking Cup in Russia.

He made the Australian Team for the 2010 World Junior Championships and finished an impressive 17th. His senior World Championships debut came in 2013 where he claimed 50th.

With only the top three Australian’s qualifying for the 2015 World Championships, Cowley was the fourth fastest qualifier and missed out on competing in Beijing. Despite doing everything he could to make his second World Championships, the result made him hungrier to make his first Olympic Games.

As Rio approached, he made a strong case for Olympic selection when he set a new personal best time of 1:22.07 in February at the Oceania & Australian 20km Race Walking Championships. He went on to finish 39th in the 20km event at the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships to seal his Olympic debut.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 39th (20km walk) – 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships (Rome, Italy)
  • 17th (20km walk) - Asian Race Walking Championships (Nomi, Japan)
  • 9th (20km walk) – 2016 Oceania & Australian 20km Race Walking Championship (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 13th (20km walk) – 2015 Summer Universiade (Gwangju, Korea)
  • 57th (20km walk) – 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup (Taicang, China)

Career Highlights

  • 2013 IAAF World Championships, Moscow, Russia - First major senior team.
  • 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, Moncton, Canada - Peak competition as a Junior athlete
  • 2008 IAAF World Walking Cup, Cheboksary, Russia - First time overseas, first international competition.


  • Primary
    Rowville Primary (Vic, Aus); Syndal South Primary (Vic, Aus)
  • Secondary
    Glen Waverley Secondary College (Vic, Aus); Melbourne High School (Vic, Aus)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce, Deakin University (2009-2014


  • Coach
    Simon Baker (2015-Present), Dave Smith (2010-2015), Ken Walters (2005-2010)
  • Club
    Glenhuntly Athletics Club, Melbourne, Victoria, AUstralia
  • Institute/Academy
    Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Australia


Favourite food
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite music
Trip Hop and related genres
Dream car
Personal Motto
No matter what happens, just keep walking
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
A money tree
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Nordic Skiing
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Emil Zatopek's 5km-10km-Marathon triple gold in 1952 HelsinkiOlympics
First Olympic Memory?
Kieran Perkins 1500m Freestyle gold at 1996 Atlanta Olympics
Most Influential person in your career/life
Why this sport?
Why not?