This is the first Olympic race walk I have had the pleasure to witness. With the poor attendance at many venues I worried that the race walk would be poorly attended. However, the fans of race walking appear to be stronger here in Greece than the fans of many of the other events. Unlike the half empty stadiums for other events, the streets for the race walk course were lined with fans. For their reward, the fans of race walking were paid with an exciting race that was a battle to the end.