Erik Tysse

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Erik Tysse
Tysse at the 2015 European Race Walking Cup
Personal information
Born (1980-12-04) December 4, 1980 (age 41)
Country  Norway
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 20km Race Walk

Erik Tysse (born 4 December 1980 in Bergen) is a Norwegian race walker. He has competed at four editions of the World Championships in Athletics and represented Norway at the 2008 Summer Olympics and at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]

He began his international career at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics, and finishing in 17th place at his first major event – the 2002 European Athletics Championships. He finished ninth in the men's 20 km race at the 2006 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, but set a Norwegian record of 1:20:34 in the process. He was one of the top performers on the circuit in 2007 and finished second in the rankings in the IAAF World Race Walking Challenge that year. Tysse improved upon his past performance, finishing in sixth place at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, and he also improved his national mark to 1:19:11.[2]

Repeating his 2008 victory, he won the 2010 Grande Premio Internacional en Marcha Atletica meeting in Rio Maior, beating Yohann Diniz to the finish line. He stated his intent to reach the podium at the upcoming 2010 European Athletics Championships.[3]

Tysse is the younger brother of Kjersti Plätzer and is coached by her husband Stephan Plätzer. His idol is Jefferson Pérez.


On 8 July 2010 Tysse was suspended from all competitions, after findings of CERA (EPO) in his blood tests from Sesto San Giovanni in Italy.[4] Tysse has professed his innocence.[5] He received a two-year ban for doping and the sanction was confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[6] The ban ended 7 July 2012.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Norway
1998 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 63rd 20 km 1:42:02
World Junior Championships Annecy, France 26th 10,000 m 49:28.12
2000 European Race Walking Cup Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 36th 20 km 1:26:35
2001 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 41st 20 km 1:28:55
European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 12th 20 km 1:26:58
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 16th 20 km 1:25:06
World Race Walking Cup Torino, Italy 53rd 20 km 1:32:12
2003 World Championships Paris, France 19th 20 km 1:22:43
2004 World Race Walking Cup Naumburg, Germany 62nd 20 km 1:28:15
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 13th 20 km 1:22:45
2006 World Race Walking Cup La Coruña, Spain 9th 20 km 1:20:34
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 20 km 1:22:13
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 8th 20 km 1:24:10
5th 50 km 3:51:52 PB
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 21st 20 km 1:22:43
5th 50 km 3:45:08
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 20 km 1:20:38
50 km DNF
2010 World Race Walking Cup Chihuahua, México 20km DQ
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 14th 20 km 1:21:00
2013 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 6th 20 km 1:22:43
World Championships Moscow, Russia 50km DNF
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 20km DNF
European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 9th 20 km 1:22:19
2015 European Race Walking Cup Murcia, Spain 19th 20 km 1:24:34
World Championships Beijing, China 20 km DNF


  1. "Men's 20km Walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics". IOC. Retrieved 27 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 20 Kilometres Race Walk - M Final. IAAF (2008-05-10). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
  3. Fernandes, António Manuel (2010-04-11). Santos and Tysse take Rio Maior wins – IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
  4. Caught using doping, 3 gen EPO
  5. Brenne, Øyvind; Geir Arne Kippernes; Lillian Holden (20 July 2010). "Jeg har ikke gjort noe ulovlig". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 21 July 2010.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. CAS 2011/A/2353 Erik Tysse v. Norwegian Athletics Federation & International Association of Athletics Federations

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