At the age of 20, Adam Rutter walked 50km in a time of 3:52.49, seeing him become the youngest Australian male to achieve the Olympic A-standard over the distance. At Beijing 2008, Rutter was ill and was forced to withdraw from the 50km road race before completion. In 2009, Rutter placed second at the Australian 20km Road Walking Championships in Melbourne. He then launched his 2009 IAAF Race Walking Challenge campaign with a fifth place in the 20km event in Chihuahua, Mexico in a time of 1:24.24. Rutter again qualified for the Olympic Games in 2012 but had to pull out due to exhaustion in London.