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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's 50 km Walk

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968
(Competitors: 36; Countries: 19)
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF  1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Having blown up in 1964, the 1967 World Cup winner Hohne was determined to rectify his Tokyo mistake. He, Paul Nihill and Gennadiy Agapov were the leaders, with Nihill holding a two second advantage at 20Km. Agapov had begun to fall back by 25Km and Nihill went in the next 5Km, both men eventually overcome by the heat and altitude. Höhne’s margin at 30Km was 1:53, by 40Km it was 4:58 and a whopping 10:03.4 by the finish, the largest margin in Olympic history. Kiss paced himself sensibly, and was able to hold off the unheralded Young, who scythed through the field in the last 20Km.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The two favorites were the defending champion, Abdon Pamich of Italy, who had also won the 1966 European Championship, and the GDR’s Christoph Höhne, who had won the Lugano Trophy race in 1965 and 1967. Pamich would not finish. Höhne led throughout most of the race, in company with Britain’s Paul Nihill until he collapsed at 44 km., overcome by heat and altitude. That left it open for Höhne who won by over 10 minutes, the largest margin of victory ever in this event. Larry Young, in third, won the first ever medal in this race for the United States.
 

Records

Prior to this event, the world and Olympic records stood as follows:

World record  Gennadiy Agapov (URS) 3:55:36 Almaty, Soviet Union October 17, 1965
Olympic record  Abdon Pamich (ITA) 4:11:12 Tokyo, Japan October 18, 1964
 
Results
50 km Walk Men Final 17 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 4-20.13.6 Christoph Höhne East Germany GDR 27
2 4-30.17.0 Antal Kiss Hungary HUN 32
3 4-31.55.4 Larry Young United States USA 25
4 4-33.09.8 Peter Selzer East Germany GDR 22
5 4-34.05.0 Stig Lindberg Sweden SWE 37
6 4-36.33.2 Vittorio Visini Italy ITA 23
7 4-37.32.2 Bryan Eley Great Britain GBR 29
8 4-37.51.4 José Pedraza Mexico MEX 31
9 4-37.57.4 Karl-Heinz Merschenz Canada CAN 31
10 4-39.13.8 Goetz Klopfer United States USA 26
11 4-39.43.2 Horst-Rüdiger Magnor West Germany FRG 26
12 4-40.13.8 Frank Clark Australia AUS 25
13 4-40.42.6 Örjan Andersson Sweden SWE 25
14 4-43.26.2 Gerhard Weidner West Germany FRG 35
15 4-44.39.2 Sergey Grigoryev Soviet Union URS 31
16 4-44.45.2 Charel Sowa Luxembourg LUX 35
17 4-47.29.6 Kazuo Saito Japan JPN 26
18 4-52.20.0 Shaun Lightman Great Britain GBR 25
19 4-52.29.0 Bob Gardiner Australia AUS 32
20 4-53.33.8 Erwin Stütz Switzerland SUI 32
21 4-57.40.2 Henri Delerue France FRA 28
22 4-58.03.8 Mieczysław Rutyna Poland POL 37
23 4-58.31.6 Felix Cappella Canada CAN 38
24 5-01.06.0 Shaul Ladany Israel ISR 32
25 5-01.30.0 Pablo Colín Mexico MEX 31
26 5-38.03.4 Dave Romansky United States USA 30
27 5-56.09.2 Ismael Hernández Mexico MEX 22
28 5-56.22.0 Ricardo Cruz El Salvador ESA 22
AC DQ Bernhard Nermerich West Germany FRG 29
AC DNF Abdon Pamich Italy ITA 35
AC DNF Burkhard Leuschke East Germany GDR 28
AC DNF Gennady Agapov Soviet Union URS 34
AC DNF Ihor Della-Rossa Soviet Union URS 29
AC DNF John Kelly Ireland IRL 38
AC DNF Paul Nihill Great Britain GBR 29
AC DNF Stefan Ingvarsson Sweden SWE 21
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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