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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Men's 20 km walk

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992
(Competitors: 42; Countries: 23)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
Four seconds covered the first 16 at 5Km, but the leading pack had halved at 10Km. By the three-quarters mark, two contenders – Li Mingcai (CHN), and Robert Korzeniowski (POL) – had dropped out, while France’s Thierry Toutain was disqualified. Three men were still at the front – Plaza, LeBlanc and Valentí Massana (ESP), with veteran Damilano losing ground 11 seconds back. Plaza broke away from the other two, and Massana was disqualified on the way up the hill to Montjuic stadium – a climb of 1460m. Plaza, a local who had trained on the course with virtually nothing else in mind for six months, was well ahead of Leblanc by the time the stadium was reached. De Benedictis passed Damilano on the hill climb to take the bronze medal.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The course had a crazy finish, with the last 1,500 metres climbing almost straight up Montjuíc to Estadi Olímpic, on a hill that had been deemed too steep for the marathon. And the weather was brutal for distance walkers with temperatures starting at 70° F. (21° C.) amidst high humidity (88%), and getting progressively hotter during the race, reaching near 80° F. (26° C.) at the finish. Spain’s Daniel Plaza was the hometown favorite, living only 10 km. from the stadium. He also had extra incentive as he had been disqualified at the 1991 World Championships. By 15 km. he had taken control of the race and would eventually win by 40 seconds over Canada’s Guillaume LeBlanc.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics
World Record  Pavol Blažek (TCH) 1:18.13 September 16, 1990 West Germany Hildesheim, West Germany
Olympic Record  Jozef Pribilinec (TCH) 1:19.57 September 23, 1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
 
Results
20 km walk Men Final 31 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.21.45 Daniel Plaza Spain ESP 3 Jul 66
2 1.22.25 Guillaume Leblanc Canada CAN 14 Apr 62
3 1.23.11 Giovanni De Benedictis Italy ITA 8 Jan 68
4 1.23.39 Maurizio Damilano Italy ITA 6 Apr 57
5 1.24.06 Chen Shaoguo China CHN 20 Jan 72
6 1.25.16 Jimmy McDonald Ireland IRL 11 Apr 64
7 1.25.35 Daniel García Mexico MEX 28 Oct 71
8 1.26.08 Sándor Urbanik Hungary HUN 15 Dec 64
9 1.26.23 Héctor Moreno Colombia COL 8 Jun 63
10 1.26.38 Miguel Ángel Prieto Spain ESP 20 Sep 64
11 1.26.56 Robert Ihly Germany GER 5 May 63
12 1.27.17 Mikhail Shchennikov Russia RUS 24 Dec 67
13 1.28.25 Vladimir Andreyev Russia RUS 7 Sep 66
14 1.28.25 Tim Berrett Canada CAN 23 Jan 65
15 1.28.37 Stefan Johansson Sweden SWE 11 Apr 67
16 1.28.45 Chris Maddocks Great Britain GBR 28 Mar 57
17 1.29.23 Pavol Blazek Slovakia SVK 9 Jul 58
18 1.29.34 Walter Arena Italy ITA 30 May 64
19 1.29.38 Igor Kollár Slovakia SVK 26 Jun 65
20 1.29.55 Axel Noack Germany GER 23 Sep 61
21 1.30.12 Joel Sánchez Mexico MEX 16 Mar 74
22 1.31.39 Nick A'Hern Australia AUS 6 Jan 69
23 1.31.40 Andrew Penn Great Britain GBR 31 Mar 67
24 1.31.56 Martin Rush Great Britain GBR 25 Dec 64
25 1.32.39 Shemsu Hassen Ethiopia ETH 61
26 1.33.24 Viktoras Meškauskas Lithuania LTU 4 Nov 70
27 1.33.32 Sérgio Galdino Brazil BRA 7 May 69
28 1.33.37 Jan Zahoncik Slovakia SVK 23 Apr 63
29 1.33.51 Ernesto Canto Mexico MEX 18 Oct 59
30 1.35.12 Allen James United States USA 14 Apr 64
31 1.36.49 Andrew Jachno Australia AUS 13 Apr 62
32 1.40.11 Marcelo Palma Brazil BRA 2 Jun 66
DNF Li Mingcai China CHN 22 Aug 71
DQ Saleumphol Sopraseuth Laos LAO 5 Oct 69
DQ Valentí Massana Spain ESP 5 Jul 70
DQ Thierry Toutain France FRA 14 Feb 62
DQ Robert O'Leary Ireland IRL 19 Jun 67
DNF Robert Korzeniowski Poland POL 30 Jul 68
DQ José Urbano Portugal POR 1 Mar 66
DNF Oleg Troshin Russia RUS 1 Aug 64
DNF Ademar Kammler Brazil BRA 24 May 70
DNF Jefferson Pérez Ecuador ECU 1 Jul 74
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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