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Bruno Junk

Full name: Bruno Junk
Other name(s): Bruno Petrovich Yunk, Бруно Петрович Юнк
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: September 27, 1929 in Valga, Valgamaa, Estonia
Died: September 22, 1995 in Tartu, Tartumaa, Estonia
Affiliations: Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS) / Dünamo Tallinn, Tallinn (EST)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Estonian Bruno Junk started race walking in 1948 and soon rose to be one of the world’s leading walkers in the 1950s. During his career, which lasted until 1959, Junk won a bronze in the 10 km walk at the 1952 Olympics and the 1956 Olympics 20 km. He also competed at the 1958 European Championships, where he was disqualified in the 20 km. Junk set a world record in the 15 km track walk in 1951 (1-08:08.0), an unratified world’s best in the 20 km road walk in 1956 (1-30:00.8) and a world’s best in the 3 km road walk in 1952 (11:51.4). Junk won four Soviet titles (1951 and 1956 in the 20 km walk, and 1952 and 1953 in the 10 km walk) and eight Estonian SSR titles (1949-50, 1956-59 in the 20 km walk; 1958 in the 10 km walk; and 1959 in the 30 km walk).

After finishing his sports career, Junk worked as an athletics coach with Dünamo Tallinn, serving as their vice-president from 1976-79. From 1964-70, Junk was vice-president of the Estonian SSR’s Athletics Federation and from 1979-87 was president of the Estonian SSR’s Athletics Federation. Junk also worked as head of the department at the Estonian SSR’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and later as head of department at the Police Board of the Republic of Estonia. He was also a co-worker with the Estonian sports magazine Kehakultuur and Estonian sports newspaper Spordileht. Since 1996 an annual memorial race walking tournament has been held in his honor in Valga.

Personal Bests\: 10kmW – 42:20.6t (1958); 20kmW – 1-28:05t (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 10 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Men's 10 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Final 3 45:41.0 45:41.05
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat One 1 QU 45:05.8

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 1-32:12.0
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