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Abdon Pamich

Full name: Abdon Pamich
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: October 3, 1933 in Rijeka, Primorsko-goranska županija, Croatia
Affiliations: Amatori/Esso Club Genova/Esso Roma
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Abdon Pamich is considered the most successful Italian race walker of all time. Competing in the 50 km walk in five consecutive Olympics starting in 1956, Pamich won Olympic gold in 1964 and bronze in 1960. He won 50 km walk titles at the 1962 and 1966 European Championships and won the 50 km walk silver at the 1958 European Championships. At the Mediterranean Games, he won three 50 km golds (1955, 1963, 1971) and at the IAAF Race Walking World Cup he won the 50 km event in 1961, and won bronze in 1965.

Pamich also set one 50 km walk world record, when he clocked 4-03:02 in 1960. Domestically Pamich won a record 40 Italian titles – 13 in the 10,000 m track walk (1956, 1958-69), 13 in the 20 km walk (1958-69, 1971), and 14 in the 50 km (1955-69). After finishing his sporting career, Pamich, who held degrees in both psychology and sociology, worked as a psychologist with the Italian national handball team. He also worked as an athletics coach.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-28:06 (1964); 50kmW – 4-03:02 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Italy ITA 11
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Italy ITA 4
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Italy ITA 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Italy ITA 1 Gold OB
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Italy ITA AC DNF
1972 Summer 38 München Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Italy ITA AC DQ

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Italy Final Standings 11 1-36:03.6

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Italy Final Standings 4 4-39:00.0
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Italy Final Standings 3 4-27:55.4
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Italy Final Standings 1 OB 4-11:12.4
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Italy Final Standings AC DNF
1972 Summer 38 München Athletics Italy Final Standings AC DQ
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