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Ron Zinn

Full name: Ronald Lloyd "Ron" Zinn
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: May 10, 1939 in Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died: July 7, 1965 in Ho Chi Minh City, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Ron Zinn's sixth-place in the 1964 Olympic 20 km. walk was one of the top performances in walking for an American at the Olympics. Zinn also won a bronze medal in the event at the 1963 Pan American Games. From 1960-64 he won 12 AAU walk titles over various distances. Zinn was a graduate of the US Military Academy and was sent to Vietnam late in 1964. In July 1965 he was presumed killed in a firefight near Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), although for many years he was listed as MIA. The USATF annually awards the Captain Ron Zinn Memorial Award to the top racewalker of the year.

Personal Best: 20kmW – 1-32:43 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk United States USA 19
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk United States USA 6

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Standings 19 1-42:47.0
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Standings 6 1-32:43.0
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