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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Athletics at the 1956 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: November 28, 1956

Gold: URS Leonid Spirin
Silver: URS Antanas Mikėnas
Bronze: URS Bruno Junk

Summary

Because of the difficulty judging the 10 kilometre walk, it was replaced by the longer 20 km. distance for the 1956 Olympics, and this would become one of the standard Olympic walk events. The Soviet Union walkers pulled off the only medal sweep in Olympic walking history, Leonid Spirin leading his countrymen Antanas Mikėnas and Bruno Junk across the line.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Leonid Spirin 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 1-31:27.4 OR
2 Antanas Mikėnas 32 Soviet Union URS Silver 1-32:03.0
3 Bruno Junk 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1-32:12.0
4 John Ljunggren 37 Sweden SWE 1-32:24.0
5 Stan Vickers 24 Great Britain GBR 1-32:34.2
6 Don Keane 26 Australia AUS 1-33:52.0
7 George Coleman 40 Great Britain GBR 1-34:01.8
8 Roland Hardy 30 Great Britain GBR 1-34:40.4
9 Pino Dordoni 30 Italy ITA 1-35:00.4
10 Ted Allsopp 30 Australia AUS 1-35:43.0
11 Abdon Pamich 23 Italy ITA 1-36:03.6
12 Henry Laskau 40 United States USA 1-38:46.8
13 Ronald Crawford 20 Australia AUS 1-39:35.0
14 Dumitru Paraschivescu 33 Romania ROU 1-39:57.4
15 Ion Barbu 26 Romania ROU 1-41:37.8
16 Bruce MacDonald 29 United States USA 1-43:25.6
17 James Hewson 38 United States USA 1-46:24.8
AC Alex Oakley 30 Canada CAN DQ
AC Dieter Lindner 19 Germany GER DQ
AC Josef Doležal 35 Czechoslovakia TCH DQ
AC Lars Hindmar 34 Sweden SWE DQ