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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 15, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964

Gold: GBR Ken Matthews
Silver: GER Dieter Lindner
Bronze: URS Volodymyr Holubnychiy

Summary

Ken Matthews was the heavy favorite, having won the 1962 European Championships and the 1961 and 1963 Lugano Trophy 20 km. walk. Matthews went to the lead immediately and was never caught, although several walkers tried. The GDR’s Dieter Lindner was only 100 metres back at the halfway point, but would lose ground and finish almost two minutes down as the silver medalist. Gold medalist from 1960, Vladimir Golubnichy, won the bronze medal, his second of four consecutive medals in the event. The sixth-place finisher, Ron Zinn, was the highest placed American ever in this event to this date. An Army Lieutenant, he would be killed fighting in the Vietnam War less than nine months after the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ken Matthews 30 Great Britain GBR Gold 1-29:34.0 OR
2 Dieter Lindner 27 Germany GER Silver 1-31:13.2
3 Volodymyr Holubnychiy 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1-31:59.4
4 Noel Freeman 25 Australia AUS 1-32:06.8
5 Gennady Solodov 30 Soviet Union URS 1-32:33.0
6 Ron Zinn 25 United States USA 1-32:43.0
7 Boris Khrolovich 28 Soviet Union URS 1-32:45.4
8 John Edgington 28 Great Britain GBR 1-32:46.0
9 Gerhard Sperling 26 Germany GER 1-33:15.8
10 John Paddick 21 Great Britain GBR 1-33:28.4
11 Alexandr Bílek 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-33:45.0
12 Hans-Georg Reimann 23 Germany GER 1-34:51.0
13 Henri Delerue 24 France FRA 1-34:58
14 Tommy Kristensen 24 Denmark DEN 1-35:30
15 István Göri 26 Hungary HUN 1-35:38
16 Charel Sowa 31 Luxembourg LUX 1-36:16
17 Jack Mortland 29 United States USA 1-36:35
18 Åke Söderlund 39 Sweden SWE 1-36:53
19 John Ljunggren 45 Sweden SWE 1-37:03
20 Roine Karlsson 20 Sweden SWE 1-37:07
21 Antal Kiss 28 Hungary HUN 1-38:27
22 Ronald Crawford 28 Australia AUS 1-38:47
23 Noboru Ishiguro 32 Japan JPN 1-39:40
24 Chedli El-Marghni 25 Tunisia TUN 1-41:11
25 Kiue Kuribayashi 30 Japan JPN 1-43:07
26 Mieczysław Rutyna 33 Poland POL 1-48:41
AC Ron Laird 26 United States USA DQ
AC Yasuo Naito 21 Japan JPN DQ
AC Alex Oakley 38 Canada CAN DNF
AC Bob Gardiner 28 Australia AUS DNF