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Men's 50 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968

Gold: GDR Christoph Höhne
Silver: HUN Antal Kiss
Bronze: USA Larry Young

Summary

The two favorites were the defending champion, Abdon Pamich of Italy, who had also won the 1966 European Championship, and the GDR’s Christoph Höhne, who had won the Lugano Trophy race in 1965 and 1967. Pamich would not finish. Höhne led throughout most of the race, in company with Britain’s Paul Nihill until he collapsed at 44 km., overcome by heat and altitude. That left it open for Höhne who won by over 10 minutes, the largest margin of victory ever in this event. Larry Young, in third, won the first ever medal in this race for the United States.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Christoph Höhne 27 East Germany GDR Gold 4-20:13.6
2 Antal Kiss 32 Hungary HUN Silver 4-30:17.0
3 Larry Young 25 United States USA Bronze 4-31:55.4
4 Peter Selzer 22 East Germany GDR 4-33:09.8
5 Stig Lindberg 37 Sweden SWE 4-34:05.0
6 Vittorio Visini 23 Italy ITA 4-36:33.2
7 Bryan Eley 29 Great Britain GBR 4-37:32.2
8 José Pedraza 31 Mexico MEX 4-37:51.4
9 Karl-Heinz Merschenz 31 Canada CAN 4-37:57.4
10 Goetz Klopfer 26 United States USA 4-39:13.8
11 Horst-Rüdiger Magnor 26 West Germany FRG 4-39:43.2
12 Frank Clark 25 Australia AUS 4-40:13.8
13 Örjan Andersson 25 Sweden SWE 4-40:42.6
14 Gerhard Weidner 35 West Germany FRG 4-43:26.2
15 Sergey Grigoryev 31 Soviet Union URS 4-44:39.2
16 Charel Sowa 35 Luxembourg LUX 4-44:45.2
17 Kazuo Saito 26 Japan JPN 4-47:29.6
18 Shaun Lightman 25 Great Britain GBR 4-52:20.0
19 Bob Gardiner 32 Australia AUS 4-52:29.0
20 Erwin Stütz 32 Switzerland SUI 4-53:33.8
21 Henri Delerue 28 France FRA 4-57:40.2
22 Mieczysław Rutyna 37 Poland POL 4-58:03.8
23 Felix Cappella 38 Canada CAN 4-58:31.6
24 Shaul Ladany 32 Israel ISR 5-01:06.0
25 Pablo Colín 31 Mexico MEX 5-01:30.0
26 Dave Romansky 30 United States USA 5-38:03.4
27 Ismael Hernández 22 Mexico MEX 5-56:09.2
28 Ricardo Cruz 22 El Salvador ESA 5-56:22.0
AC Bernhard Nermerich 29 West Germany FRG DQ
AC Abdon Pamich 35 Italy ITA DNF
AC Burkhard Leuschke 28 East Germany GDR DNF
AC Gennady Agapov 34 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Ihor Della-Rossa 29 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC John Kelly 38 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Paul Nihill 29 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Stefan Ingvarsson 21 Sweden SWE DNF