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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972

Gold: GDR Peter Frenkel
Silver: URS Volodymyr Holubnychiy
Bronze: GDR Hans-Georg Reimann

Summary

The favorites were the two Soviet medalists from 1972, Vladimir Golubnichy and Nikolay Smaga, the 1971 European Champion, and the GDR's Peter Frenkel and Hans-Georg Reimann, the Lugano Trophy champion in 1970 (and again in 1973). Frenkel and Reimann set the pace through 10 km., with Golubnichy close. Frenkel was just too strong and pulled away from both Reimann and Golubnichy. Golubnichy got away from Reimann at 18 km. and won his fourth consecutive medal in this event – two golds, one silver, and one bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Peter Frenkel 33 East Germany GDR Gold 1-26:42.4 OR
2 Volodymyr Holubnychiy 36 Soviet Union URS Silver 1-26:55.2
3 Hans-Georg Reimann 31 East Germany GDR Bronze 1-27:16.6
4 Gerhard Sperling 34 East Germany GDR 1-27:55.0
5 Mykola Smaha 34 Soviet Union URS 1-28:16.6
6 Paul Nihill 32 Great Britain GBR 1-28:44.4
7 Jan Ornoch 20 Poland POL 1-32:01.6
8 Vittorio Visini 27 Italy ITA 1-32:30.0
9 José Oliveros 24 Mexico MEX 1-32:40.6
10 Larry Young 29 United States USA 1-32:53.4
11 Jan Rolstad 22 Norway NOR 1-33:03.2
12 Pedro Aroche 26 Mexico MEX 1-33:05.0
13 Heinz Mayr 36 West Germany FRG 1-33:13.8
14 Phil Embleton 23 Great Britain GBR 1-33:22.2
15 Tom Dooley 26 United States USA 1-34:58.8
16 Wilfried Wesch 32 West Germany FRG 1-35:20.6
17 Peter Marlow 31 Great Britain GBR 1-35:38.8
18 Charel Sowa 39 Luxembourg LUX 1-36:23.8
19 Goetz Klopfer 30 United States USA 1-38:33.6
20 Hunde Toure 29 Ethiopia ETH 1-43:11.6
21 José Esteban Valle 29 Nicaragua NCA 1-45:09.4
22 Ismael Avila 22 Mexico MEX 1-45:45.4
AC Bernd Kannenberg 30 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Yevgeny Ivchenko 34 Soviet Union URS DQ