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Men's 50 kilometres Walk

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972

Gold: FRG Bernd Kannenberg
Silver: URS Veniamin Soldatenko
Bronze: USA Larry Young

Summary

The race was felt to be between 1971 European Champion Veniamin Soldatenko (URS) and West Germany’s Bernd Kannenberg, who had broken the world best earlier in the year. The two dominated the race, leading together for 35 km., when Kannenberg surged and dropped Soldatenko. By then, Soldatenko he already had a warning and had to walk more conservatively. Larry Young (USA) repeated his bronze medal from 1968. The defending champion was Christoph Höhne (GDR) who was Lugano Trophy champion in 1965, 1967, and 1970, and was European Champion in 1969 as well. But he had an off day and placed 14th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Bernd Kannenberg 30 West Germany FRG Gold 3-56:11.6 OB
2 Veniamin Soldatenko 33 Soviet Union URS Silver 3-58:24.0
3 Larry Young 29 United States USA Bronze 4-00:46.0
4 Otto Barch 28 Soviet Union URS 4-01:35.4
5 Peter Selzer 26 East Germany GDR 4-04:05.4
6 Gerhard Weidner 39 West Germany FRG 4-06:26.0
7 Vittorio Visini 27 Italy ITA 4-08:31.4
8 Gabriel Hernández 22 Mexico MEX 4-12:09.0
9 Paul Nihill 32 Great Britain GBR 4-14:09.4
10 Charel Sowa 39 Luxembourg LUX 4-14:21.2
11 Karl-Heinz Stadtmüller 19 East Germany GDR 4-14:28.8
12 Hans Tenggren 22 Sweden SWE 4-16:37.6
13 Daniel Björkgren 32 Sweden SWE 4-20:00.0
14 Christoph Höhne 31 East Germany GDR 4-20:43.8
15 Stefan Ingvarsson 25 Sweden SWE 4-21:01.0
16 Horst-Rüdiger Magnor 30 West Germany FRG 4-21:53.4
17 William Weigle 32 United States USA 4-22:52.2
18 John Warhurst 27 Great Britain GBR 4-23:21.6
19 Shaul Ladany 36 Israel ISR 4-24:38.6
20 Raúl González 20 Mexico MEX 4-26:13.4
21 Alex Oakley 46 Canada CAN 4-28:42.6
22 János Dalmati 30 Hungary HUN 4-32:23.2
23 Domenico Carpentieri 26 Italy ITA 4-33:10.6
24 Kjell Lund 28 Norway NOR 4-34:23.4
25 Howard Timms 28 Great Britain GBR 4-34:43.8
26 Antal Kiss 36 Hungary HUN 4-34:45.0
27 Steve Hayden 28 United States USA 4-36:07.2
28 Adalberto Scorza 34 Argentina ARG 4-42:41.4
29 Ole David Jensen 29 Denmark DEN 4-57:13.8
AC Abdon Pamich 38 Italy ITA DQ
AC Sergey Grigoryev 34 Soviet Union URS DQ
AC Alfred Badel 28 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Jan Ornoch 20 Poland POL DNF
AC Jean-Claude Decosse 23 France FRA DNF
AC José Oliveros 24 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Karl-Heinz Merschenz 35 Canada CAN DNF