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Men's 20 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 23, 1976

Gold: MEX Daniel Bautista
Silver: GDR Hans-Georg Reimann
Bronze: GDR Peter Frenkel

Summary

Vladimir Golubnichy was back and had been European Champion in 1974. But the favorites were the three East Germans, Peter Frenkel, Hans-Georg Reimann, and Karl-Heinz Stadtmüller, 1975 Lugano Trophy champion. The GDR walkers went out as a team in the lead. But they could not drop Mexico’s Daniel Bautista. He had produced some top times early in the year but his only major international championships had been the 1975 Pan-American Games gold medal. At 17 km. Bautista put the hammer down and dropped the East German trio, eventually winning by over a minute. This was the first gold medal won by a Mexican athlete. Vladimir Golubnichy, who had won four consecutive medals in the event from 1960-72, placed seventh in his fifth Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Daniel Bautista 23 Mexico MEX Gold 1-24:40.6 OR
2 Hans-Georg Reimann 34 East Germany GDR Silver 1-25:13.8
3 Peter Frenkel 37 East Germany GDR Bronze 1-25:29.4
4 Karl-Heinz Stadtmüller 23 East Germany GDR 1-26:50.6
5 Raúl González 24 Mexico MEX 1-28:18.2
6 Armando Zambaldo 32 Italy ITA 1-28:25.2
7 Volodymyr Holubnychiy 40 Soviet Union URS 1-29:24.6
8 Vittorio Visini 31 Italy ITA 1-29:31.6
9 Gérard Lelièvre 26 France FRA 1-29:53.6
10 Roberto Buccione 24 Italy ITA 1-30:40.0
11 Brian Adams 27 Great Britain GBR 1-30:46.2
12 Ross Haywood 29 Australia AUS 1-30:59.2
13 Otto Barch 32 Soviet Union URS 1-31:12.4
14 Olly Flynn 26 Great Britain GBR 1-31:42.4
15 Viktor Semyonov 27 Soviet Union URS 1-31:59.0
16 Imre Stankovics 26 Hungary HUN 1-32:06.6
17 Jan Ornoch 24 Poland POL 1-32:19.2
18 Gerhard Weidner 43 West Germany FRG 1-32:56.8
19 Ernesto Alfaro 30 Colombia COL 1-33:13.8
20 Ron Laird 38 United States USA 1-33:27.6
21 Bogusław Duda 23 Poland POL 1-33:53.4
22 Larry Walker 33 United States USA 1-34:19.4
23 Marcel Jobin 34 Canada CAN 1-34:33.4
24 Vinko Galušić 22 Yugoslavia YUG 1-34:46.8
25 Godfried De Jonckheere 24 Belgium BEL 1-35:03.8
26 Bengt Simonsen 18 Sweden SWE 1-35:31.8
27 Santiago Fonseca 22 Honduras HON 1-36:07.0
28 Lucien Faber 24 Luxembourg LUX 1-36:21.2
29 Todd Scully 27 United States USA 1-36:37.4
30 Paul Nihill 36 Great Britain GBR 1-36:40.4
31 Rafael Vega 24 Colombia COL 1-37:27.4
32 Khoo Chong Beng 27 Malaysia MAS 1-40:16.8
33 Pat Farrelly 41 Canada CAN 1-41:36.2
34 Yoshio Morikawa 30 Japan JPN 1-42:20.6
35 Alex Oakley 50 Canada CAN 1-44:08.8
36 Hank Klein 23 United States Virgin Islands ISV 1-50:50.4
AC Bernd Kannenberg 33 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Domingo Colín 23 Mexico MEX DQ