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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 1984

Gold: MEX Ernesto Canto
Silver: MEX Raúl González
Bronze: ITA Maurizio Damilano

Summary

The race began with five laps of the Coliseum track and the racers then walked seven laps of a 2.5 km circuit on Exposition Boulevard, before finishing with 1½ laps on the track. The favorites were Ernesto Canto (MEX), the 1983 World Champion, and 1982 European Champion José Marín (ESP). Defending champion Maurizio Damilano was back and he forced the pace, leading thru 15 km., with Marin unable to stay with the leaders. As they neared the tunnel entrance the medals were pretty much decided with Canto leading his teammate, Raúl González, by 30 metres, Damilano another 25 metres back, and it remained that way to the finish. The Mexicans enjoyed somewhat of a hometown advantage because of the large Mexican population in Los Angeles that cheered them throughout the race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ernesto Canto 24 Mexico MEX Gold 1-23:13 OR
2 Raúl González 32 Mexico MEX Silver 1-23:20
3 Maurizio Damilano 27 Italy ITA Bronze 1-23:26
4 Guillaume LeBlanc 22 Canada CAN 1-24:29
5 Carlo Mattioli 29 Italy ITA 1-25:07
6 José Marín 34 Spain ESP 1-25:32
7 Marco Evoniuk 26 United States USA 1-25:42
8 Erling Andersen 23 Norway NOR 1-25:54
9 José Querubin Moreno 24 Colombia COL 1-26:04
10 David Smith 29 Australia AUS 1-26:48
11 François Lapointe 22 Canada CAN 1-27:06
12 Héctor Moreno 21 Colombia COL 1-27:12
13 Philip Vesty 21 Great Britain GBR 1-27:28
14 Simon Baker 26 Australia AUS 1-27:43
15 Gérard Lelièvre 34 France FRA 1-27:50
16 Willi Sawall 42 Australia AUS 1-28:24
17 Marcelino Colín 23 Mexico MEX 1-28:26
18 Francisco Vargas 20 Colombia COL 1-28:46
19 Ian McCombie 23 Great Britain GBR 1-28:53
20 Martial Fesselier 22 France FRA 1-29:46
21 Marcel Jobin 42 Canada CAN 1-29:49
22 Siri Chand Ram 26 India IND 1-30:06
23 Jim Heiring 28 United States USA 1-30:20
24 Steve Barry 33 Great Britain GBR 1-30:46
25 José Pinto 28 Portugal POR 1-30:54
26 Abdel Wahab Ferguene 25 Algeria ALG 1-31:24
27 Zhang Fuxin 22 China CHN 1-32:10
28 Alessandro Pezzatini 26 Italy ITA 1-32:27
29 Martin Toporek 23 Austria AUT 1-33:58
30 Benamar Kechkouche 33 Algeria ALG 1-34:12
31 Santiago Fonseca 30 Honduras HON 1-34:47
32 Pius Munyasia 24 Kenya KEN 1-34:53
33 Dan O'Connor 32 United States USA 1-35:12
34 José Víctor Alonzo 25 Guatemala GUA 1-35:32
35 Stefano Casali 21 San Marino SMR 1-35:48
36 Osvaldo Morejón 24 Bolivia BOL 1-44:42
37 Luis Campos 22 El Salvador ESA 1-48:45
38 Amjad Tawalbeh 19 Jordan JOR 1-49:35