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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 23, 1988

Gold: TCH Jozef Pribilinec
Silver: GDR Ronald Weigel
Bronze: ITA Maurizio Damilano

Summary

The course was flat and the day was not overly hot. The favorites were Jozef Pribilinec (TCH) who had won the 1986 European Championships, Maurizio Damilano, the 1987 World Champion and 1980 Olympic gold medalist in this race, and the GDR’s Ronald Weigel, although he was considered better at the longer distance. Eventually this group would win the medals. The finish was very close with Pribilinec and Weigel entered the stadium only a few metres apart, the Czechoslovak in the lead by five metres. But Weigel could never close the gap on the track.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jozef Pribilinec 28 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 1-19:57 OR
2 Ronald Weigel 29 East Germany GDR Silver 1-20:00
3 Maurizio Damilano 31 Italy ITA Bronze 1-20:14
4 José Marín 38 Spain ESP 1-20:34
5 Roman Mrázek 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-20:43
6 Mikhail Shchennikov 20 Soviet Union URS 1-20:47
7 Carlos Mercenario 21 Mexico MEX 1-20:53
8 Axel Noack 26 East Germany GDR 1-21:14
9 Giovanni De Benedictis 20 Italy ITA 1-21:18
10 Guillaume LeBlanc 26 Canada CAN 1-21:29
11 Simon Baker 30 Australia AUS 1-21:47
12 Daniel Plaza 22 Spain ESP 1-21:53
13 Ian McCombie 27 Great Britain GBR 1-22:03
14 Aleksey Pershin 26 Soviet Union URS 1-22:32
15 Pavol Blažek 30 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-22:39
16 Martial Fesselier 26 France FRA 1-22:43
17 Jimmy McDonald 24 Ireland IRL 1-22:45
18 Thierry Toutain 26 France FRA 1-22:55
19 Carlo Mattioli 33 Italy ITA 1-22:58
20 Jean-Claude Corre 27 France FRA 1-23:09
21 Sándor Urbanik 23 Hungary HUN 1-23:18
22 Erling Andersen 27 Norway NOR 1-23:30
23 Ricardo Pueyo 21 Spain ESP 1-23:40
24 Chris Maddocks 31 Great Britain GBR 1-23:46
25 Stefan Johansson 21 Sweden SWE 1-23:51
26 Hirofumi Sakai 23 Japan JPN 1-24:08
27 Yevgeny Misyulya 24 Soviet Union URS 1-24:39
28 Andrew Jachno 26 Australia AUS 1-24:52
29 José Urbano 22 Portugal POR 1-24:56
30 Jan Staaf 26 Sweden SWE 1-24:59
31 José Pinto 32 Portugal POR 1-26:33
32 Abdel Wahab Ferguene 29 Algeria ALG 1-26:33
33 Héctor Moreno 25 Colombia COL 1-27:06
34 Mohamed Bouhalla 25 Algeria ALG 1-27:10
35 Godfried De Jonckheere 36 Belgium BEL 1-27:14
36 Zdzisław Szlapkin 27 Poland POL 1-27:23
37 Gary Morgan 28 United States USA 1-27:26
38 Jim Heiring 32 United States USA 1-27:30
39 Hélder Oliveira 28 Portugal POR 1-27:39
40 Santiago Fonseca 34 Honduras HON 1-27:41
41 Li Baojin 28 China CHN 1-27:57
42 Reima Salonen 32 Finland FIN 1-28:25
43 Lyubomir Ivanov 28 Bulgaria BUL 1-28:43
44 Tim Lewis 25 United States USA 1-31:00
45 Marcelo Palma 22 Brazil BRA 1-31:42
46 Jeong Pil-Hwa 33 South Korea KOR 1-32:23
47 Tadahiro Kosaka 28 Japan JPN 1-32:46
48 Rafael Valladares 26 Honduras HON 1-37:09
49 Jeong Myeong-O 24 South Korea KOR 1-40:09
AC Ernesto Canto 28 Mexico MEX DQ
AC Joel Sánchez 24 Mexico MEX DQ
AC Marco Sowa 24 Luxembourg LUX DQ
AC José Querubin Moreno 28 Colombia COL DNF