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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992

Gold: ESP Daniel Plaza
Silver: CAN Guillaume LeBlanc
Bronze: ITA Giovanni De Benedictis

Summary

The course had a crazy finish, with the last 1,500 metres climbing almost straight up Montjuíc to Estadi Olímpic, on a hill that had been deemed too steep for the marathon. And the weather was brutal for distance walkers with temperatures starting at 70° F. (21° C.) amidst high humidity (88%), and getting progressively hotter during the race, reaching near 80° F. (26° C.) at the finish. Spain’s Daniel Plaza was the hometown favorite, living only 10 km. from the stadium. He also had extra incentive as he had been disqualified at the 1991 World Championships. By 15 km. he had taken control of the race and would eventually win by 40 seconds over Canada’s Guillaume LeBlanc.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Daniel Plaza 26 Spain ESP Gold 1-21:45
2 Guillaume LeBlanc 30 Canada CAN Silver 1-22:25
3 Giovanni De Benedictis 24 Italy ITA Bronze 1-23:11
4 Maurizio Damilano 35 Italy ITA 1-23:39
5 Chen Shaoguo 21 China CHN 1-24:06
6 Jimmy McDonald 28 Ireland IRL 1-25:16
7 Daniel García 20 Mexico MEX 1-25:35
8 Sándor Urbanik 27 Hungary HUN 1-26:08
9 Héctor Moreno 29 Colombia COL 1-26:23
10 Miguel Prieto 27 Spain ESP 1-26:38
11 Robert Ihly 29 Germany GER 1-26:56
12 Mikhail Shchennikov 24 Unified Team EUN 1-27:17
13 Vladimir Andreyev 25 Unified Team EUN 1-28:25
14 Tim Berrett 27 Canada CAN 1-28:25
15 Stefan Johansson 25 Sweden SWE 1-28:37
16 Chris Maddocks 35 Great Britain GBR 1-28:45
17 Pavol Blažek 34 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-29:23
18 Walter Arena 28 Italy ITA 1-29:34
19 Igor Kollár 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-29:38
20 Axel Noack 30 Germany GER 1-29:55
21 Joel Sánchez 27 Mexico MEX 1-30:12
22 Nick A'Hern 23 Australia AUS 1-31:39
23 Andy Penn 25 Great Britain GBR 1-31:40
24 Martin Rush 27 Great Britain GBR 1-31:56
25 Shemisu Hassan Ethiopia ETH 1-32:39
26 Viktoras Meškauskas 21 Lithuania LTU 1-33:24
27 Sérgio Galdino 23 Brazil BRA 1-33:32
28 Ján Záhončík 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-33:37
29 Ernesto Canto 32 Mexico MEX 1-33:51
30 Allen James 28 United States USA 1-35:12
31 Andrew Jachno 30 Australia AUS 1-36:49
32 Marcelo Palma 26 Brazil BRA 1-40:11
AC Jefferson Pérez 18 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Li Mingcai 20 China CHN DNF
AC Ademar Kammler 22 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Oleg Troshin 27 Unified Team EUN DNF
AC Robert Korzeniowski 23 Poland POL DNF
AC Valentí Massana 22 Spain ESP DQ
AC José Urbano 26 Portugal POR DQ
AC Bobby O'Leary 25 Ireland IRL DQ
AC Thierry Toutain 30 France FRA DQ
AC Saleumphone Sopraseut 22 Laos LAO DQ