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Men's 50 kilometres Walk

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 30, 1980
Date Finished: July 30, 1980

Gold: GDR Hartwig Gauder
Silver: ESP Jorge Llopart
Bronze: URS Yevgeny Ivchenko


After not being contested at the Olympics in 1976, the 50 km. race was reinstated. The world record holder was Mexico’s [Raúl González], and he led out the field for the first 20 km. But he would not finish, and all the Mexican walkers also failed to finish this race. Hartwig Gauder (GDR) walked with Gonzales for much of the race, but broke him shortly after 30 km. and eventually pulled away to win by two minutes over Spain’s [Jorge Llopart]. Bronze medalist Yevgeny Ivchenko was 42-years-old, one of the oldest athletics medalists ever.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Hartwig Gauder 25 East Germany GDR Gold 3-49:24 OB
2 Jorge Llopart 28 Spain ESP Silver 3-51:25
3 Yevgeny Ivchenko 42 Soviet Union URS Bronze 3-56:32
4 Bengt Simonsen 22 Sweden SWE 3-57:08
5 Vyacheslav Fursov 26 Soviet Union URS 3-58:32
6 José Marín 30 Spain ESP 4-03:08
7 Stanisław Rola 23 Poland POL 4-07:07
8 Willi Sawall 38 Australia AUS 4-08:25
9 László Sátor 27 Hungary HUN 4-10:53
10 Pavol Blažek 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 4-16:26
11 Ian Richards 32 Great Britain GBR 4-22:57
12 Khristos Karageorgos 27 Greece GRE 4-24:36
13 Juraj Benčík 35 Czechoslovakia TCH 4-27:39
14 Enrique Peña 38 Colombia COL 4-29:27
15 Ernesto Alfaro 34 Colombia COL 4-46:28
AC Bo Gustafsson 25 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Bohdan Bułakowski 30 Poland POL DNF
AC Daniel Bautista 27 Mexico MEX DNF
AC David Smith 24 Australia AUS DNF
AC Gérard Lelièvre 30 France FRA DNF
AC Martín Bermúdez 22 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Raúl González 28 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Reima Salonen 24 Finland FIN DNF
AC Boris Yakovlev 35 Soviet Union URS DQ
AC Dietmar Meisch 21 East Germany GDR DQ
AC Jaromír Vaňous 24 Czechoslovakia TCH DQ
AC Uwe Dünkel 19 East Germany GDR DQ