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1964 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan - Men's 20 km Walk



Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Date Started: October 15, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964
(Competitors: 30; Countries: 15)
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Overview by IAAF  1964_olympic_stadium.jpg
The event went true to form, with the favourite Matthews winning and Golubnichiy, the reigning champion, taking a medal. The one surprise was the failure of the fastest man n 1964, Hans-Georg Reimann. The German was never in touch, and finished 12th, but his place was taken effectively by Dieter Lindner, who would go on to win the European title two years later. While the USA’s Zinn attempted to stay with Matthews, and fell back shortly after 5Km, Lindner became the Briton’s closest follower, and was less than 100m back at halfway with Golubnichiy 10m behind. His margin over the Ukrainian extended to 150m by the finish, but Matthews had steadily increased his lead, and won by more than 300m. Golubnichiy barely held on to third as Freeman closed on him as he had done four years earlier.
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Ken Matthews was the heavy favorite, having won the 1962 European Championships and the 1961 and 1963 Lugano Trophy 20 km. walk. Matthews went to the lead immediately and was never caught, although several walkers tried. The GDR’s Dieter Lindner was only 100 metres back at the halfway point, but would lose ground and finish almost two minutes down as the silver medalist. Gold medalist from 1960, Vladimir Golubnichy, won the bronze medal, his second of four consecutive medals in the event. The sixth-place finisher, Ron Zinn, was the highest placed American ever in this event to this date. An Army Lieutenant, he would be killed fighting in the Vietnam War less than nine months after the Olympics.
20 km Walk Men Final 15 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1-29.34.0 Ken Matthews Great Britain GBR 30 OR
2 1-31.13.2 Dieter Lindner Germany GER 27
3 1-31.59.4 Volodymyr Holubnychiy Soviet Union URS 28
4 1-32.06.8 Noel Freeman Australia AUS 25
5 1-32.33.0 Gennady Solodov Soviet Union URS 30
6 1-32.43.0 Ron Zinn United States USA 25
7 1-32.45.4 Boris Khrolovich Soviet Union URS 28
8 1-32.46.0 John Edgington Great Britain GBR 28
9 1-33.15.8 Gerhard Sperling Germany GER 26
10 1-33.28.4 John Paddick Great Britain GBR 21
11 1-33.45.0 Alexandr Bílek Czechoslovakia TCH 23
12 1-34.51.0 Hans-Georg Reimann Germany GER 23
13 1-34.58 Henri Delerue France FRA 24
14 1-35.30 Tommy Kristensen Denmark DEN 24
15 1-35.38 István Göri Hungary HUN 26
16 1-36.16 Charel Sowa Luxembourg LUX 31
17 1-36.35 Jack Mortland United States USA 29
18 1-36.53 Åke Söderlund Sweden SWE 39
19 1-37.03 John Ljunggren Sweden SWE 45
20 1-37.07 Roine Karlsson Sweden SWE 20
21 1-38.27 Antal Kiss Hungary HUN 28
22 1-38.47 Ronald Crawford Australia AUS 28
23 1-39.40 Noboru Ishiguro Japan JPN 32
24 1-41.11 Chedli El-Marghni Tunisia TUN 25
25 1-43.07 Kiue Kuribayashi Japan JPN 30
26 1-48.41 Mieczysław Rutyna Poland POL 33
AC DQ Ron Laird United States USA 26
AC DQ Yasuo Naito Japan JPN 21
AC DNF Alex Oakley Canada CAN 38
AC DNF Bob Gardiner Australia AUS 28




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