1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's 20 km walk

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
(Competitors: 24; Countries: 12)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF  1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
Golubnichiy and Smaga, together with Frenkel – a producer of fast times but so far no medals – were favourites. Frenkel and Hans-Georg Reimann cut out the pace, with Sperling, Bernd Kannenberg (FRG) and Nihill close behind through 10Km. Shortly afterwards, Kannenberg stumbled and fell, and withdrew to keep safe his chances for the 50Km event. Frenke then applied pressure, drawing himself, Reimann and Golubnichiy away from the field. Golubnichiy made his big effort and dropped Reimann, but Frenkel was too strong, and the GDR athlete got clear of the Ukrainian with 2Km remaining. Yevgeniy Ivchenko, who would resurface in the 50Km event in 1980, was the only walker to be disqualified.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The favorites were the two Soviet medalists from 1972, Vladimir Golubnichy and Nikolay Smaga, the 1971 European Champion, and the GDR's Peter Frenkel and Hans-Georg Reimann, the Lugano Trophy champion in 1970 (and again in 1973). Frenkel and Reimann set the pace through 10 km., with Golubnichy close. Frenkel was just too strong and pulled away from both Reimann and Golubnichy. Golubnichy got away from Reimann at 18 km. and won his fourth consecutive medal in this event – two golds, one silver, and one bronze.
 
 
Results
20 km walk Men Final 31 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.26.42 Peter Frenkel East Germany GDR 19 May 39
2 1.26.55 Volodymyr Golubnichiy Soviet Union URS 2 Jun 36
3 1.27.17 Hans-Georg Reimann East Germany GDR 24 Aug 41
4 1.27.55 Gerhard Sperling East Germany GDR 15 Nov 37
5 1.28.17 Nikolay Smaga Soviet Union URS 22 Aug 38
6 1.28.44 Paul Nihill Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 39
7 1.32.02 Jan Ornoch Poland POL 30 May 52
8 1.32.30 Vittorio Visini Italy ITA 25 May 45
9 1.32.41 José Oliveros Mexico MEX 29 Apr 48
10 1.32.53 Larry Young United States USA 10 Feb 43
11 1.33.03 Jan Rolstad Norway NOR 7 Aug 50
12 1.33.05 Pedro Aroche Mexico MEX 14 Mar 46
13 1.33.14 Heinz Mayr West Germany FRG 20 Oct 35
14 1.33.22 Philip Embleton Great Britain GBR 28 Dec 48
15 1.34.59 Tom Dooley United States USA 9 Dec 45
16 1.35.21 Wilfried Wesch West Germany FRG 7 Jul 40
17 1.35.39 Peter Marlow Great Britain GBR 20 Apr 41
18 1.36.24 Charles Sowa Luxembourg LUX 15 Apr 33
19 1.38.34 Goetz Klopfer United States USA 25 Jun 42
20 1.43.12 Hunde Toure Ethiopia ETH 1 Feb 43
21 1.45.09 Esteban Valle Nicaragua NCA 5 Sep 42
22 1.45.45 Ismael Avilan Mexico MEX 22 Sep 49
DQ Yevgeniy Ivchenko Soviet Union URS 27 Jul 38
DNF Bernd Kannenberg West Germany FRG 20 Aug 42
DNF Ludomir Nitkowski Poland POL
DNF Tadeusz Gorzechowski Poland POL