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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's 50 km walk

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972
(Competitors: 36; Countries: 18)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF  1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
Soldatenko, the European Champion, and Kannenberg, who had produced the fastest ever time of 3:52:45 earlier in the year, were expected to battle for the gold. Kannenberg went to the front from the start, and Soldatenko stayed with him for 35Km before dropping back. In third at 20Km was Sergey Grigoryev (URS) who was 1:26 behind the leaders, but he was disqualified shortly after the 25Km mark. Larry Young started conservatively, as he had done in 1968, but had moved up from 11th at 10Km to third at 30Km. He repeated his bronze medal of Mexico City with the best time ever by an American. Kannenberg’s winning time was the third-best ever, and Soldatenko’s was the number five mark of all-time. The one major disappointment was Christoph Höhne. The defending champion had a rare off-day, finishing 14th in 0.181064814814815
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The race was felt to be between 1971 European Champion Veniamin Soldatenko (URS) and West Germany’s Bernd Kannenberg, who had broken the world best earlier in the year. The two dominated the race, leading together for 35 km., when Kannenberg surged and dropped Soldatenko. By then, Soldatenko he already had a warning and had to walk more conservatively. Larry Young (USA) repeated his bronze medal from 1968. The defending champion was Christoph Höhne (GDR) who was Lugano Trophy champion in 1965, 1967, and 1970, and was European Champion in 1969 as well. But he had an off day and placed 14th.
 
 
Results
50 km walk Men Final 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 3.56.12 Bernd Kannenberg West Germany FRG 20 Aug 42
2 3.58.24 Venyamin Soldatenko Soviet Union URS 4 Jan 39
3 4.00.46 Larry Young United States USA 10 Feb 43
4 4.01.35 Otto Barch Soviet Union URS 20 Dec 43
5 4.04.05 Peter Selzer East Germany GDR 25 Jun 46
6 4.06.26 Gerhard Weidner West Germany FRG 15 Mar 33
7 4.08.31 Vittorio Visini Italy ITA 25 May 45
8 4.12.09 Gabriel Hernández Mexico MEX 19 Nov 49
9 4.14.09 Paul Nihill Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 39
10 4.14.21 Charles Sowa Luxembourg LUX 15 Apr 33
11 4.14.29 Karl-Heinz Stadtmüller East Germany GDR 30 Jan 53
12 4.16.38 Hans Tenggren Sweden SWE 25 Sep 49
13 4.20.00 Daniel Björkgren Sweden SWE 14 Sep 39
14 4.20.44 Christoph Höhne East Germany GDR 12 Feb 41
15 4.21.01 Stefan Ingvarsson Sweden SWE 14 Dec 46
16 4.21.53 Horst-Rüdiger Magnor Germany GER 23 Feb 42
17 4.22.52 William Weigle United States USA 25 May 40
18 4.23.22 John Warhurst Great Britain GBR 1 Oct 44
19 4.24.39 Shaul Ladany Israel ISR 2 Apr 36
20 4.26.13 Raúl González Mexico MEX 29 Feb 52
21 4.28.43 Alex Oakley Canada CAN 26 Apr 29
22 4.32.23 János Dalmati Hungary HUN 26 Feb 42
23 4.33.11 Domenico Carpentieri Italy ITA 23 Feb 46
24 4.34.23 Kjell Lund Norway NOR 23 Jan 44
25 4.34.44 Howard Timms Great Britain GBR 9 Jul 44
26 4.34.45 Antal Kiss Hungary HUN 30 Dec 35
27 4.36.07 Steve Hayden United States USA 11 Jun 44
28 4.42.41 Adalberto Scorza Argentina ARG 2 Mar 38
29 4.57.14 David Jensen Denmark DEN 16 Jul 43
DNF José Oliveros Mexico MEX 29 Apr 48
DNF Jean-Claude Decosse France FRA 6 Jul 49
DQ Abdon Pamich Italy ITA 3 Oct 33
DNF Jan Ornoch Poland POL 30 May 52
DNF Andrzej Siennicki Poland POL
DNF Win Nowosielski Poland POL
DQ Sergey Grigoryev Soviet Union URS 7 Oct 37
DNF Alfred Badel Switzerland SUI 19 Oct 43
DNF Karl-Heinz Merschenz Canada CAN 1 Nov 36
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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