Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres walk

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Men's 10 kilometres walk
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 17–18
Competitors 23 from 13 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Italy
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Great Britain
«1912 1924»
Athletics at the
1920 Summer Olympics
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The men's 10 kilometres walk event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Tuesday, August 17, 1920 and on Wednesday, August 18, 1920.

Twenty-three race walkers from 13 nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 45:26.4 Denmark Aage Rasmussen  ? 1918
Olympic Record 46:28.4 Canada George Goulding Stockholm (SWE) August 11, 1912

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinals were held on Tuesday, August 17, 1920.

Semifinal 1

This heat was one lap short, so the distance of this race was only 9600 metres.

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Ugo Frigerio (ITA) 47:06.4 Q
2  Joseph Pearman (USA) 47:30.0 Q
3  George Parker (AUS) 47:31.0 Q
4  Donato Pavesi (ITA) 48:12.0 Q
5  Charles Gunn (GBR) 48:22.0 Q
6  Jean Segers (BEL) 48:29.0 Q
7  William Roelker (USA)
 Josef Šlehofer (TCH) DNF
 Charles Dowson (GBR) DNF
 Paul Verlaeckt (BEL) DQ
 Eduard Hermann (EST) DQ
 Martial Simon (FRA) DQ
 Gunnar Rasmussen (DEN) DQ

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  William Hehir (GBR) 51:33.8 Q
2  Cecil McMaster (RSA) 51:39.0 Q
3  Thomas Maroney (USA) (51:54.6) Q
4  William Plant (USA) (52:18.3) Q
5  Luis Meléndez (ESP) (53:56.6) Q
6  Antoine Doyen (BEL) Q
 Stanislas Anselmetti (SUI) DNF
 Charles Wiggers (BEL) DQ
 Niels Pedersen (DEN) DQ
 Edward Freeman (CAN) DQ

Final[edit]

The final was held on Wednesday, August 18, 1920.

Before the race started Frigerio handed the conductor of the mid-field band several sheets of music, which he requested to be played during the race. He won so easily that he stopped once to shown the band the correct tempo...[1]

Place Athlete Time
1  Ugo Frigerio (ITA) 48:06.2
2  Joseph Pearman (USA) (49:40.2)
3  Charles Gunn (GBR) (49:43.9)
4  Cecil McMaster (RSA) (50:04.0)
5  William Hehir (GBR) (50:11.8)
6  Thomas Maroney (USA) (50:24.4)
7  Jean Segers (BEL) (50:32.4)
8  Antoine Doyen (BEL) (56:30.0)
 Luis Meléndez (ESP) DNF
 George Parker (AUS) DQ
 Donato Pavesi (ITA) DQ
 William Plant (USA) DNS

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