Daniel Bautista

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Bautista and the second or maternal family name is Rocha.
Daniel Bautista
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  Mexico
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal 20 km walk
Pan American Games
Gold 1975 Mexico City 20 km walk
Gold 1979 San Juan 20 km walk

Daniel Bautista (Daniel Bautista Rocha; born August 4, 1952) is a former Mexican track and field athlete and Olympic champion. He was born in El Salado, San Luis Potosí.

In his relatively short career, Bautista dominated the walk, on the track as well as in road events. He won international attention in 1975 when he won the 20 km walk at the Pan-American Games in his native Mexico City, which made him among the favorites for the Olympic games the following year.

At the 1976 Summer Olympic games in Montreal he won the gold ahead of two East German athletes, Hans-Georg Reimann who won silver, and defending Olympic champion Peter Frenkel who took bronze. Bautista was so dehydrated after the event that he had to drink ten cans of soft drink before he could produce enough urine for the drug test that he had to take.[1]

In the following years, Bautista set two new world record in the 20 km, as well as having the years best times at other distances. In 1977 and 1979 he won the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in the 20 km walk.

At the 1980 Summer Olympic games in Moscow he was disqualified 1800 meters from the finish. He also started the 50 km, but was forced to quit after 30 km. After that he ended his career.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2012). The Book Of Olympic Lists. Great Britain: Aurum Press Ltd. p. 300. ISBN 9781845137731. 

Sources[edit]

This article is based on a translation of an article from the German Wikipedia.

Records
Preceded by
United Kingdom Paul Nihill
Men's 20km Walk World Record Holder
May 30, 1976 – July 19, 1978
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Anatoliy Solomin
Preceded by
Soviet Union Vadim Tsvetkov
Men's 20km Walk World Record Holder
May 19, 1979 – June 9, 1979
Succeeded by
Finland Reima Salonen
Preceded by
Finland Reima Salonen
Men's 20km Walk World Record Holder
March 30, 1980 – April 27, 1980
Succeeded by
Mexico Domingo Colin