Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres walk

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Men's 3 kilometres walk
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 20–21
Competitors 22 from 12 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Ugo Frigerio  Italy
2nd, silver medalist(s) George Parker  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Richard Remer  United States
Athletics at the
1920 Summer Olympics
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The men's 3 kilometres walk event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on the track on Friday, August 20, 1920, and on Saturday, August 21, 1920.

Twenty-two race walkers from twelve nations competed.


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

World Record 12:53.8 Denmark Aage Rasmussen  ? 1918
Olympic Record 15:13.2 Hungary György Sztantics Athens (GRE) May 1, 1906 (NS)

Every race saw a new Olympic record. At first Donato Pavesi bettered the record in the first semifinal with 13:46.8 minutes. In the second semifinal his fellow countryman Ugo Frigerio improved the record with 13:40.2 minutes. In the final Frigerio again set a new Olympic record with 13:14.2 minutes. As the competition has been discontinued, his Olympic record still stands.



The semifinals were held on Friday, August 20, 1920.

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Donato Pavesi (ITA) 13:46.8 OR Q
2  George Parker (AUS) (13:47.9) Q
3  Thomas Maroney (USA) (13:52.1) Q
4  Charles Dowson (GBR) (13:54.9) Q
5  Niels Pedersen (DEN) (14:06.3) Q
6  Jean Segers (BEL) (14:09.2) Q
7  Paul Verlaeckt (BEL)
 Josef Šlehofer (TCH) DQ
 Cor Gubbels (NED) DQ
 Eduard Hermann (EST) DQ
 Joseph Pearman (USA) DQ

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Ugo Frigerio (ITA) 13:40.2 OR Q
2  Cecil McMaster (RSA) (13:48.5) Q
3  Richard Remer (USA) (13:54.1) Q
4  William Roelker (USA) (13:59.8) Q
5  William Hehir (GBR) Q
 Charles Gunn (GBR) Q
7  August Schotte (NED)
8  Edward Freeman (CAN)
9  Charles Wiggers (BEL)
 Stanislas Anselmetti (SUI) DQ
 Gunnar Rasmussen (DEN) DQ


The final was held on Saturday, August 21, 1920.

Place Athlete Time
1  Ugo Frigerio (ITA) 13:14.2 OR
2  George Parker (AUS) (13:19.6)
3  Richard Remer (USA) (13:22.2)
4  Cecil McMaster (RSA) (13:23.6)
5  Thomas Maroney (USA) (13:25.0)
6  Charles Dowson (GBR) (13:28.0)
7  William Hehir (GBR) (13:29.8)
8  William Roelker (USA) (13:30.4)
9  Jean Segers (BEL) (13:31.3)
10  Charles Gunn (GBR) (13:34.0)
11  Niels Pedersen (DEN) (13:36.8)
 Donato Pavesi (ITA) DQ


  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French). 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 23 August 2007.