Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 20 kilometres walk

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Men's 20 kilometres walk
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium, Munich, West Germany
Date 31 August 1972
Competitors 24 from 12 nations
Gold medal    East Germany
Silver medal    Soviet Union
Bronze medal    East Germany
1968 1976
Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

These are the official results of the Men's 20 kilometres walk event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The competition was held on 31 August. There were no heats with this event, it was held as a finals only event.


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Peter Frenkel East Germany 1:26:42.4 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Volodymyr Holubnychy Soviet Union 1:26:55.2
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hans-Georg Reimann East Germany 1:27:16.6
4 Gerhard Sperling East Germany 1:27:55.0
5 Nikolay Smaga Soviet Union 1:28:16.6
6 Paul Nihill Great Britain 1:28:44.4
7 Jan Ornoch Poland 1:32:01.6
8 Vittorio Visini Italy 1:32:30.0
9 José Oliveros Mexico 1:32:40.6
10 Larry Young United States 1:32:53.4
11 Jan Rolstad Norway 1:33:03.2
12 Pedro Aroche Mexico 1:33:05.0
13 Heinz Mayr West Germany 1:33:13.8
14 Phil Embleton Great Britain 1:33:22.2
15 Tom Dooley United States 1:34:58.8
16 Wilfried Wesch West Germany 1:35:20.6
17 Peter Marlow Great Britain 1:35:38.8
18 Charles Sowa Luxembourg 1:36:23.8
19 Goetz Klopfer United States 1:38:33.6
20 Hunde Toure Ethiopia 1:43:11.6
21 José Esteban Valle Nicaragua 1:45:09.4
22 Ismael Avila Mexico 1:45:45.4
- Bernd Kannenberg West Germany DNF
- Yevgeniy Ivchenko Soviet Union DQ
- Tadeusz Gorzechowski Poland DNS
- Ludomir Nitkowski Poland DNS
- Shaul Ladany Israel DNS
- Teodor Ionescu Romania DNS
- Ioan Mureşanu Romania DNS
- Daniel Björkgren Sweden DNS
- Stefan Ingvarsson Sweden DNS
- Hans Tenggren Sweden DNS
- Fernando Ielli Italy DNS
- Oscar Barletta Italy DNS
- Kjell Georg Lund Norway DNS
- Aram Levonian Bulgaria DNS
- János Dalmati Hungary DNS
- Antal Kiss Hungary DNS