Athletics at the 1980 Summer Olympics – Men's 20 kilometres walk
|Men's 20 kilometres walk|
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
|Venue||Central Lenin Stadium|
|Competitors||34 from 20 nations|
|Athletics at the|
1980 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The Men's 20 km Race Walk at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR had an entrylist of 34 competitors. Seven athletes were disqualified and two did not finish in the final, which was held on Thursday, 24 July 1980.
The race occurred on a very hot and humid day in the Grand Arena of Central Lenin Stadium. The defending champion of the Montreal summer games, Daniel Bautista of Mexico, led along with Soviet Anatoly Solomin for the majority of the race. However, Bautista was disqualified less than two kilometres from the finish and Solomin a few 100 metres later. There were a total of 136 caution flags and seven disqualifications during the course of the race.
In what was considered a major upset, Maurizio Damilano of Italy won the gold with a finishing time of 1-23:35.5, over a minute faster than silver medalist Pyotr Pochinchuk of Belarus, competing for the USSR. Roland Wieser took the bronze for East Germany, the country with the second highest medal at these Olympics after the USSR.
Also notable was 18-year-old Thipsamay Chanthaphone, who was competing for Laos in its first Olympic appearance, and came in 25th place, officially completing the 20 kilometres at 2-20:22.0 during the medal ceremony, almost an hour after Damilano‘s finish and a half hour after 24th place. 
- 1982 Men's European Championships 20 km Walk (Athens)
- 1983 Men's World Championships 20 km Walk (Helsinki)
- 1986 Men's European Championships 20 km Walk (Stuttgart)
- "Athletics at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games: Men's 20 kilometres Walk". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
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