Raúl González (racewalker)
February 29, 1952 |
Rancho Las Lajas, China, Nuevo León, Mexico
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
Raúl González Rodríguez (born February 29, 1952) is a retired Mexican race walker. He set the world record in the 50-kilometer racewalk twice in 1978 (3:45:52 and 3:41:20). As of October 2011, it still was the North American record.
Gonzalez won the 50 km racewalk at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in 1977, 1981 and 1983. He also won a silver medal in 20 km and a gold in 50 km at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Gonzalez set an Olympic record winning the 50-kilometer event at 3 hours, 47 minutes, 26 seconds.
Gonzalez was a member of the national racewalk team that received Mexico's National Sports Prize in 1977; he received the prize individually in 1978. From 1988 to 1994 he was Director of National Sports Commission of Mexico, and from 2002 to 2004 executive president of the Mexican Professional Baseball League.
|Men's 50km Walk World Record Holder
April 23, 1978 – March 13, 1983
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