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Abdon Pamich

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAbdon•Pamich
Used nameAbdon•Pamich
Born3 October 1933 in Rijeka (CRO)
Measurements184 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsAmatori/Esso Club Genova/Esso Roma
NOC Italy

Biography

Abdon Pamich is considered the most successful Italian race walker of all time. Competing in the 50 km walk in five consecutive Olympics starting in 1956, Pamich won Olympic gold in 1964 and bronze in 1960. He won 50 km walk titles at the 1962 and 1966 European Championships and won the 50 km walk silver at the 1958 European Championships. At the Mediterranean Games, he won three 50 km golds (1955, 1963, 1971) and at the IAAF Race Walking World Cup he won the 50 km event in 1961, and won bronze in 1965.

Pamich also set one 50 km walk world record, when he clocked 4-03:02 in 1960. Domestically Pamich won a record 40 Italian titles – 13 in the 10,000 m track walk (1956, 1958-69), 13 in the 20 km walk (1958-69, 1971), and 14 in the 50 km (1955-69). After finishing his sporting career, Pamich, who held degrees in both psychology and sociology, worked as a psychologist with the Italian national handball team. He also worked as an athletics coach. Pamich was awarded the Gold Medal of the Italian Olympic Committee for his athletic values.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-28:06 (1964); 50kmW – 4-03:02 (1960).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Abdon Pamich
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 11
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 4
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Abdon Pamich
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Abdon Pamich
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Abdon Pamich
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) AC
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics ITA Abdon Pamich
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) AC

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1964 Summer Olympics 18 October 1964 Athletics 50 kilometres Walk, Men Final Standings 4-11:12.4 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony ITA Abdon Pamich

Special Notes