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Ernesto Canto

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameErnesto•Canto Gudiño
Used nameErnesto•Canto
Born18 October 1959 in Ciudad de México (Mexico City), Ciudad de México (MEX)
Died20 November 2020
Measurements170 cm / 60 kg
NOC Mexico

Biography

Ernesto Canto was the next Mexican race walking star after Daniel Bautista and Raúl González. Canto came into prominence after winning the 20 km walk at the 1981 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. After winning the 20 km walk at the inaugural World Championships in 1983, as well as the 20 km walk gold at the 1983 Pan-American Games and 20 km silver at the 1983 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, he was considered the favorite for 20 km walk gold at the 1984 Olympics. Canto did not disappoint, winning the gold medal comfortably seven seconds ahead of compatriot González who was better known as a 50 km walk specialist.

After his Olympic triumph Canto continued competing, but with less success. He won bronze in the 5K walk at the 1987 World Indoor Championships, but was disqualified at the 1988 Olympics. Canto also won the 20 km walk silver at the 1988 Ibero-American Championships, and won the 20 km walk at the 1990 Pan-American Race Walking Cup. His last major win came at the 1990 Goodwill Games, where he won the 20K track walk.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-18:40 (1984); 50kmW – 3-51:10 (1982).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics MEX Ernesto Canto
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 10
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics MEX Ernesto Canto
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) AC
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics MEX Ernesto Canto
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 29

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 3 August 1984 Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Final Standings 1-23:13 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1988 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony MEX Ernesto Canto

Special Notes