| Event type

20 kilometres Walk, Men

Date28 November 1956 — 14:50
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants21 from 10 countries

Because of the difficulty judging the 10 kilometre walk, it was replaced by the longer 20 km. distance for the 1956 Olympics, and this would become one of the standard Olympic walk events. The Soviet Union walkers pulled off the only medal sweep in Olympic walking history, Leonid Spirin leading his countrymen Antanas Mikėnas and Bruno Junk across the line.

124Leonid SpirinURS1-31:27.4ORGold
223Antanas MikėnasURS1-32:03.0Silver
322Bruno JunkURS1-32:12.0Bronze
416John LjunggrenSWE1-32:24.0
59Stan VickersGBR1-32:34.2
63Don KeaneAUS1-33:52.0
710George ColemanGBR1-34:01.8
88Roland HardyGBR1-34:40.4
911Pino DordoniITA1-35:00.4
101Ted AllsoppAUS1-35:43.0
1112Abdon PamichITA1-36:03.6
1220Henry LaskauUSA1-38:46.8
132Ronald CrawfordAUS1-39:35.0
1414Dumitru ParaschivescuROU1-39:57.4
1513Ion BarbuROU1-41:37.8
1621Bruce MacDonaldUSA1-43:25.6
1719James HewsonUSA1-46:24.8
AC5Josef DoležalTCHDQ
AC15Lars HindmarSWEDQ
AC7Dieter LindnerGERDQ
AC4Alex OakleyCANDQ
DNS17Gilbert MarquisSUI
DNS18Gabriel ReymondSUI
DNS6Milan SkřontTCH