| Event type

50 kilometres Walk, Men

Date 7 September 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico, Roma
Participants39 from 20 countries

Track & field statistician Richard Hymans has pointed out that this race is unique in Olympic history as it contained the Olympic champions in this event from five consecutive Games – 1948-1964. The Italian favorite was Abdon Pamich, who had placed fourth in Melbourne. Donald Thompson (GBR) had also raced in Melbourne but was overcome by the heat and did not finish. To prepare himself for the heat of Roma, he trained in his bathroom after setting it up as a steam room with a hot shower and electric heaters. After several of the leaders were disqualified, Thompson moved into the lead at the halfway point. The 1948 champion, John Ljunggren, caught Thompson at 35 km., but Thompson steadied and eventually pulled ahead to win by the closest margin in the race thru the 1960 Olympics.

1Don ThompsonGBR4-25:30.0OBGold
2John LjunggrenSWE4-25:47.0Silver
3Abdon PamichITA4-27:55.4Bronze
4Aleksandr ShcherbinaURS4-31:44.0
5Tom MissonGBR4-33:03.0
6Alex OakleyCAN4-33:08.6
7Pino DordoniITA4-33:27.2
8Zora SinghIND4-37:44.6
9Anatoly VedyakovURS4-39:57.6
10Antonio De GaetanoITA4-41:01.6
11Ladislav MocTCH4-42:33.6
12George HazleRSA4-43:18.8
13Max WeberGER4-44:47.4
14Svatopluk SýkoraTCH4-46:14.6
15Ajit SinghIND4-47:28.4
16Horst AstrothGER4-50:57.0
17Josef DoležalTCH4-51:18.6
18José RibasESP4-51:20.0
19Ron LairdUSA4-53:21.6
20Frank O'ReillyIRL4-54:40.0
21Charel SowaLUX4-57:00.4
22Louis MarquisSUI5-00:13.0
23Bruce MacDonaldUSA5-00:47.6
24John AllenUSA5-03:15.2
25Alfred LeiserSUI5-06:55.0
26Mohamed Ben LazharTUN5-07:57.4
27René CharrièreSUI5-09:00.8
28Jacques ArnouxFRA5-10:22.0
ACAlbert JohnsonGBRDQ
ACGrigory KlimovURSDQ
ACGuillermo WellerARGDQ
ACKurt SakowskiGERDQ
ACNoel FreemanAUSDQ
ACRonald CrawfordAUSDQ
ACErik SöderlundSWEDNF
ACÅke SöderlundSWEDNF
ACNaoui ZlassiTUNDNF
DNSStefan BadulescuROU
DNSKhalifa BahrouniTUN