| Event type

20 kilometres Walk, Men

Date15 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants30 from 15 countries

Ken Matthews was the heavy favorite, having won the 1962 European Championships and the 1961 and 1963 Lugano Trophy 20 km. walk. Matthews went to the lead immediately and was never caught, although several walkers tried. The GDR’s Dieter Lindner was only 100 metres back at the halfway point, but would lose ground and finish almost two minutes down as the silver medalist. Gold medalist from 1960, Volodymyr Holubnychiy, won the bronze medal, his second of four consecutive medals in the event. The sixth-place finisher, Ron Zinn, was the highest placed American ever in this event to this date. An Army Lieutenant, he would be killed fighting in the Vietnam War less than nine months after the Olympics.

1189Ken MatthewsGBR1-29:34.0ORGold
2256Dieter LindnerGER1-31:13.2Silver
3694Vladimir GolubnichyURS1-31:59.4Bronze
424Noel FreemanAUS1-32:06.8
5693Gennady SolodovURS1-32:33.0
6762Ron ZinnUSA1-32:43.0
7695Boris KhrolovichURS1-32:45.4
8188John EdgingtonGBR1-32:46.0
9258Gerhard SperlingGER1-33:15.8
10190John PaddickGBR1-33:28.4
1192Alexander BílekTCH1-33:45.0
12257Hans-Georg ReimannGER1-34:51.0
13148Henri DelerueFRA1-34:58
1494Tommy KristensenDEN1-35:30
15305István GöriHUN1-35:38
16410Charel SowaLUX1-36:16
17761Jack MortlandUSA1-36:35
18576Åke SöderlundSWE1-36:53
19575John LjunggrenSWE1-37:03
20574Roine KarlssonSWE1-37:07
21304Antal KissHUN1-38:27
2223Ronald CrawfordAUS1-38:47
23831Noboru IshiguroJPN1-39:40
24620Chedli El-MarghniTUN1-41:11
25833Kiue KuribayashiJPN1-43:07
26519Mieczysław RutynaPOL1-48:41
AC25Bob GardinerAUSDNF
AC64Alex OakleyCANDNF
AC760Ron LairdUSADQ
AC832Yasuo NaitoJPNDQ
DNS541Baruch EliasROU
DNS540Andrei SavescuROU
DNS621Hassine Bel KhodjaTUN
DNS303István HavasiHUN
DNS619Naceur Ben MessaoudTUN