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50 kilometres Race Walk, Men

Date17 October 1968 — 14:20
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants36 from 19 countries

The two favorites were the defending champion, Abdon Pamich of Italy, who had also won the 1966 European Championship, and the GDR’s Christoph Höhne, who had won the Lugano Trophy race in 1965 and 1967. Pamich would not finish. Höhne led throughout most of the race, in company with Britain’s Paul Nihill until he collapsed at 44 km., overcome by heat and altitude. That left it open for Höhne who won by over 10 minutes, the largest margin of victory ever in this event. Larry Young, in third, won the first ever medal in this race for the United States.

1Christoph HöhneGDR4-20:13.6Gold
2Antal KissHUN4-30:17.0Silver
3Larry YoungUSA4-31:55.4Bronze
4Peter SelzerGDR4-33:09.8
5Stig LindbergSWE4-34:05.0
6Vittorio VisiniITA4-36:33.2
7Bryan EleyGBR4-37:32.2
8José PedrazaMEX4-37:51.4
9Karl-Heinz MerschenzCAN4-37:57.4
10Goetz KlopferUSA4-39:13.8
11Horst-Rüdiger MagnorFRG4-39:43.2
12Frank ClarkAUS4-40:13.8
13Örjan AnderssonSWE4-40:42.6
14Gerhard WeidnerFRG4-43:26.2
15Sergey GrigoryevURS4-44:39.2
16Charel SowaLUX4-44:45.2
17Kazuo SaitoJPN4-47:29.6
18Shaun LightmanGBR4-52:20.0
19Bob GardinerAUS4-52:29.0
20Erwin StutzSUI4-53:33.8
21Henri DelerueFRA4-57:40.2
22Mieczysław RutynaPOL4-58:03.8
23Felix CappellaCAN4-58:31.6
24Shaul LadanyISR5-01:06.0
25Pablo ColínMEX5-01:30.0
26Dave RomanskyUSA5-38:03.4
27Ismael HernándezMEX5-56:09.2
28Ricardo CruzESA5-56:22.0
DNFPaul NihillGBR
DNFStefan IngvarssonSWE
DQBernhard NermerichFRG
DNFGennady AgapovURS
DNFAbdon PamichITA
DNFBurkhard LeuschkeGDR
DNFIgor Della-RossaURS
DNFJohn KellyIRL
DNS236József CsermákHUN
DNSEuclides CalzadoCUB
DNSKatsuo NishidaJPN
DNSCarlos VanegasNCA