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50 kilometres Walk, Men

Date30 September 1988 — 8:00
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants42 from 22 countries

The East Germany pair of Hartwig Gauder and Ronald Weigel had dominated many of the major championships in the 1980s. Gauder won the 1980 gold medal and the 1987 World Championships, while Weigel was the 1983 World Champion, and held the world record in 1988. By 30 km. the race had come down to a pack of five – Gauder and Weigel, Soviets Vyacheslav Ivanenko and Aleksandr Potashov, and Spain’s José Marín. By 40 km., Ivanenko had opened a small lead, and he gradually increased that lead over the closing 10 km. He had negatively split the race in the extreme, walking the second 25 km. 7½ minutes faster than the first.

PosNrWalkerNOCTimeWarnings
11038Vyacheslav IvanenkoURS3-38:29OBGold
2485Ronald WeigelGDR3-38:56Silver
3464Hartwig GauderGDR3-39:45Bronze
41055Aleksandr PotashovURS3-41:00
5270José MarínESP3-43:03
633Simon BakerAUS3-44:07
71198Bo GustafssonSWE3-44:49
8585Raffaello DucceschiITA3-45:43
9469Dietmar MeischGDR3-46:31
10987Pavol SzikoraTCH3-47:04
11597Gianni PerricelliITA3-47:14
12972Pavol BlažekTCH3-47:31
13269Jorge LlopartESP3-48:09
14162François LapointeCAN3-48:15
15757Martín BermúdezMEX3-49:22
16337Alain LemercierFRA3-50:28
17982Roman MrázekTCH3-50:46
18312Reima SalonenFIN3-51:36
1941Andrew JachnoAUS3-53:23
201197Stefan JohanssonSWE3-53:34
21873José PintoPOR3-55:57
221090Marco EvoniukUSA3-56:55
231127Carl SchuelerUSA3-57:44
24843Jacek BednarekPOL3-58:31
25254Manuel AlcaldeESP3-59:13
261054Vitaliy PopovychURS3-59:23
27443Les MortonGBR3-59:30
28406Paul BlaggGBR4-00:07
29202Li BaojinCHN4-00:07
30222Héctor MorenoCOL4-01:31
31631Tadahiro KosakaJPN4-03:12
32578Sandro BellucciITA4-04:56
33758Arturo BravoMEX4-08:08
341098Andy KaestnerUSA4-12:49
35673William SaweKEN4-25:24
AC537Sándor UrbanikHUNDNF
AC809Erling AndersenNORDNF
AC958Jan StaafSWEDNF
AC343Eric NeisseFRADQ
AC342Jean-Marie NeffFRADQ
AC83Godfried De JonckheereBELDNF
AC754Hernán AndradeMEXDQ