Gold medal times in the 50km walking race at the Summer Olympics 1932-2016

The 50km walking race has been held as a men's event at all Summer Olympics since 1932, apart from the 1972 Games, and it has never been included as a women's event. This makes it the only athletic event that is only open to male competitors, however the women's event is gradually being introduced in other athletic competitions, and could be included as an Olympic event for women from 2024 onwards. The current Olympic record was set in 2012 by Australia's Jared Tallent, with a time of 3 hours, 36 minutes and 53 seconds, and the world record was set in 2014 by France's Yohann Diniz with a time of 3 hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds. Poland's Robert Korzeniowski is the most successful athlete in this event, winning three back-to-back golds between 1996 and 2004, and Korzeniowski also won the 20km walk race in the 2000 Olympics, making him the most successful Olympic racewalker of all time.

Gold medal winning times in the Men's 50km walking race at the Summer Olympics from 1932 to 2016

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Sources

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1932 to 2016

Supplementary notes

This data was collected using the official Olympic.org site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

In order to display the data visually, the times have been converted into metric minutes. The standard times (rounded to the nearest full second, when applicable) are as follows (h:mm:ss), along with the winning athletes and their represented countries:
1932 - Tommy Green (Great Britain) - 4:50:10
1936 - Harold Whitlock (Great Britain) - 4:30:41
1948 - John Ljunggren (Sweden) - 4:41:52
1952 - Pino Dordoni (Italy) - 4:28:08
1956 - Norman Read (New Zealand) - 4:30:43
1960 - Dan Thompson (Great Britain) - 4:25:30
1964 - Abdon Pamich (Italy) - 4:11:12
1968 - Cristoph Höhne (East Germany) - 4:20:14
1972 - Bernd Kannenberg (West Germany) - 3:56:12
*1976 - Not included
1980 - Hartwig Gauder (East Germany) - 3:49:24
1984 - Raul Gonzalez (Mexico) - 3:47:26
1988 - Vyacheslav Ivanenko (Soviet Union) - 3:38:29
1992 - Andrey Perlov (Unified Team) - 3:50:13
1996 - Robert Korzeinowski (Poland) - 3:43:30
2000 - Robert Korzeinowski (Poland) - 3:42:22
2004 - Robert Korzeinowski (Poland) - 3:38:46
2008 - Alex Schwazer (Italy) - 3:37:09
2012 - Jared Tallent (Australia) - 3:36:53
2016 - Matej Toth (Slovakia) - 3:40:58

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