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Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, 38 events in athletics were contested, 24 for men and 14 for women. There were a total number of 1324 participating athletes from 104 countries.

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Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Valeriy Borzov
  Soviet Union
10.14 Robert Taylor
  United States
10.24 Lennox Miller
  Jamaica
10.33
200 metres
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Valeriy Borzov
  Soviet Union
20.00 Larry Black
  United States
20.19 Pietro Mennea
  Italy
20.30
400 metres
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Vincent Matthews
  United States
44.66 Wayne Collett
  United States
44.80 Julius Sang
  Kenya
44.92
800 metres
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Dave Wottle
  United States
1:45.86 Yevhen Arzhanov
  Soviet Union
1:45.89 Mike Boit
  Kenya
1:46.01
1500 metres
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Pekka Vasala
  Finland
3:36.33 Kipchoge Keino
  Kenya
3:36.81 Rod Dixon
  New Zealand
3:37.46
5000 metres
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Lasse Virén
  Finland
13:26.42
(OR)
Mohammed Gammoudi
  Tunisia
13:27.33 Ian Stewart
  Great Britain
13:27.61
10,000 metres
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Lasse Virén
  Finland
27:38.35
(WR)
Emiel Puttemans
  Belgium
27:39.58 Miruts Yifter
  Ethiopia
27:40.96
110 metres hurdles
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Rod Milburn
  United States
13.24
(WR)
Guy Drut
  France
13.34 Thomas Hill
  United States
13.48
400 metres hurdles
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John Akii-Bua
  Uganda
47.82
(WR)
Ralph Mann
  United States
48.51 David Hemery
  Great Britain
48.52
3000 metres steeplechase
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Kipchoge Keino
  Kenya
8:23.64
(OR)
Ben Jipcho
  Kenya
8:24.62 Tapio Kantanen
  Finland
8:24.66
4×100 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Larry Black
Robert Taylor
Gerald Tinker
Eddie Hart
38.19
(WR)
  Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksandr Kornelyuk
Vladimir Lovetskiy
Yuris Silovs
Valeriy Borzov
38.50   West Germany (FRG)
Jobst Hirscht
Karlheinz Klotz
Gerhard Wucherer
Klaus Ehl
38.79
4×400 metres relay
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  Kenya (KEN)
Charles Asati
Munyoro Nyamau
Robert Ouko
Julius Sang
2:59.83   Great Britain (GBR)
Martin Reynolds
Alan Pascoe
David Hemery
David Jenkins
3:00.46   France (FRA)
Gilles Bertould
Daniel Velasques
Francis Kerbiriou
Jacques Carette
3:00.65
Marathon
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Frank Shorter
  United States
2:12:19.8 Karel Lismont
  Belgium
2:14:31.8 Mamo Wolde
  Ethiopia
2:15:08.4
20 kilometres walk
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Peter Frenkel
  East Germany
1:26:42.4
(OR)
Volodymyr Holubnychy
  Soviet Union
1:26:55.2 Hans-Georg Reimann
  East Germany
1:27:16.6
50 kilometres walk
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Bernd Kannenberg
  West Germany
3:56:11.6 Veniamin Soldatenko
  Soviet Union
3:58:24.0 Larry Young
  United States
4:00:46.0
High jump
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Jüri Tarmak
  Soviet Union
2.23 m Stefan Junge
  East Germany
2.21 m Dwight Stones
  United States
2.21 m
Pole vault
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Wolfgang Nordwig
  East Germany
5.50 m
(OR)
Robert Seagren
  United States
5.40 m Jan Johnson
  United States
5.35 m
Long jump
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Randy Williams
  United States
8.24 m Hans Baumgartner
  West Germany
8.18 m Arnie Robinson
  United States
8.03 m
Triple jump
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Viktor Saneyev
  Soviet Union
17.35 m Jörg Drehmel
  East Germany
17.30 m Nelson Prudêncio
  Brazil
17.05 m
Shot put
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Władysław Komar
  Poland
21.18 m
(OR)
George Woods
  United States
21.17 m Hartmut Briesenick
  East Germany
21.14 m
Discus throw
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Ludvík Daněk
  Czechoslovakia
64.40 m Jay Silvester
  United States
63.50 m Ricky Bruch
  Sweden
63.40 m
Hammer throw
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Anatoliy Bondarchuk
  Soviet Union
75.50 m
(OR)
Jochen Sachse
  East Germany
74.96 m Vasili Khmelevski
  Soviet Union
74.04 m
Javelin throw
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Klaus Wolfermann
  West Germany
90.48 m
(OR)
Jānis Lūsis
  Soviet Union
90.46 m Bill Schmidt
  United States
84.42 m
Decathlon
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Mykola Avilov
  Soviet Union
8454 pts
(WR)
Leonid Lytvynenko
  Soviet Union
8035 pts Ryszard Katus
  Poland
7984 pts

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Renate Stecher
  East Germany
11.07
(WR)
Raelene Boyle
  Australia
11.23 Silvia Chibás
  Cuba
11.24
200 metres
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Renate Stecher
  East Germany
22.40
(=WR)
Raelene Boyle
  Australia
22.45 Irena Szewińska
  Poland
22.74
400 metres
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Monika Zehrt
  East Germany
51.08 Rita Wilden
  West Germany
51.21 Kathy Hammond
  United States
51.64
800 metres
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Hildegard Falck
  West Germany
1:58.55
(OR)
Nijolė Sabaitė
  Soviet Union
1:58.65 Gunhild Hoffmeister
  East Germany
1:59.19
1500 metres
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Ludmila Bragina
  Soviet Union
4:01.38
(WR)
Gunhild Hoffmeister
  East Germany
4:02.83 Paola Pigni
  Italy
4:02.85
100 metres hurdles
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Annelie Ehrhardt
  East Germany
12.59
(WR)
Valeria Bufanu
  Romania
12.84 Karin Balzer
  East Germany
12.90
4×100 metres relay
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  West Germany (FRG)
Christiane Krause
Ingrid Becker
Annegret Richter
Heide Rosendahl
42.81   East Germany (GDR)
Evelin Kaufer
Christina Heinich
Bärbel Struppert
Renate Stecher
42.95   Cuba (CUB)
Marlene Elejarde
Carmen Valdés
Fulgencia Romay
Silvia Chibás
43.36
4×400 metres relay
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  East Germany (GDR)
Dagmar Käsling
Rita Kühne
Helga Seidler
Monika Zehrt
3:22.95   United States (USA)
Mable Fergerson
Madeline Manning
Cheryl Toussaint
Kathy Hammond
3:25.15   West Germany (FRG)
Anette Rückes
Inge Bödding
Hildegard Falck
Rita Wilden
3:26.51
High jump
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Ulrike Meyfarth
  West Germany
1.92 m
(=WR)
Yordanka Blagoeva
  Bulgaria
1.88 m Ilona Gusenbauer
  Austria
1.88 m
Long jump
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Heide Rosendahl
  West Germany
6.78 m Diana Yorgova
  Bulgaria
6.77 m Eva Šuranová
  Czechoslovakia
6.67 m
Shot put
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Nadezhda Chizhova
  Soviet Union
21.03 m
(WR)
Margitta Gummel
  East Germany
20.22 m Ivanka Khristova
  Bulgaria
19.35 m
Discus throw
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Faina Melnik
  Soviet Union
66.62 m
(OR)
Argentina Menis
  Romania
65.06 m Vasilka Stoeva
  Bulgaria
64.34 m
Javelin throw
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Ruth Fuchs
  East Germany
63.88 m
(OR)
Jacqueline Todten
  East Germany
62.54 m Kate Schmidt
  United States
59.94 m
Pentathlon
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Mary Peters
  Great Britain
4801 pts
(WR)
Heide Rosendahl
  West Germany
4791 pts Burglinde Pollak
  East Germany
4768 pts

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union (URS)97117
2  East Germany (GDR)87520
3  United States (USA)68822
4  West Germany (FRG)63211
5  Finland (FIN)3014
6  Kenya (KEN)2226
7  Great Britain (GBR)1124
8  Poland (POL)1023
9  Czechoslovakia (TCH)1012
10  Uganda (UGA)1001
11  Bulgaria (BUL)0224
12  Australia (AUS)0202
  Belgium (BEL)0202
  Romania (ROU)0202
15  France (FRA)0112
16  Tunisia (TUN)0101
17  Cuba (CUB)0022
  Ethiopia (ETH)0022
  Italy (ITA)0022
20  Austria (AUT)0011
  Brazil (BRA)0011
  Jamaica (JAM)0011
  New Zealand (NZL)0011
  Sweden (SWE)0011
Totals (24 nations)383838114


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