Canoeing at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's K-2 1000 metres
| Nikolai Gorbachev
and Viktor Kratasyuk (URS)
| József Deme
and János Rátkai (HUN)
| Władysław Szuzkiewicz
and Rafał Piszcz (POL)
The 25 crews first raced in three heats on September 5. The top three finishers from each of the heats advanced directly to the semifinals. One was disqualified and the remaining 15 teams were relegated to the repechage heats.
Norway was disqualified for reasons not given in the official report.
Taking place on September 7, the top three competitors in each of the three repechages advanced to the semifinals.
|1.||Jens Sørensen and Jørgen Andersen (DEN)||3:40.52||QS|
|2.||Herminio Menéndez and José María Esteban (ESP)||3:40.54||QS|
|3.||Douglas Parnham and Robert Avery (GBR)||3:40.65||QS|
|4.||Howard Watkins and Brendan O'Connell (IRL)||3:45.18|
|5.||Donald Cooper and Tom Dooney (NZL)||3:45.65|
|6.||Ivan Ohmut and Miloš Kralj (YUG)||3:46.05|
|1.||Adrian Powell and Graham Johnson (AUS)||3:41.77||QS|
|2.||John Brosius and Alan Whitney (USA)||3:47.91||QS|
|3.||Dennis Barré and Jean Barre (CAN)||3:49.48||QS|
|4.||Barthélemy Koffi Baugré and Paul Gnamia M'Boule (CIV)||3:54.03|
|1.||Jean-Pierre Cordebois and Didier Niquet (FRA)||3:40.44||QS|
|2.||Marc Moens and Herman Naegels (BEL)||3:41.23||QS|
|3.||Berndt Andersson and Bo Berglund (SWE)||3:42.93||QS|
|4.||Edicto Gilbert and Rogelio Chirino (CUB)||3:44.15|
|5.||Gilberto Soriano and Horacio Flores (MEX)||3:50.61|
The top three finishers in each of the three semifinals (raced on September 8) advanced to the final.
The final was held on September 9.
|Nikolai Gorbachev and Viktor Kratasyuk (URS)||3:31.23|
|József Deme and János Rátkai (HUN)||3:32.00|
|Władysław Szuzkiewicz and Rafal Piszcz (POL)||3:33.63|
|4.||Reiner Kurth and Alexander Slatnow (GDR)||3:34.16|
|5.||Coştel Cosniţǎ and Vasile Simiocenco (ROU)||3:35.66|
|6.||Jean-Pierre Cordebois and Didier Niquet (FRA)||3:36.51|
|7.||Günther Pfaff and Helmut Hediger (AUT)||3:36.61|
|8.||Hans-Jürgen Riemenschneider and Horst Mattern (FRG)||3:38.67|
|9.||Vasil Chilingrov and Aleksandar Donkov (BUL)||3:45.40|