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New Zealand at the 1972 Summer Olympics

New Zealand competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. For the first time at the Olympics, God Defend New Zealand was played instead of God Save the King/Queen. The New Zealand Olympic Committee was represented by 89 competitors, 82 men and 7 women, who took part in 63 events in 14 sports.[1]

New Zealand at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Flag of New Zealand.svg
IOC code NZL
NOC New Zealand Olympic Committee
Website www.olympic.org.nz
in Munich
Competitors 89 (82 men, 7 women) in 14 sports
Flag bearer David Aspin (Wrestling)
Medals
Ranked 23rd
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
1
Total
3
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Australasia (1908 · 1912)

Contents

MedallistsEdit

ArcheryEdit

In the first modern archery competition at the Olympics, New Zealand entered one man in the competition.

Men's:

AthleticsEdit

Men's 100 metres

  • Heat — 10.77 (→ did not advance)

Men's 200 metres

  • Heat — 21.17
  • Second round — 21.04 (→ did not advance)

Men's 1500 metres

  • Heat — 3:40.0
  • Semifinals — 3:37.9
  • Final — 3:37.5 (→   Bronze medal)
  • Heat — 3:42.3
  • Semifinals — 3:41.8
  • Final — 3:41.8 (→ 9th place)

Men's 5000 m:

  • Heat — 14:35.2 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 13:56,2 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 14:11,6 (→ did not advance)

Men's 10000 m:

  • Gavin Thorley — did not finish

Men's 400 m hurdles:

  • Heat — 50.48 (→ did not advance)

Men's marathon:

Men's shot put:

  • Qualifying Round — 18.38 m (→ did not advance)

Men's discus throw:

  • Les Mills
  • Qualifying Round — 59.22 m
  • Final — 55.86 m (→ 14th place)
  • Qualifying Round — 55.88 m (→ did not advance)

Women's 100 metres

  • Heat — 11.77 (→ did not advance)

Women's 400 metres

  • Heat — 52.82
  • Second Round — 52.66 (→ did not advance)

Women's 800 m:

  • Heat — 2:04.9 (→ did not advance)

Women's 100 m hurdles:

  • Brenda Matthews
  • Heat — 13.81 (→ did not advance)

BoxingEdit

Men's featherweight:

Men's welterweight:

CanoeingEdit

Men's kayak singles:

  • Preliminary heats — 4:12.45
  • Repechages — 4:02.48
  • Semifinal — 4:01.97

Men's kayak pairs:

  • Preliminary heats — 3:56.48
  • Repechages — 3:45.65

CyclingEdit

Eight cyclists represented New Zealand in 1972.

Individual road race
1000m time trial
  • Final — 1:09.10 (→ 16th place)
Team pursuit

Alternative member: Brent Pascoe

GymnasticsEdit

Men's team competition

  • Terry Sale — (compulsory exercises:42.20, optional exercises:49.85)

Women's team competition

  • Diane Foote — (compulsory exercises:33.30, optional exercises:33.55)

Field hockeyEdit

Men's team competitionEdit

  • Preliminary round (Group B)
  • Drew with Australia (0-0)
  • Defeated Mexico (7-0)
  • Defeated Great Britain (2-1)
  • Lost to the Netherlands (0-2)
  • Drew with Poland (3-3)
  • Drew with Kenya (2-2)
  • Lost to India (2-3)
  • Classification match
  • 9th/10th place: Defeated Belgium (2-1) → 9th place
  • Team roster

JudoEdit

Men's middleweight:

RowingEdit

1972 was the last year that only men competed at the Olympic rowing events.[3] New Zealand entered boats in four of the seven events.[4] The gold medal won by the 1972 New Zealand eight is one of New Zealand's most memorable performances, and was in 2008 rated by sports journalist Joseph Romanos as New Zealand's best ever team performance at the Olympic Games.[5]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Murray Watkinson Single sculls 7:51.29 2 R 8:11.51 3 SA/B 8:30.88 5 FB 8:05.42 10
Dick Tonks
Dudley Storey
Ross Collinge
Noel Mills
Coxless four 6:47.27 1 SA/B Bye 7:03.99 1 FA 6:25.64  
Warren Cole
Chris Nilsson
John Clark
David Lindstrom
Peter Lindsay
Coxed four 6:51,76 3 SA/B Bye 7:21.94 3 FA 6:42.55 6
Tony Hurt
Wybo Veldman
Dick Joyce
John Hunter
Lindsay Wilson
Athol Earl
Trevor Coker
Gary Robertson
Simon Dickie
(cox)
Eight 6:06.19 1 R Bye 6:28.40 2 FA 6:08.94  

SailingEdit

Men's Finn:

Men's Flying Dutchman:

Men's Dragon:

Men's Soling:

Alternative member: Jonty Farmer, Jack Hansen, Geoff Smals, Bryan Treleaven

ShootingEdit

Four male shooters represented New Zealand in 1972.

25 m pistol
50 m rifle, prone
50 m running target

SwimmingEdit

Men's 100 m freestyle

  • Heat — 54.41 (→ did not advance)

Men's 200 m freestyle

  • Colin Herring
  • Heat — 2:00.29 (→ did not advance)

Men's 400 m freestyle:

  • Heat — 4:14.10 (→ did not advance)

Men's 1500 m freestyle:

  • Mark Treffers
  • Heat — 16:23.86
  • Final — 16:18.84 (→ 6th place)

Men's 200 m individual medley:

  • Heat — 2:15.04 (→ did not advance)

Men's 400 m individual medley:

  • John McConnochie
  • Heat — 4:49.89 (→ did not advance)

Women's 100 m freestyle:

  • Heat — 1:02.95 (→ did not advance)

Women's 200 m freestyle:

  • Heather Coombridge
  • Heat — 2:14.78 (→ did not advance)

Women's 400 m freestyle:

  • Heat — 4:40.24 (→ did not advance)

Women's 800 m freestyle:

  • Jaynie Parkhouse
  • Heat — 9:34.65 (→ did not advance)

Women's 100 m backstroke:

  • Heat — 1:10.06 (→ did not advance)

Women's 200 m backstroke:

  • Susan Hunter
  • Heat — 2:28.28 (→ did not advance)

Women's 200 m individual medley:

  • Susan Hunter
  • Heat — 2:30.29 (→ did not advance)

Women's 400 m individual medley:

  • Susan Hunter
  • Heat — 5:14.47 (→ did not advance)

WeightliftingEdit

Men's middleweight:

Men's light heavyweight:

Men's heavyweight:

WrestlingEdit

Men's freestyle (–82 kg):

  1. Round 1 - lost to Harishchandra of India (4 - 4, 7:08)
  2. Round 2 - lost to Ali Hagilou of Iran (1 - 3)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "New Zealand at the 1972 Munich Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  2. ^ Bruce Biddle classified as the 3rd place finisher after Jaime Huélamo of Spain was disqualified for failing a drugs test. The bronze medal was not awarded to Biddle as had not been drugs tested.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "New Zealand Rowing at the 1972 München Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  5. ^ Romanos, Joseph (31 July 2017). "New Zealand's rowing eight wins gold". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 2 January 2018.