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Soviet Union at the 1972 Summer Olympics

The Soviet Union (USSR) competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. 371 competitors, 298 men and 73 women, took part in 180 events in 22 sports.[2]

Soviet Union at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Flag of the Soviet Union (1955–1980).svg
IOC code URS
NOC Soviet Olympic Committee
in Munich
Competitors 371 (298 men, 73 women)[1] in 22 sports
Flag bearer Alexander Medved
Medals
Ranked 1st
Gold
50
Silver
27
Bronze
22
Total
99
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Estonia (1920–1936, 1992–)
 Latvia (1924–1936, 1992–)
 Lithuania (1924–1928, 1992–)
 Unified Team (1992)
 Armenia (1994–)
 Belarus (1994–)
 Georgia (1994–)
 Kazakhstan (1994–)
 Kyrgyzstan (1994–)
 Moldova (1994–)
 Russia (1994–)
 Ukraine (1994–)
 Uzbekistan (1994–)
 Azerbaijan (1996–)
 Tajikistan (1996–)
 Turkmenistan (1996–)

Contents

MedalistsEdit

The USSR finished first in the final medal rankings, with 50 gold and 99 total medals.

GoldEdit

 

AthleticsEdit

BasketballEdit

BoxingEdit

CanoeingEdit

CyclingEdit

DivingEdit

EquestrianEdit

FencingEdit

GymnasticsEdit

JudoEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

RowingEdit

Men's single sculls – 1st place (  gold medal)
Men's double sculls – 1st place (  gold medal)

SailingEdit

ShootingEdit

VolleyballEdit

Water poloEdit

WeightliftingEdit

WrestlingEdit

SilverEdit

 

AthleticsEdit

EquestrianEdit

FencingEdit

GymnasticsEdit

JudoEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

ShootingEdit

SwimmingEdit

WeightliftingEdit

WrestlingEdit

BronzeEdit

 

ArcheryEdit

AthleticsEdit

CyclingEdit

FencingEdit

Football (soccer)Edit

GymnasticsEdit

JudoEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

SailingEdit

ShootingEdit

SwimmingEdit

VolleyballEdit

WeightliftingEdit

WrestlingEdit

Results by eventEdit

ArcheryEdit

In the first modern archery competition at the Olympics, the Soviet Union entered three men and three women. They took home a bronze medal as four of their archers, including all three women, finished in the top 8.

Women's individual competition:

Men's individual competition:

AthleticsEdit

Men's 100 metres

  • First heat — 10.51s (→ did not advance)

Men's 800 metres

  • Heat — 1:48.3
  • Semifinals — 1:46.3
  • Final — 1:45.9
  • Heat — 1:51.0
  • Semifinals — 1:49.6 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 1:48.6
  • Semifinals — 1:50.1 (→ did not advance)

Men's 1,500 metres

  • Heat — 3:42.3
  • Semifinals — 3:41.6
  • Final — 3:40.2 (→ 8th place)
  • Heat — DNS (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 3:42.3 (→ did not advance)

Men's 5000 metres

  • Heat — 13:57.6 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 14:08.6 (→ did not advance)

Men's 4 × 100 m relay

  • Heat — 39.15s
  • Semifinals — 39.00s
  • Final — 38.50s (→   Silver medal)

Men's high jump

  • Qualifying round — 2.15m
  • Final — 2.23m (→   Gold medal)
  • Qualifying round — 2.15m
  • Final — 2.15m (→ 8th place)
  • Qualifying round — 2.15m
  • Final — 2.15m (→ 12th place)

Women's javelin throw

  • Qualifying round — 55.90 m
  • Final — 56.36 m (→ 8th place)

BasketballEdit

Men's team competition
  • Preliminary round (group B)
  • Defeated Senegal (94–52)
  • Defeated West Germany (87–63)
  • Defeated Italy (79–66)
  • Defeated Poland (94–64)
  • Defeated Puerto Rico (100–87)
  • Defeated Philippines (111–80)
  • Defeated Yugoslavia (74–67)
  • Semifinals
  • Defeated Cuba (67–60)
  • Final
  • Defeated United States (51–50) →   Gold medal

BoxingEdit

Men's light middleweight (– 71 kg)

  • First round — bye
  • Second round — defeated Reggie Jones (USA), 3:2
  • Third round — lost to Alan Minter (GBR), 0:5

Men's heavyweight (+ 81 kg)

CanoeingEdit

CyclingEdit

Fifteen cyclists represented the Soviet Union in 1972.

Individual road race
Team time trial
Sprint
1000m time trial
  • Final — 1:07.73 (→ 8th place)
Tandem
Team pursuit

DivingEdit

Men's 3m springboard

Men's 10m platform

Women's 3m springboard

Women's 10m platform

  • Alla Seiina – 314.76 points (10th place)
  • Natalia Kuznecova – 184.02 points (13th place)
  • Tatjana Shtyreva – 177.33 points (19th place)

EquestrianEdit

FencingEdit

20 fencers, 15 men and 5 women, represented the Soviet Union in 1972.

Men's foil
Men's team foil
Men's épée
Men's team épée
Men's sabre
Men's team sabre
Women's foil
Women's team foil

FootballEdit

GymnasticsEdit

HandballEdit

Men's team competition

The Soviet team came away from the three-game opening round with no losses, but only one win. Ties with Denmark and Sweden and a win over Poland put the Soviet Union in a tie with Sweden at the top of the division. Since both teams moved on to the second round, the fact that Sweden won the tie-breaker mattered little. The Soviets' hopes were high after the first game of the second round, a win over East Germany that put the team on top of the division. However, their subsequent loss to Czechoslovakia dropped them to third in the group. This meant that they played in a game for fifth and sixth place against host nation West Germany. Their win was little consolation for being eliminated from medal contention.

Men's team competition:

  • Soviet Union – 5th place (3–1–2)
  • Team roster

JudoEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

Three male pentathletes represented the Soviet Union in 1972.

Men's individual competition

Men's team competition

  • Onishenko, Lednev and Shmelev — 15968 pts (→   Gold medal)

RowingEdit

The Soviet Union had 26 male rowers participate in all seven rowing events in 1972.[3]

Men's single sculls

  • Heat — 7:42.67
  • Semifinals — 8:13.49
  • Final — 7:10.12 (→   Gold medal)
Men's coxless pair – 8th place
Men's coxed pair
  • Heat — 7:43.84
  • Semifinals — 8:07.34
  • Final — 7:24.44 (→ 5th place)
Men's coxless four – 4th place
Men's coxed four – 4th place
Men's eight – 4th place

SailingEdit

ShootingEdit

Fourteen male shooters represented the Soviet Union in 1972. Yakiv Zhelezniak won gold, Boris Melnik and Yevgeny Petrov won silvers and Viktor Torshin won a bronze medal.

25 m pistol
50 m pistol
300 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, prone
50 m running target
Trap
Skeet

SwimmingEdit

Men's 100m freestyle

  • Heat — 52.87s
  • Semifinals — 52.60s
  • Final — 51.77s (→   Bronze medal)
  • Heat — 53.64s
  • Semifinals — 53.55s
  • Final — 52.44s (→ 6th place)
  • Heat — 53.78s
  • Semifinals — 53.68s (→ did not advance)

Men's 200m freestyle

  • Heat — 1:56.15
  • Final — 1:57.24 (→ 7th place)
  • Heat — 1:57.92 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 1:57.04 (→ did not advance)

Men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay

  • Heat — 3:32.72
  • Final — 3:29.72 (→   Silver medal)

Men's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay

  • Heat — 7:51.44
  • Final — 7:45.76 (→   Bronze medal)

VolleyballEdit

Men's team competition
  • Preliminary round (group A)
  • Defeated Tunisia (3–0)
  • Defeated South Korea (3–0)
  • Defeated Bulgaria (3–1)
  • Defeated Czechoslovakia (3–0)
  • Defeated Poland (3–2)
  • Semifinals
  • Lost to East Germany (1–3)
  • Bronze medal match
  • Defeated Bulgaria (3–0) →   Bronze medal
  • Team roster

Water poloEdit

WeightliftingEdit

WrestlingEdit

Medals by republicEdit

In the following table for team events number of team representatives, who received medals are counted, not "one medal for all the team", as usual. Because there were people from different republics in one team.

Rank Republic Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Russian SFSR 60 22 20 102
2   Ukrainian SSR 20 7 9 36
3   Byelorussian SSR 10 6 2 18
4   Georgian SSR 6 1 3 10
5   Uzbek SSR 3 0 0 3
6   Lithuanian SSR 2 1 0 3
7   Kazakh SSR 1 3 2 6
8   Armenian SSR 1 1 2 4
9   Azerbaijan SSR 1 1 0 2
10   Estonian SSR 1 0 1 2
11   Tajik SSR 1 0 0 1
12   Latvian SSR 0 2 1 3

Top 5 sports societiesEdit

In the following table for team events number of team representatives, who received medals are counted, not "one medal for all the team", as usual. Because there were people from different sports societies in one team.

Pos Sports society       Total
1 Armed Forces 33 18 18 69
2 Dynamo 28 10 16 54
3 VSS Burevestnik 11 6 5 22
4 VSS Spartak 9 3 3 15
5 VSS Trud 7 1 1 9

BibliographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The USSR and Olympism" (PDF). Olympic Review. International Olympic Committee (84): 530–557. October 1974. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Soviet Union at the 1972 Munich Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Soviet Union Rowing at the 1972 München Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 February 2018. 
  • Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport.  – for medal stats by republic and by sports society