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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 7, 1972

Gold: USA Rod Milburn
Silver: FRA Guy Drut
Bronze: USA Tom Hill

Summary

The heavy favorite entering the 1972 season was Rod Milburn, who had been undefeated in 1971 and had broken the world record for the 120 yard hurdles, winning the AAU title in 13.0. By the time of the US Olympic Trials, he had won 27 consecutive finals, but in that final, he hit two hurdles early in the race, and barely made the US team. At the Olympics, however, he re-established his superiority, winning the gold medal comfortably with an auto-timed world record of 13.24 over Guy Drut of France, who would later become a member of the IOC. Defending champion Willie Davenport was in the medal race thru eight hurdles but closed poorly and finished fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rod Milburn 22 United States USA Gold WR
2 Guy Drut 21 France FRA Silver
3 Tom Hill 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Willie Davenport 29 United States USA
5 Frank Siebeck 23 East Germany GDR
6 Leszek Wodzyński 26 Poland POL
7 Lubomír Nádeníček 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Petr Čech 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h1 r2/3 Sergio Liani 29 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/3 Marek Jóźwik 25 Poland POL
6 h1 r2/3 Rich McDonald 23 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Günther Nickel 26 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r2/3 Berwyn Price 21 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/3 Alan Pascoe 24 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Mirosław Wodzyński 21 Poland POL
8 h2 r2/3 Marco Acerbi 23 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/3 Eckart Berkes 23 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r1/3 Danny Smith 20 Bahamas BAH
4 h4 r1/3 Abdoulaye Sarr 24 Senegal SEN
4 h5 r1/3 Godfrey Murray 22 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r1/3 Adeola Aboyade-Cole 22 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r1/3 Viktor Myasnikov 23 Soviet Union URS
5 h3 r1/3 Jesper Tørring 24 Denmark DEN
5 h4 r1/3 Manfred Schumann 21 West Germany FRG
5 h5 r1/3 Loránd Milassin 24 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r1/3 Arnaldo Bristol 26 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h2 r1/3 Bo Forssander 30 Sweden SWE
6 h3 r1/3 Mal Baird 24 Australia AUS
6 h4 r1/3 Beat Pfister 23 Switzerland SUI
6 h5 r1/3 Dave Wilson 20 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/3 Ishtiaq Mubarak 24 Malaysia MAS
7 h2 r1/3 Alberto Matos 28 Portugal POR
7 h3 r1/3 Simbara Maki 33 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
7 h4 r1/3 Moreldin Mohamed Hamdi Sudan SUD
7 h5 r1/3 Tony Nelson 21 Canada CAN
8 h1 r1/3 Muhammad Ahmed Bashir 22 Pakistan PAK
8 h2 r1/3 Lee Chung-Ping 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC h3 r1/3 Giuseppe Buttari 21 Italy ITA
AC h4 r1/3 Alejandro Casañas 18 Cuba CUB