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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972

Gold: URS Valeriy Borzov
Silver: USA Larry Black
Bronze: ITA Pietro Mennea
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The favorites were American Larry Black and Jamaica's Don Quarrie, the 1971 Pan American champion. The 1971 European Champion was Valery Borzov, who had already won the 100 and was expected to challenge. Quarrie sustained a hamstring pull in the semis and did not qualify. Borzov dominated the final, winning by almost two metres over Black, with Italy's Pietro Mennea in third. Black was unfortunate to have drawn lane one in the final, but Borzov won the race by 0.19, so the result might not have changed even with a better lane draw. Borzov later became an IOC Member from the Ukraine in 1994. He also married Soviet gymnastic legend Lyudmila Turishcheva. His 100/200 double was the first ever won by a sprinter from outside North America. Fourth-place finisher Larry Burton later played for five years in the NFL as a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valeriy Borzov 22 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Larry Black 21 United States USA Silver
3 Pietro Mennea 20 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Larry Burton 20 United States USA
5 Chuck Smith 23 United States USA
6 Siegfried Schenke 29 East Germany GDR
7 Martin Jellinghaus 27 West Germany FRG
8 Hans-Joachim Zenk 20 East Germany GDR
5 h1 r3/4 Jaroslav Matoušek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h2 r3/4 Jiří Kynos 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h1 r3/4 Manfred Ommer 21 West Germany FRG
6 h2 r3/4 Ainsley Armstrong 19 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 h1 r3/4 Lucien Sainte-Rose 19 France FRA
7 h2 r3/4 Bruno Cherrier 18 France FRA
8 h2 r3/4 Richard Hardware 21 Jamaica JAM
AC h1 r3/4 Don Quarrie 21 Jamaica JAM
4 h1 r2/4 René Metz 21 France FRA
4 h2 r2/4 Bevan Smith 22 New Zealand NZL
4 h3 r2/4 Philippe Clerc 25 Switzerland SUI
4 h4 r2/4 Vladimir Lovetsky 20 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r2/4 Jimmy Sierra 23 Colombia COL
5 h2 r2/4 George Daniels 22 Ghana GHA
5 h3 r2/4 Edwin Roberts 31 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h4 r2/4 Motsapi Moorosi 27 Lesotho LES
5 h5 r2/4 Francisco García 23 Spain ESP
6 h1 r2/4 Omar Chokhmane 24 Morocco MAR
6 h2 r2/4 Andrés Calonge 27 Argentina ARG
6 h3 r2/4 Pasqualino Abeti 24 Italy ITA
6 h4 r2/4 Su Wen-Ho 26 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h5 r2/4 Trevor James 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 h1 r2/4 Guillermo González 22 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h2 r2/4 Markku Juhola 24 Finland FIN
7 h3 r2/4 Ladislav Kříž 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h4 r2/4 Audun Garshol 20 Norway NOR
7 h5 r2/4 Brian Green 31 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/4 Sunil Gunawardene 22 Sri Lanka SRI
AC h3 r2/4 James Addy 32 Ghana GHA
AC h4 r2/4 Sammy Monsels 19 Suriname SUR
4 h8 r1/4 Dan Amuke 22 Kenya KEN
5 h2 r1/4 Mike Sands 19 Bahamas BAH
5 h5 r1/4 Luiz da Silva 26 Brazil BRA
5 h6 r1/4 Zain-ud-Din bin Abdul Wahab 24 Malaysia MAS
5 h7 r1/4 Kevin Johnson 21 Bahamas BAH
5 h8 r1/4 Nusrat Iqbal Sahi 22 Pakistan PAK
5 h9 r1/4 Tukal Mokalam 23 Philippines PHI
6 h1 r1/4 Solomon Belaye 25 Ethiopia ETH
6 h2 r1/4 Yeo Kian Chye 28 Singapore SIN
6 h3 r1/4 Jean-Pierre Bassegela 25 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
6 h4 r1/4 Gaston Malam 20 Cameroon CMR
6 h5 r1/4 Eston Kaonga 24 Malawi MAW
6 h6 r1/4 Dominic Saidu 22 Liberia LBR
6 h7 r1/4 Ibrahim Saad Abdel Galil Sudan SUD
6 h9 r1/4 William Dralu 25 Uganda UGA
7 h3 r1/4 Hamad Ndee 21 Tanzania TAN
7 h4 r1/4 Gary Georges 19 Haiti HAI
7 h6 r1/4 Said Khalil Al-Dosari 24 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC h8 r1/4 Saleh Alah-Djaba 22 Chad CHA