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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


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.

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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