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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972

Gold: UGA John Akii-Bua
Silver: USA Ralph Mann
Bronze: GBR Dave Hemery


Defending champion [Dave Hemery] was back and was co-favorite with American [Ralph Mann], who had been US Champion from 1969-71 and won the US Olympic Trials. Hemery led the final with a very quick pace, but was surprised when he was caught at the eighth hurdle by Uganda's [John Akii-Bua]. Akii-Bua’s strength showed in the last 100 metres as he won in world record time by 0.69 over the fast-closing Mann, with Hemery getting the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Akii-Bua 22 Uganda UGA Gold WR
2 Ralph Mann 23 United States USA Silver
3 Dave Hemery 28 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Jim Seymour 23 United States USA
5 Rainer Schubert 30 West Germany FRG
6T Stavros Tziortzis 23 Greece GRE
6T Yevgeny Gavrilenko 21 Soviet Union URS
8 Yury Zorin 24 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r2/3 Rolf Ziegler 21 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r2/3 Tadeusz Kulczycki 24 Poland POL
6 h1 r2/3 Ivan Daniš 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h2 r2/3 Gary Knoke 30 Australia AUS
7 h1 r2/3 Viktor Savchenko 23 Soviet Union URS
8 h1 r2/3 Jean-Pierre Corval 23 France FRA
AC h2 r2/3 Dieter Büttner 23 West Germany FRG
AC h2 r2/3 Christian Rudolph 23 East Germany GDR
4 h2 r1/3 Bill Koskei 24 Kenya KEN
4 h3 r1/3 Ari Salin 25 Finland FIN
4 h4 r1/3 Bruce Field 25 Australia AUS
4 h5 r1/3 Roger Johnson 28 New Zealand NZL
5 h1 r1/3 Manuel Soriano 26 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 Giorgio Ballati 26 Italy ITA
5 h3 r1/3 Jean-Pierre Perrinelle 23 France FRA
5 h4 r1/3 Hansjörg Wirz 29 Switzerland SUI
5 h5 r1/3 Mike Murei 22 Kenya KEN
6 h1 r1/3 Fatwell Kimaiyo 25 Kenya KEN
6 h2 r1/3 José Jacinto Hidalgo 29 Venezuela VEN
6 h3 r1/3 José Carvalho 19 Portugal POR
6 h4 r1/3 Dick Bruggeman 25 United States USA
6 h5 r1/3 Lee Chung-Ping 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h1 r1/3 Roberto Frinolli 31 Italy ITA
7 h2 r1/3 Norman Brinkworth 28 Pakistan PAK
7 h3 r1/3 Hassan Bergaoui 22 Tunisia TUN
7 h4 r1/3 Julio Ferrer 19 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h5 r1/3 Gladstone Agbamu 27 Nigeria NGR
8 h1 r1/3 Jean-Aimé Randrianalijaona 26 Madagascar MAD
AC h5 r1/3 John Sherwood 27 Great Britain GBR