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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 7, 1972
Date Finished: September 8, 1972
Format: Scoring by 1962/1971 point tables.

Gold: URS Mykola Avilov
Silver: URS Leonid Lytvynenko
Bronze: POL Ryszard Katus

Summary

The favorite in 1972 was likely East German Joachim Kirst, who had won the 1969 and 1971 European Championships. The decathletes in 1972 were unfortunate as they had to re-open the Olympics, the morning after the postponement to mourn the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. Kirst led after the first day, but hit the third hurdle in the 110 and fell, dropping out. Soviet Nikolay Avilov won the hurdles in 14.31 and took a commanding lead in the competition. As the 1,500 started the only suspense was if Avilov could break Bill Toomey’s world record 8,417 points. Avilov ran 4:22.8 to set a world record with 8,454. In his book, The Decathlon, Frank Zarnowski noted the irony of this victory, “The decathlon award ceremony was an ironic moment in sports history as it was held the very evening Jews celebrate the new year. Sundown, September 8, 1972, ushered in the Hebrew year 5733. Observers of Rosh Hashanah both mourned the slaughter of 11 Israeli athletes and officials and applauded the victory of Nikolay Avilov, a Soviet Jew.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1962HT) P(1971AT) P(1985AT)
1 Mykola Avilov 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 8.454 8.456 8.467 WR
2 Leonid Lytvynenko 23 Soviet Union URS Silver 8.035 8.034 7.970
3 Ryszard Katus 25 Poland POL Bronze 7.984 7.983 7.936
4 Jeff Bennett 23 United States USA 7.974 7.977 7.920
5 Stefan Schreyer 25 East Germany GDR 7.950 7.948 7.907
6 Freddy Herbrand 28 Belgium BEL 7.947 7.948 7.897
7 Steen Smidt-Jensen 27 Denmark DEN 7.947 7.947 7.908
8 Tadeusz Janczenko 26 Poland POL 7.861 7.860 7.789
9 Sepp Zeilbauer 19 Austria AUT 7.741 7.742 7.694
10 Bruce Jenner 22 United States USA 7.722 7.721 7.671
11 Régis Ghesquière 23 Belgium BEL 7.677 7.675 7.611
12 Yves Le Roy 21 France FRA 7.675 7.672 7.633
13 Boris Ivanov 24 Soviet Union URS 7.657 7.657 7.606
14 Roger Lespagnard 25 Belgium BEL 7.519 7.517 7.441
15 Barry King 27 Great Britain GBR 7.468 7.470 7.382
16 Radu Gavrilaş 20 Romania ROU 7.417 7.416 7.357
17 Vijay Singh Chauhan 23 India IND 7.378 7.378 7.306
18 Jean-Pierre Schoebel 23 France FRA 7.273 7.271 7.217
19 Heinz Born 24 Switzerland SUI 7.217 7.217 7.121
20 József Bakai 30 Hungary HUN 7.071 7.071 6.831
21 Jeff Bannister 26 United States USA 7.022 7.023 6.947
22 Wilfred Mwalawanda 27 Malawi MAW 6.227 6.227 6.154
AC Peter Gabbett 30 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Ryszard Skowronek 23 Poland POL DNF
AC Ruedi Mangisch 19 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Luis Flores 24 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Clifford Brooks 28 Barbados BAR DNF
AC Gerry Moro 29 Canada CAN DNF
AC Joachim Kirst 25 East Germany GDR DNF
AC Hans-Joachim Walde 30 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Lennart Hedmark 28 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Hans-Joachim Perk 26 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Horst Beyer 32 West Germany FRG DNF