Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Canoe Slalom Course, Augsburg
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: August 30, 1972
Format: Two runs, best score of two to count.
Canoe slalom doubles appeared at the Olympics for the first time in 1972 (and for the last time until 1992) and, unlike in the sprint events, up to two teams from a single nation were allowed to compete. Jürgen Kretschmer and Klaus Trummer of East Germany were the reigning World Champions, while French brothers Jean-Louis and Jean-Claude Olry had won the tournament in 1969. These two nations were third and fourth respectively after the first round, which was won by Walter Hofmann and Rolf-Dieter Amend of East Germany, the reigning World runners-up in the C-2 and champions in the C-2 team with Kretschmer and Trummer. Their counterparts in the West held the number two position with Hans-Otto Schumacher and Willi Baues. Neither East German team improved upon their record in the second run, which was enough for Hofmann and Amend to earn gold, but France bettered its time sufficiently to leapfrog ahead of Schumacher and Baues. The West Germans, however, performed even better in run two and maintained their silver medal position, leaving France with bronze and Kretschmer and Trummer, who failed to post a score, off the podium.