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Equestrianism at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Dressage Grounds, Nymphenburg, München
Date Started: September 7, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 1972
Format: Two rounds, total score to determine placement.

Gold: FRG Liselott Linsenhoff
Silver: URS Yelena Petushkova
Bronze: FRG Josef Neckermann

Summary

Dressage was held at a temporary facility set up on the grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace, a Baroque Palace in München. The Palace, built in the 17th century, had been the summer residence of the house of Wittelsbach. The decision by the OCOG to move dressage to Nymphenburg, was hotly disputed. The decision to hold dressage in Nymphenburg instead of Riem was influenced by a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965. When she was in München, the 1964 German Olympic gold medal team gave a 10-minute dressage demonstration in front of the castle, which enchanted the Queen and influenced the München OCOG’s decision.

The event again consisted of a preliminary and final round, with the top 12 finishers in the preliminaries advancing to the finals. The top 12 final placements were based only on the score in the final round. Women were first allowed to compete in dressage at the 1952 Olympics and this event was becoming more and more dominated by women, with 21 of the 33 competitors in 1972, females also winning the gold and silver medals. One female competitor was Britain’s Lorna Johnstone, born in 1902, and at 70 years, 3 days old on the day dressage started, the oldest ever female Olympian.

Liselott Linsenhoff had first competed at the 1956 Olympics, winning an individual dressage bronze, but she next appeared at the 1968 Olympics, where she helped Germany win team gold. In München she had the highest score both in the qualifying and final round to win the gold medal. Second went to Soviet Yelena Petushkova, who was also second in both rounds. Linsenhoff’s teammate, Josef Neckermann, won his third consecutive individual dressage medal, after a bronze in 1964 and silver in 1968. Petushkova was married, for a time, to Soviet high jump champion Valery Brumel.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Liselott Linsenhoff 44 West Germany FRG Piaff Gold 1,229
2 Yelena Petushkova 31 Soviet Union URS Pepel Silver 1,185
3 Josef Neckermann 60 West Germany FRG Venetia Bronze 1,177
4 Ivan Kizimov 44 Soviet Union URS Ikhor 1,159
5 Ivan Kalita 45 Soviet Union URS Tarif 1,130
6 Ulla Håkansson 34 Sweden SWE Ajax 1,126
7 Karin Schlüter 35 West Germany FRG Liostro 1,113
8 Maud von Rosen 46 Sweden SWE Lucky Boy 1,088
9 Christilot Hanson-Boylen 25 Canada CAN Armagnac 1,081
10 Ninna Swaab 32 Sweden SWE Casanova 1,067
11 Aksel Malling Mikkelsen 24 Denmark DEN Talisman 1,060
12 Lorna Johnstone 69 Great Britain GBR El Farruco 1,036
13 Gerhard Brockmüller 31 East Germany GDR Marios 1,545
14 Ulla Petersen 39 Denmark DEN Chigwell 1,534
15 Christine Stückelberger 25 Switzerland SUI Granat 1,528
16 Wolfgang Müller 40 East Germany GDR Semafor 1,521
17 Horst Köhler 33 East Germany GDR Imanuel 1,486
18 Anny van Doorne 42 Netherlands NED Pericles 1,480
19 Edith Master 40 United States USA Dahlwitz 1,480
20 Charlotte Ingemann 25 Denmark DEN Souliman 1,475
21 Hermann Dür 47 Switzerland SUI Sod 1,466
22 John Winnett 43 United States USA Reinald 1,458
23 Patrick le Rolland 29 France FRA Cramique 1,451
24 Jennie Loriston-Clarke 29 Great Britain GBR Kadett 1,450
25 Sylvio de Rezende 54 Brazil BRA Othelo 1,431
26 Cindy Neale-Ishoy 20 Canada CAN Bonne Année 1,424
27 Cees Benedictus-Lieftinck 52 Netherlands NED Turista 1,420
28 John Swaab 43 Netherlands NED Maharadscha 1,409
29 Marita Aeschbacher 31 Switzerland SUI Charlamp 1,389
30 Lorraine Stubbs 22 Canada CAN Venezuela 1,379
31 Lois Stephens 49 United States USA Fasching 1,345
32 Kikuko Inoue 47 Japan JPN Don Carlos 1,313
33 Margaret Lawrence 47 Great Britain GBR San Fernando 1,242