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Rowing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Coxless Fours

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Regatta Course, Oberschleißheim, München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972

Gold: GDR East Germany
Silver: NZL New Zealand
Bronze: FRG West Germany

Summary

East Germany sent its defending Olympic champions, Frank Forberger, Dieter Grahn, Frank Rühle, and Dieter Schubert, known as “The Dresden Four”, to the coxless fours events at the 1972 Games and, as they had not lost an international match since their 1968 victory, they were heavily favored. The Soviet quartet, however, had a faster time in the opening round, while the New Zealand crew defeated the East Germans by a margin of nearly three seconds in the semi-finals. It was quite possible, however, that East Germany was merely conserving its strength, for it had little trouble taking the gold medal in the final. The New Zealanders did not shy away from the challenge, however, and put forth a valiant struggle to best their European adversaries. Their efforts did not win them an Olympic title, but they did net the nation a silver medal, which they earned a comfortable distance ahead of the third-place West Germans.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 East Germany GDR Gold
2 New Zealand NZL Silver
3 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Soviet Union URS
5 Romania ROU
6 Denmark DEN
7 Great Britain GBR
8 Bulgaria BUL
9 Canada CAN
10 Italy ITA
11 Switzerland SUI
12 Cuba CUB
3 h1 r2/4 Hungary HUN
3 h2 r2/4 Argentina ARG
3 h3 r2/4 France FRA
3 h4 r2/4 Norway NOR
4 h1 r2/4 North Korea PRK
4 h2 r2/4 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h3 r2/4 United States USA
4 h4 r2/4 Mexico MEX