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Sailing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Mixed Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Outer Fjord, Kiel-Schilksee
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: September 8, 1972
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: FRA France
Bronze: FRG West Germany

Summary

In 1968 Rodney Pattisson had skippered his boat to a gold medal in this event in what is considered the most dominant performance in Olympic history, winning five of seven races, finishing second in the other, and being disqualified after winning another race. He returned in 1972 with a different crew member, Christopher Davies, and they defended the British gold medal with a performance that was almost as impressive as in 1968. Pattisson and Davies won four the first six races, and sat out the final race, having secured the gold medal without having to sail.

The Israeli crew of Itzhak Nir and Yair Michaeli finished 26th, and they also did not start the final race. The sixth race took place on Tuesday, 5 September, the same day that cowardly Arab terrorists from the Black September group kidnapped and murdered 11 Israeli athletes and coaches in the Olympic Village and at Fürstenfeldbruck Airport outside of München. The Games were delayed one day for a memorial service on 6 September. In Kiel, the races on 7 September were delayed by heavy fog, so the final race took place on 8 September but Nir and Michaeli chose not to participate.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Great Britain GBR Gold 22.7 57.7
2 France FRA Silver 40.7 58.7
3 West Germany FRG Bronze 51.1 71.1
4 Brazil BRA 62.4 87.4
5 Yugoslavia YUG 63.7 85.7
6 Soviet Union URS 67.7 84.7
7 Denmark DEN 74.4 96.4
8 Australia AUS 75.7 103.7
9 New Zealand NZL 79.0 106.0
10 Netherlands NED 96.0 129.0
11 Italy ITA 103.0 128.0
12 Sweden SWE 104.0 142.0
13 East Germany GDR 104.7 138.7
14 Norway NOR 109.7 139.7
15 Canada CAN 117.0 144.0
16 Hungary HUN 120.0 152.0
17 Ireland IRL 127.0 159.0
18 Austria AUT 127.0 162.0
19 Japan JPN 128.0 155.0
20 Switzerland SUI 129.0 160.0
21 Poland POL 137.0 173.0
22 Greece GRE 137.0 172.0
23 United States USA 140.0 178.0
24 Hong Kong HKG 156.0 191.0
25 Mexico MEX 169.0 203.0
26 Israel ISR 171.0 206.0
27 Puerto Rico PUR 179.0 213.0
28 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 185.0 220.0
29 India IND 201.0 236.0