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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 29, 1972

Gold: GDR Roland Matthes
Silver: USA Mike Stamm
Bronze: USA John Murphy


[Roland Matthes] had won this event and the 200 backstroke in 1968. Since Mexico City he had bettered the world record in the 100 back four times and the 200 back five times. Other than [Mark Spitz], and possibly including him, there was no heavier favorite in Munich. Matthes did not disappoint. He took the lead in the final from the start, with American [Mike Stamm] close at the turn. But he could not match Matthes on the in-run and Matthes defeated Stamm by over a second, with Americans [John Murphy] and [Mitch Ivey] placing third and fourth, respectively. Four days later Matthes would complete the double-double by again winning gold in the 200 backstroke.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Roland Matthes 21 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Mike Stamm 20 United States USA Silver
3 John Murphy 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Mitch Ivey 23 United States USA
5 Igor Grivennikov 20 Soviet Union URS
6 Lutz Wanja 16 East Germany GDR
7 Jürgen Krüger 17 East Germany GDR
8 Tadashi Honda 20 Japan JPN
5 h1 r2/3 Bob Schoutsen 21 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r2/3 Ejvind Pedersen 22 Denmark DEN
6 h1 r2/3 Jean-Paul Berjeau 19 France FRA
6 h2 r2/3 Erik Fish 20 Canada CAN
7 h1 r2/3 Ian MacKenzie 18 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Clive Rushton 24 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Mike Richards 21 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 Nenad Miloš 17 Yugoslavia YUG
2 h1 r1/3 Zoltán Verrasztó 16 Hungary HUN
2 h2 r1/3 Lars Børgesen 18 Denmark DEN
3 h1 r1/3 Clay Evans 18 Canada CAN
3 h2 r1/3 László Cseh, Sr. 20 Hungary HUN
3 h4 r1/3 Pierre Baehr 18 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Rômulo Arantes Filho 15 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r1/3 José Joaquín Santibáñez 20 Mexico MEX
4 h4 r1/3 Colin Cunningham 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/3 Hsu Tung-Hsiung 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 h2 r1/3 Predrag Miloš 17 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h3 r1/3 Helmut Podolan 16 Austria AUT
5 h4 r1/3 Anders Sandberg 19 Sweden SWE
5 h5 r1/3 Mark Crocker 16 Hong Kong HKG
5 h6 r1/3 Róbert Rudolf 15 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r1/3 Sergio Hasbún 24 El Salvador ESA
6 h2 r1/3 Gustavo González 19 Argentina ARG
6 h3 r1/3 Piotr Dłucik 18 Poland POL
6 h4 r1/3 Neil Martin 17 Australia AUS
6 h6 r1/3 Amin Ahmed Adel Youssef 25 Egypt EGY
7 h1 r1/3 Sarun Van 23 Cambodia CAM
7 h2 r1/3 Gerardo Rosario 20 Philippines PHI
7 h3 r1/3 Andreas Weber 19 West Germany FRG
7 h6 r1/3 Chiang Jin Choon 15 Malaysia MAS