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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 2, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972

Gold: USA Mark Spitz
Silver: USA Jerry Heidenreich
Bronze: URS Vladimir Bure


[Mark Spitz] had already won five gold medals in Munich, in his attempt to win seven golds in seven events. The day after the 100 freestyle final he would swim the medley relay final for the United States, which was pretty much a given for another gold medal. So his quest to win 7 in 7 came down to this race, the one race in which he was considered slightly vulnerable, as his teammate [Jerry Heidenreich] was a formidable challenger. The day before the final, in the heats and semis, he had held back and had not won either race. He considered dropping out of the final, to preserve his perfect record in Munich, but elected to race and go for seven.

Spitz started the final out fast, which surprised Heidenreich. He reached the turn well ahead and then hung on, as Heidenreich closed fast, but it was not enough to prevent Spitz from winning his sixth gold medal in Munich. Soviet Russian [Vladimir Bure] won the bronze medal. His son, [Pavel Bure], later played for the Soviet and Russian national teams in ice hockey, and played for 12 years in the NHL.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mark Spitz 22 United States USA Gold WR
2 Jerry Heidenreich 22 United States USA Silver
3 Vladimir Bure 21 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 John Murphy 19 United States USA
5 Mike Wenden 22 Australia AUS
6 Igor Grivennikov 20 Soviet Union URS
7 Michel Rousseau 23 France FRA
8 Klaus Steinbach 18 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r2/3 José Roberto Aranha 21 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r2/3 Bob Kasting 21 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Brian Phillips 18 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Georgijs Kuļikovs 25 Soviet Union URS
7 h1 r2/3 Peter Bruch 16 East Germany GDR
7 h2 r2/3 Jorge Comas 18 Spain ESP
8 h1 r2/3 Kersten Meier 18 West Germany FRG
8 h2 r2/3 Greg Rogers 24 Australia AUS
1 h1 r1/3 Rui Oliveira 19 Brazil BRA
2 h1 r1/3 Gilles Vigne 22 France FRA
2 h2 r1/3 Colin Herring 19 New Zealand NZL
3 h1 r1/3 Wilfried Hartung 19 East Germany GDR
3 h2 r1/3 Alain Hermitte 23 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Malcolm Windeatt 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 István Szentirmay 23 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/3 Hanspeter Würmli 19 Switzerland SUI
4 h4 r1/3 Hartmut Flöckner 19 East Germany GDR
4 h5 r1/3 Paulo Zanetti 19 Brazil BRA
4 h6 r1/3 Gerhard Schiller 23 West Germany FRG
4 h7 r1/3 Fritz Warncke 16 Norway NOR
5 h1 r1/3 Geoffrey Ferreira 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h2 r1/3 Antonio Ferracuti El Salvador ESA
5 h3 r1/3 Neil Rogers 19 Australia AUS
5 h4 r1/3 Bruce Robertson 19 Canada CAN
5 h5 r1/3 Brian Brinkley 18 Great Britain GBR
5 h6 r1/3 Attila Császári 18 Hungary HUN
5 h7 r1/3 Roberto Pangaro 22 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/3 Roberto Strauss 20 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/3 Sandro Rudan 19 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h3 r1/3 Samnang Prak 23 Cambodia CAM
6 h4 r1/3 Feridun Aybars 20 Turkey TUR
6 h5 r1/3 Zbigniew Pacelt 21 Poland POL
6 h6 r1/3 Finnur Garðarsson 20 Iceland ISL
6 h7 r1/3 Marian Slavic 26 Romania ROU
7 h2 r1/3 Bruno Bassoul 15 Lebanon LIB
7 h5 r1/3 Andrew Hunter 19 Ireland IRL
7 h6 r1/3 Salvador Vilanova 19 El Salvador ESA
7 h7 r1/3 Jorge van Balen 18 Venezuela VEN
8 h5 r1/3 Abdullah Abdulrahman 16 Kuwait KUW
8 h6 r1/3 Ronnie Wong 20 Hong Kong HKG