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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

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

Gold: GDR Roland Matthes
Silver: USA Mike Stamm
Bronze: USA Mitch Ivey


[Roland Matthes] had won this event and the 100 backstroke in 1968. Since Mexico City he had bettered the world record in the 200 back five times and the 100 back four times. Four days before this event he had defended his gold medal in the 100 backstroke and he started the 200 back as the clear favorite. The final saw Matthes started slowly as the early lead was set by American [Mitch Ivey], followed by his teammate [Mike Stamm], silver medalist in the 100 back. Ivey still led at 100 metres but Matthes had moved into second, but he caught Ivey at 125 metres and had a full bodylength lead by the final turn, the race all but over. He eventually won by over a second, but Stamm came on strong to catch a tiring Ivey and won the silver medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Roland Matthes 21 East Germany GDR Gold =WR
2 Mike Stamm 20 United States USA Silver
3 Mitch Ivey 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Brad Cooper 18 Australia AUS
5 Tim McKee 19 United States USA
6 Lothar Noack 19 East Germany GDR
7 Zoltán Verrasztó 16 Hungary HUN
8 Jean-Paul Berjeau 19 France FRA
2 h1 r1/2 Colin Cunningham 17 Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r1/2 Neil Martin 17 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/2 Bill Kennedy 19 Canada CAN
3 h2 r1/2 Nenad Miloš 17 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h3 r1/2 Massimo Nistri 16 Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/2 Bob Schoutsen 21 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/2 Anders Sandberg 19 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Rafael Rocha 16 Mexico MEX
4 h2 r1/2 Lutz Wanja 16 East Germany GDR
4 h3 r1/2 José Urueta 16 Mexico MEX
4 h4 r1/2 Tadashi Honda 20 Japan JPN
4 h5 r1/2 Ejvind Pedersen 22 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r1/2 Ian MacKenzie 18 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/2 Sarun Van 23 Cambodia CAM
5 h3 r1/2 Lars Børgesen 18 Denmark DEN
5 h4 r1/2 Róbert Rudolf 15 Hungary HUN
5 h5 r1/2 Helmut Podolan 16 Austria AUT
6 h1 r1/2 Sergio Hasbún 24 El Salvador ESA
6 h2 r1/2 Chiang Jin Choon 15 Malaysia MAS
6 h3 r1/2 Rômulo Arantes Filho 15 Brazil BRA
6 h4 r1/2 John Hawes 21 Canada CAN
6 h5 r1/2 Pierre Baehr 18 France FRA
7 h1 r1/2 Mark Crocker 16 Hong Kong HKG
7 h3 r1/2 Gerardo Rosario 20 Philippines PHI
7 h4 r1/2 Norbert Verweyen 21 West Germany FRG
7 h5 r1/2 Bruce Featherston 20 Australia AUS
8 h4 r1/2 Predrag Miloš 17 Yugoslavia YUG
8 h5 r1/2 Gustavo González 19 Argentina ARG