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Luge at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Events:

Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Mount Teine Luge Course, Mount Teine
Date Started: February 4, 1972
Date Finished: February 7, 1972
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GDR Wolfgang Scheidel
Silver: GDR Harald Ehrig
Bronze: GDR Wolfram Fiedler

Summary

East Germany’s dominance in this event was unprecedented, with their four lugers taking places 1 through 4. While the Germans had been favourites, a complete sweep was unexpected, especially considering that the East Germans had not won a World or Olympic title in the event since 1967. The winner was [Wolfgang Scheidel], who had been runner-up at the European Championships in 1971 and 1972. He had won his only international title prior to Sapporo in 1965, winning the doubles at the World Championships. Scheidel built up a decent lead on run 1 and 2, with two wins. He then kept his lead without much trouble. Behind him, his compatriots [Harald Ehrig] (European Champion in 1970), and [Wolfram Fiedler] (European Champion in 1972) divided the other medals. Outside the podium, the fourth East German and two West Germans confirmed Germany’s dominance of the sport.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Wolfgang Scheidel 28 East Germany GDR Gold 3:27.58
2 Harald Ehrig 22 East Germany GDR Silver 3:28.39
3 Wolfram Fiedler 20 East Germany GDR Bronze 3:28.73
4 Klaus-Michael Bonsack 30 East Germany GDR 3:29.16
5 Leonhard Nagenrauft 33 West Germany FRG 3:29.67
6 Josef Fendt 24 West Germany FRG 3:30.03
7 Manfred Schmid 27 Austria AUT 3:30.05
8 Paul Hildgartner 19 Italy ITA 3:30.55
9 Karl Brunner 20 Italy ITA 3:30.87
10 Josef Feistmantl 32 Austria AUT 3:31.32
11 Emilio Lechner 31 Italy ITA 3:31.41
12 Janusz Grzemowski 24 Poland POL 3:31.44
13 Lucjan Kudzia 30 Poland POL 3:32.83
14 Christian Strøm 24 Norway NOR 3:33.01
15 Wolfgang Winkler 31 West Germany FRG 3:33.08
16 Rudolf Schmid 20 Austria AUT 3:33.76
17 Hans Wimmer 24 West Germany FRG 3:33.80
18 Masako Eguchi 22 Japan JPN 3:33.81
19 Ryszard Gawior 28 Poland POL 3:34.94
20 Kazuaki Ichikawa 22 Japan JPN 3:34.99
21 Leo Atzwanger 27 Italy ITA 3:35.33
22 Stephen Sinding 20 Norway NOR 3:35.41
23 Franz Schachner 21 Austria AUT 3:35.62
24 Masatoshi Kobayashi 23 Japan JPN 3:36.39
25 Larry Arbuthnot 24 Canada CAN 3:36.57
26 Satoru Arai 24 Japan JPN 3:37.31
27 Mirosław Więckowski 19 Poland POL 3:37.61
28 Jim Murray 25 United States USA 3:37.93
29 Yury Yegorov 24 Soviet Union URS 3:38.00
30 Bjørn Dyrdahl 27 Norway NOR 3:38.05
31 Terry O'Brien 28 United States USA 3:38.24
32 Ralph Havens 28 United States USA 3:38.32
33 Sergey Osipov 21 Soviet Union URS 3:38.99
34 Jonnie Woodall 26 Great Britain GBR 3:40.15
35 David McComb 25 Canada CAN 3:40.43
36 Pierre Larchier 24 France FRA 3:41.76
37 Viktor Ilyin 20 Soviet Union URS 3:42.08
38 Doug Hansen 23 Canada CAN 3:42.22
39 Werner Sele 20 Liechtenstein LIE 3:42.38
40 Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson 28 Great Britain GBR 3:43.61
41 Yury Svetikov 24 Soviet Union URS 3:43.69
42 Richard Liversedge 31 Great Britain GBR 3:46.49
43 Rupert Deen 33 Great Britain GBR 3:55.54
44 Bob Rock, Jr. 22 United States USA 3:59.04
AC Paul Nielsen 24 Canada CAN DNF