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Cycling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Cycling Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: FRA Daniel Morelon
Silver: AUS John Nicholson
Bronze: URS Omar Pkhak'adze


The defending champion, [Daniel Morelon] (FRA), was an overwhelming favorite. He had been World Champion in 1969-71 and had won the most important invitational, the Grand Prix de Paris, in 1970 and 1971. The field was enormous with 51 starters from 29 nations, and it took six separate rounds and repêchages just to sort out the quarter-finalists. From the quarter-finals onwards, all matches were best two of three races. Morelon took part in nine races and won them all, facing minimal challenges en route to the gold medal. In the semi-finals he took out the Netherlands’ [Klaas Balk]. But the other semi saw an upset as the 1975 World Champion, [Omar Pkhakadze] (URS/GEO), lost in two straight races to Australian, [John Nicholson], who had been runner-up at the 1975 Grand Prix de Paris. For Morelon it was his third straight medal in the event and he would return in 1976 to win a fourth, placing second that year. He also added two more World Championships in 1973 and 1975.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Daniel Morelon 28 France FRA Gold
2 John Nicholson 23 Australia AUS Silver
3 Omar Pkhak'adze 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Klaas Balk 23 Netherlands NED
5T Niels Fredborg 25 Denmark DEN
5T Hans-Jürgen Geschke 29 East Germany GDR
5T Massimo Marino 18 Italy ITA
5T Peter van Doorn 26 Netherlands NED
2 h1 r7/10 Karl Köther 30 West Germany FRG
2 h2 r7/10 Vladimír Vačkář 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
2 h1 r6/10 Ivan Kučírek 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
2 h2 r6/10 Robert Maveau 27 Belgium BEL
2 h3 r6/10 Leslie King 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
2 h4 r6/10 Peder Pedersen 26 Denmark DEN
3 h1 r6/10 Gérard Quintyn 25 France FRA
3 h2 r6/10 Ezio Cardi 23 Italy ITA
3 h3 r6/10 Serhiy Kravtsov 24 Soviet Union URS
3 h4 r6/10 Andrzej Bek 21 Poland POL
2 h1 r4/10 Jeffrey Spencer 21 United States USA
2 h2 r4/10 Benedykt Kocot 18 Poland POL
2 h3 r4/10 Roger Young 19 United States USA
2 h4 r4/10 Dieter Berkmann 22 West Germany FRG
2 h5 r4/10 Honson Chin 16 Jamaica JAM
2 h6 r4/10 Ernie Crutchlow 23 Great Britain GBR
2 h7 r4/10 Yoshikazu Cho 18 Japan JPN
2 h8 r4/10 Carlos Reybaud 22 Argentina ARG
3 h6 r4/10 Neville Hunte 24 Guyana GUY
3 h7 r4/10 Ed McRae 19 Canada CAN
3 h8 r4/10 Geoff Cooke 28 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r2/10 Hector Edwards 23 Barbados BAR
2 h2 r2/10 Werner Otto 24 East Germany GDR
2 h3 r2/10 Taworn Tarwan 24 Thailand THA
2 h4 r2/10 Félix Suárez 21 Spain ESP
2 h5 r2/10 Jairo Díaz 27 Colombia COL
2 h6 r2/10 Kensley Reece 27 Barbados BAR
2 h7 r2/10 Maurice Hugh-Sam 17 Jamaica JAM
2 h8 r2/10 Yaichi Numata 21 Japan JPN
2 h10 r2/10 Arturo Cambroni 19 Mexico MEX
2 h11 r2/10 Jefrey Burnside 21 Bahamas BAH
2 h12 r2/10 Carlos Galeano 22 Colombia COL
3 h2 r2/10 Suriya Chiarasapawong 23 Thailand THA
3 h4 r2/10 Shue Ming-Fa 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
3 h5 r2/10 Winston Attong 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
3 h7 r2/10 Daud Ibrahim 25 Malaysia MAS
AC h3 r2/10 Manu Snellinx 24 Belgium BEL DQ
AC h9 r2/10 Víctor Limba 24 Argentina ARG DQ