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Handball at the 1972 München Summer Games

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Host City: München, West Germany
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Events: 1

Participants: 243 (243 men and 0 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: TUN Abderraouf Ben Samir (18 years, 245 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Ellie Edes (34 years, 361 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 45 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal


With the Games held in Germany for the second time, handball was returned to the Olympics. At its 1965 session, the IOC admitted the indoor variant of the sport for the 1972 Olympics. The field version, which had been played at the 1936 Games and demonstrated at the 1952 Olympics, was all but dead by that time; the final World Championships in the sport were held in 1966.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Handball YUG Yugoslavia TCH Czechoslovakia ROU Romania