Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Regatta Course, OberschleiÃheim, MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972
One half of the Soviet Unionâs reigning Olympic champion crew in the double sculls, [Aleksandr Timoshinin], journeyed to Munich to defend his title, where he was joined by [Gennady Korshikov], who had won a bronze medal in the event at the 1971 European Championships. There were certainly contenders for gold, but they would not go unchallenged. The reigning European champions, [Joachim BÃ¶hmer] and [Uli Schmied] of East Germany, were present, as were the current World Champions, [Niels Henry Secher] and [JÃ¸rgen Engelbrecht] of Denmark. BÃ¶hmer and Schmied had been the runners-up at the 1970 World Championships, while [Frank Hansen] and [Svein ThÃ¸gersen] of Norway were the most recent European silver medalists. Also in the running were Britainâs [Tim Crooks] and [Patrick Delafield], victors in the 1972 Double Sculls Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, and [Tom McKibbon] and [John Van Blom] of the United States, who had won the 1969 European Championships and the 1970 Double Sculls Challenge Cup, and taken bronze at the 1970 World Championships. McKibbon and [John Nunn] had also been bronze medalists at the 1971 Pan American Games.
Three of the four opening heats were won by Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the Czechoslovakian duo of [Josef Straka, Jr.] and [Vladek Lacina] in the only sub-seven minute times of the round. Denmark won its heat by a comfortable five second margin, but much slower than many nations from the other heats. The Americans were eliminated in the round one repÃªchage, but all of the other major contenders, including the Czechoslovakians, survived the semi-finals. The race for gold came down to Norway and the Soviet Union at the end, the latter of whom defended their title with less than a second to spare. BÃ¶hmer and Schmied, the only crew anywhere close to the leaders, arrived nearly three seconds later for a comfortable bronze medal finish. Norwayâs silver was the nationâs first Olympic rowing medal since 1948, the first time it finished better than third, and its first top-five finish for an event with a crew size smaller than four.
|3 h1 r2/4||United States||USA|
|3 h2 r2/4||Argentina||ARG|
|3 h3 r2/4||Mexico||MEX|
|3 h4 r2/4||Japan||JPN|
|4 h1 r2/4||Canada||CAN|
|4 h3 r2/4||Portugal||POR|
|4 h4 r2/4||Austria||AUT|