Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 29, 1972
[Roland Matthes] had won this event and the 200 backstroke in 1968. Since Mexico City he had bettered the world record in the 100 back four times and the 200 back five times. Other than [Mark Spitz], and possibly including him, there was no heavier favorite in Munich. Matthes did not disappoint. He took the lead in the final from the start, with American [Mike Stamm] close at the turn. But he could not match Matthes on the in-run and Matthes defeated Stamm by over a second, with Americans [John Murphy] and [Mitch Ivey] placing third and fourth, respectively. Four days later Matthes would complete the double-double by again winning gold in the 200 backstroke.