West Germany at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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IOC codeFRG
NOCGerman Olympic Sports Confederation
Websitewww.dosb.de (in German, English, and French)
in Munich
Competitors423 (340 men, 83 women) in 23 sports
Flag bearer Detlef Lewe (canoeing)
Medals
Ranked 4th
Gold
13
Silver
11
Bronze
16
Total
40
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Germany (1896–1936, 1952, 1992–)
 Saar (1952)
 United Team of Germany (1956–1964)

West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was the host nation of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. 423 competitors, 340 men and 83 women, took part in 183 events in 23 sports.[1]

Medalists

West Germany finished in fourth position in the final medal rankings, with 13 gold medals and 40 medals overall.

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Heide Rosendahl Athletics Women's long jump 31 August
 Gold Gerhard Auer
Uwe Benter
Peter Berger
Alois Bierl
Hans-Johann Färber
Rowing Men's coxed four 2 September
 Gold Konrad Wirnhier Shooting Mixed skeet 2 September
 Gold Bernd Kannenberg Athletics Men's 50 kilometres walk 3 September
 Gold Klaus Wolfermann Athletics Men's javelin throw 3 September
 Gold Hildegard Falck Athletics Women's 800 metres 3 September
 Gold Ulrike Meyfarth Athletics Women's high jump 4 September
 Gold Jürgen Colombo
Günter Haritz
Udo Hempel
Günther Schumacher
Peter Vonhof
Cycling Men's team pursuit 4 September
 Gold Detlef Lewe Canoeing Men's C-1 1000 metres 9 September
 Gold Christiane Krause
Ingrid Becker
Annegret Richter
Heide Rosendahl
Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres relay 10 September
 Gold Dieter Kottysch Boxing Light middleweight 10 September
 Gold West Germany men's national field hockey team Field hockey Men's tournament 10 September
 Gold Fritz Ligges
Hartwig Steenken
Gerhard Wiltfang
Hans Günter Winkler
Equestrian Team jumping 11 September
 Silver Reinhold Kauder Canoeing Men's slalom C-1 28 August
 Silver Gisela Grothaus Canoeing Women's slalom K-1 30 August
 Silver Hans Fassnacht
Werner Lampe
Klaus Steinbach
Hans Vosseler
Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay 31 August
 Silver Klaus Glahn Judo Men's +93 kg 1 September
 Silver Heide Rosendahl Athletics Women's pentathlon 3 September
 Silver Rudolf Mang Weightlifting Men's +110 kg 6 September
 Silver Rita Wilden Athletics Women's 400 metres 7 September
 Silver Liselott Linsenhoff
Josef Neckermann
Karin Schlüter
Equestrian Team dressage 7 September
 Silver Hans Baumgartner Athletics Men's long jump 9 September
 Silver Hans-Jürgen Veil Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 57 kg 10 September
 Bronze Werner Lampe Swimming Men's 200 metre freestyle 29 August
 Bronze Magdalena Wunderlich Canoeing Women's slalom K-1 30 August
 Bronze Gudrun Beckmann
Heidemarie Reineck
Angela Steinbach
Jutta Weber
Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay 30 August
 Bronze Adolf Seger Wrestling Men's freestyle 74 kg 31 August
 Bronze Hans Lutz Cycling Men's individual pursuit 1 September
 Bronze Ludwig Gössing
Horst Karsten
Harry Klugmann
Karl Schultz
Equestrian Team eventing 1 September
 Bronze Paul Barth Judo Men's 93 kg 1 September
 Bronze Joachim Ehrig
Peter Funnekötter
Franz Held
Wolfgang Plottke
Rowing Men's coxless four 2 September
 Bronze Gudrun Beckmann
Vreni Eberle
Silke Pielen
Heidemarie Reineck
Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay 3 September
 Bronze Peter Hussing Boxing Heavyweight 8 September
 Bronze Ullrich Libor
Peter Naumann
Sailing Flying Dutchman 8 September
 Bronze Wilhelm Kuhweide
Karsten Meyer
Sailing Star 8 September
 Bronze Klaus Ehl
Jobst Hirscht
Karlheinz Klotz
Gerhard Wucherer
Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres relay 10 September
 Bronze Dagmar Käsling
Rita Kühne
Helga Seidler
Monika Zehrt
Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres relay 10 September

Archery

Main article: Archery at the 1972 Summer Olympics

In the first modern archery competition at the Olympics, West Germany entered two men and two women. Their highest placing competitor was Siegfried Ortmann, at 14th place in the men's competition.

Women's Individual Competition:

Men's Individual Competition:

Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's 800 metres

  • Heat — 1:47.3
  • Semifinals — 1:48.8
  • Final — 1:46.5 (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 1:47.8
  • Semifinals — 1:48.8 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — DNF (→ did not advance)

Men's 1500 metres

  • Heat — 3:41.8
  • Semifinals — 3:38.4
  • Final — 3:40.1 (→ 7th place)
  • Heat — 3:40.6
  • Semifinals — 3:43.4 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 3:44.5
  • Semifinals — 3:50.0 (→ did not advance)

Men's 5000 metres

  • Heat — 14:06.6 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 14:15.2 (→ did not advance)

Men's 4 × 100 m Relay

  • Heat — 39.17s
  • Semifinals — 38.86s
  • Final — 38.79s (→
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    Bronze Medal)

Men's High Jump

  • Qualifying Round — 2.15m
  • Final — 2.18m (→ 4th place)
  • Qualification Round — 2.12m (→ did not advance)

Basketball

Main article: Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's Team Competition
  • Lost to Puerto Rico (74-81)
  • Lost to Soviet Union (63-87)
  • Defeated Philippines (93-74)
  • Lost to Italy (57-68)
  • Lost to Yugoslavia (56-81)
  • Defeated Poland (67-65)
  • Defeated Senegal (72-62)
  • 13th/16th place: Lost to Australia (69-70)
  • 11th/12th place: Lost to Spain (83-84) → 12th place

Boxing

Main article: Boxing at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's Flyweight (– 51 kg)

  • First Round — Defeated Phar Khong (CMB), walk-over
  • Second Round — Lost to Orn-Chim Chawalit (THA), 1:4


Men's Bantamweight (– 54 kg)

  • First Round — Bye
  • Second Round — Lost to Joe Destimo (GHA), 2:3


Men's Featherweight (– 57 kg)


Men's Lightweight (– 60 kg)


Men's Welterweight (– 67 kg)


Men's Light Middleweight (– 71 kg)


Men's Middleweight (– 75 kg)

  • First Round — Bye
  • Second Round — Lost to Marvin Johnson (USA), 0:5


Men's Light Heavyweight (– 81 kg)


Men's Heavyweight (+ 81 kg)

Canoeing

Main article: Canoeing at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Cycling

Main article: Cycling at the 1972 Summer Olympics

17 cyclists represented West Germany in 1972.

Individual road race
Team time trial
Sprint
1000m time trial
  • Final — 1:07.21 (→ 4th place)
Tandem
Individual pursuit
Team pursuit

Diving

Main article: Diving at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's 3m Springboard

Men's 10m Platform

Women's 3m Springboard

Women's 10m Platform

Equestrian

Main article: Equestrian at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Fencing

Main article: Fencing at the 1972 Summer Olympics

19 fencers, 13 men and 6 women, represented West Germany in 1972.

Men's foil
Men's team foil
Men's épée
Men's team épée
Men's sabre
Men's team sabre
Women's foil
Women's team foil

Football

Main article: Football at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's Team Competition:

Gymnastics

Main article: Gymnastics at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Handball

Main article: Handball at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's Team Competition
  • Defeated Spain (13-10)
  • Drew with Norway (15-15)
  • Lost to Romania (11-13)
  • Lost to Yugoslavia (15-24)
  • Defeated Hungary (17-14)
  • 5th/6th place: Lost to Soviet Union (16-17) → Sixth place

Hockey

Main article: Field hockey at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's Team Competition
  • Defeated Belgium (5-1)
  • Defeated Malaysia (1-0)
  • Defeated Argentina (2-1)
  • Defeated Pakistan (2-1)
  • Drew with Uganda (1-1)
  • Defeated Spain (2-1)
  • Defeated France (4-0)
  • Defeated The Netherlands (3-0)
  • Defeated Pakistan (1-0) →
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    Gold Medal

Judo

Main article: Judo at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Modern pentathlon

Main article: Modern pentathlon at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Three male pentathletes represented West Germany in 1972.

Men's Individual Competition:

Men's Team Competition:

Alternate Member

Rowing

Main article: Rowing at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's Single Sculls

  • Heat — 7:48.12
  • Repechage — 7:48.11
  • Semi Finals — 8:26.37
  • Final — 7:20.81 (→ 4th place)

Men's Coxed Pairs

  • Heat — 8:02.19
  • Repechage — 8:07.95
  • Semi Finals — 8:19.86
  • Final — 7:21.52 (→ 4th place)

Sailing

Main article: Sailing at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Shooting

Main article: Shooting at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Fourteen male shooters represented West Germany in 1972. Konrad Wirnhier won gold in the skeet.

25 m pistol
50 m pistol
300 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, prone
50 m running target
Trap
Skeet

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's 100m Freestyle

  • Heat — 52.91s
  • Semifinals — 52.87s
  • Final — 52.92s (→ 8th place)
  • Heat — 53.96s
  • Semifinals — 54.35s (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 54.28s (→ did not advance)

Men's 200m Freestyle

  • Heat — 1:55.97
  • Final — 1:53.99 (→
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    Bronze Medal)
  • Heat — 1:55.80
  • Final — 1:56.65 (→ 6th place)
  • Heat — 2:00.27 (→ did not advance)

Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 3:37.59
  • Final — 3:33.90 (→ 6th place)

Men's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 7:53.98
  • Final — 7:41.69 (→
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    Silver Medal)

Volleyball

Main article: Volleyball at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Water polo

Main article: Water polo at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Men's Team Competition
  • Drew with Hungary (3-3)
  • Drew with the Netherlands (4-4)
  • Defeated Greece (3-8)
  • Defeated Australia (6-3)
  • Drew with United States (4-4)
  • Lost to Soviet Union (2-4)
  • Drew with Italy (2-2)
  • Lost to Yugoslavia (4-5) → Fourth place

Weightlifting

Main article: Weightlifting at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Wrestling

Main article: Wrestling at the 1972 Summer Olympics

References

  1. ^ "West Germany at the 1972 Munich Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2011-02-21.