Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres

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Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympiastadion
Munich, West Germany
Dates 31 August (heats, quarterfinals)
1 September 1972 (semifinals, final)
Winning time 10.14 seconds
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Valeriy Borzov  Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s) Robert Taylor  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lennox Miller  Jamaica
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Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany, was held at Olympiastadion on 31 August and 1 September.

This event is notable for the absence of Eddie Hart and Rey Robinson for their quarterfinal heats. American sprint coach Stan Wright, apparently working from an outdated schedule and did not have the athletes at the stadium at the correct time. All three qualified American athletes were at the ABC television headquarters known as "Barnathan's Bungalow" watching what they thought were replays of their morning preliminary races. In fact, they were watching live coverage of the races they should have been in. Hart and Robinson, scheduled in the first two races, missed their heats. The athletes rushed to the stadium, Robert Taylor just taking off his warm up uniform before running his later heat.

"These sprinters missed the start-line in their heats! We've handed the 100 to the Russian!"

— Howard Cosell, ABC commentator[1]

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Valeriy Borzov  Soviet Union 10.14
2nd, silver medalist(s) Robert Taylor  United States 10.24
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lennox Miller  Jamaica 10.33
4 Aleksandr Kornelyuk  Soviet Union 10.36
5 Michael Fray  Jamaica 10.40
6 Jobst Hirscht  West Germany 10.40
7 Zenon Nowosz  Poland 10.46
- Hasely Crawford  Trinidad and Tobago DNF
  • Wind speed = 0.3 m/s (0.67 mph)

Preliminaries[edit]

Heats[edit]

The top three runners in each of the nine heats and the next fastest four, advanced to the quarterfinal round.

  Advance on placement
  Advance on time

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Lennox Miller  Jamaica 10.45
2 Amadou Meïté  Côte d'Ivoire 10.51
3 Hans-Jürgen Bombach  East Germany 10.66
4 Rudy Reid  Trinidad and Tobago 10.74
5 Dan Amuke  Kenya 10.76
6 Byambajavyn Enkhbaatar  Mongolia 10.93
7 Samphon Mao  Cambodia 10.95
8 Luis Alers  Puerto Rico 11.09

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Valeriy Borzov  Soviet Union 10.47
2 Mike Sands  Bahamas 10.67
3 Luděk Bohman  Czechoslovakia 10.72
4 Gerhard Wucherer  West Germany 10.82
5 Tadeusz Cuch  Poland 10.89
6 Yeo Kian Chye  Singapore 10.92
7 Alphonse Yanghat  Congo 10.95
8 Andrew Sartee  Liberia 11.09

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Manfred Kokot  East Germany 10.09
2 Sandy Osei-Agyemang  Ghana 10.24
3 Les Piggot  Great Britain 10.47
4 John Mwebi  Kenya 10.49
5 Luís da Silva  Brazil 10.61
6 Kevin Johnson  Bahamas 10.61
7 Mansour Al-Juaid  Saudi Arabia 10.61

Heat four *

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Jaroslav Matoušek  Czechoslovakia 10.37
2 Brian Green  Great Britain 10.41
3 Kouakou Komenan  Côte d'Ivoire 10.50
4 Walter Callander  Bahamas 10.78
5 George Calhern  Virgin Islands 10.90
6 Farhan Navab  Iran 11.02
7 Angel Guerreros  Paraguay 11.12

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Aleksandr Kornelyuk  Soviet Union 10.38
2 Kola Abdulai  Nigeria 10.57
3 Stanisław Wagner  Poland 10.62
4 Juraj Demeč  Czechoslovakia 10.66
5 Félix Mata  Venezuela 10.73
6 Bjarni Stefánsson  Iceland 10.99
7 Younis Abdallah Rabee  Kuwait 11.20

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Rey Robinson  United States 10.56
2 Philippe Clerc  Switzerland 10.58
3 Sammy Monsels  Suriname 10.61
4 George Daniels  Ghana 10.65
5 André Bicaba  Upper Volta 10.71
6 Motsapi Moorosi  Lesotho 10.74
7 William Dralu  Uganda 10.92

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Hasely Crawford  Trinidad and Tobago 10.50
2 Don Halliday  Great Britain 10.58
3 Erik Gustafsson  Finland 10.68
4 Guillermo González  Puerto Rico 10.73
5 Norman Chihota  Tanzania 10.79
6 Egzi Gebre-Gebre  Ethiopia 10.89
7 Pierre-Richard Gaetjens  Haiti 11.50

Heat eight *

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Barka Sy  Senegal 10.30
2 Bernd Borth  East Germany 10.48
3 Audun Garshol  Norway 10.49
4 Su Wen-Ho  Republic of China 10.59
5 Gana Abba Kimet  Chad 10.89
6 Raimo Vilén  Finland 11.00
7 Lionel Caero  Bolivia 11.19

Heat nine

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Alain Sarteur  France 10.42
2 Saleh Alah-Djaba  Chad 10.65
3 Charlie Francis  Canada 10.68
4 Andrés Calonge  Argentina 10.73
5 Laurie D'Arcy  New Zealand 10.77
6 Larmeck Mukonde  Zambia 11.16

Heat ten

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Vasilios Papageorgopoulos  Greece 10.24
2 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa  Madagascar 10.29
3 Michael Fray  Jamaica 10.47
4 Antti Rajamäki  Finland 10.52
5 Ainsley Armstrong  Trinidad and Tobago 10.56
6 Jorge Vizcarrondo  Puerto Rico 10.79
7 Zain-ud-Din bin Abdul Wahab  Malaysia 10.80

Heat eleven

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Eddie Hart  United States 10.47
2 Dominique Chauvelot  France 10.66
3 Klaus Ehl  West Germany 10.67
4 Benedict Majekodunmi  Nigeria 10.70
5 Gaston Malam  Cameroon 10.88
6 Sunil Gunawardene  Sri Lanka 11.00
7 Tukal Mokalam  Philippines 11.02

Heat twelve

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Robert Taylor  United States 10.32
2 Jobst Hirscht  West Germany 10.36
3 Zenon Nowosz  Poland 10.36
4 Vladimir Atamas  Soviet Union 10.51
5 Axel Nepraunik  Austria 10.61
6 André Byrame  France 10.64
7 Moustafa Matola  Malawi 11.31

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top three runners in each of the five heats and the next fastest one, advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Hart failed to appear due to a scheduling error.

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Jobst Hirscht  West Germany 10.25
2 Jaroslav Matoušek  Czechoslovakia 10.35
3 Bernd Borth  East Germany 10.44
4 Philippe Clerc  Switzerland 10.45
5 Ainsley Armstrong  Trinidad and Tobago 10.47
6 Mike Sands  Bahamas 10.50
7 Audun Garshol  Norway 10.55
- Eddie Hart  United States DNS

Heat two

Robinson failed to appear due to a scheduling error.

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa  Madagascar 10.47
2 Brian Green  Great Britain 10.58
3 Kouakou Komenan  Côte d'Ivoire 10.60
4 Stanisław Wagner  Poland 10.61
5 Sandy Osei-Agyemang  Ghana 10.66
6 Erik Gustafsson  Finland 10.78
7 Su Wen-Ho  Republic of China 10.82
- Rey Robinson  United States DNS

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Valeriy Borzov  Soviet Union 10.07 ER
2 Robert Taylor  United States 10.16
3 Hasely Crawford  Trinidad and Tobago 10.18
4 Zenon Nowosz  Poland 10.40
5 Klaus Ehl  West Germany 10.44
6 Les Piggot  Great Britain 10.53
7 Dominique Chauvelot  France 10.54
8 Hans-Jürgen Bombach  East Germany 10.64

Heat four*

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Aleksandr Kornelyuk  Soviet Union 10.23
2 Barka Sy  Senegal 10.27
3 Michael Fray  Jamaica 10.28
4 Kola Abdulai  Nigeria 10.41
5 Antti Rajamäki  Finland 10.43
6 Manfred Kokot  East Germany 10.44
7 Saleh Alah-Djaba  Chad 10.51
8 Charlie Francis  Canada 10.51

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Lennox Miller  Jamaica 10.33
2 Alain Sarteur  France 10.40
3 Vasilios Papageorgopoulos  Greece 10.45
4 Amadou Meïté  Côte d'Ivoire 10.52
5 Luděk Bohman  Czechoslovakia 10.52
6 Don Halliday  Great Britain 10.60
7 Sammy Monsels  Suriname 10.64
8 Vladimir Atamas  Soviet Union 10.83

Semifinals[edit]

The top four runners in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat one

Papageorgopoulos was forced to scratch after he pulled a groin muscle in the quarter-finals.

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Valeriy Borzov  Soviet Union 10.21
2 Hasely Crawford  Trinidad and Tobago 10.36
3 Jobst Hirscht  West Germany 10.36
4 Michael Fray  Jamaica 10.48
5 Alain Sarteur  France 10.51
6 Kouakou Komenan  Côte d'Ivoire 10.57
7 Bernd Borth  East Germany 10.60
- Vasilios Papageorgopoulos  Greece DNS

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Robert Taylor  United States 10.30
2 Lennox Miller  Jamaica 10.31
3 Aleksandr Kornelyuk  Soviet Union 10.35
4 Zenon Nowosz  Poland 10.42
5 Barka Sy  Senegal 10.42
6 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa  Madagascar 10.46
7 Jaroslav Matoušek  Czechoslovakia 10.40
8 Brian Green  Great Britain 10.40

Key: DNF = Did not finish
* Wind assisted

References[edit]