Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympiastadion, Munich
Dates September 10
Competitors 74 from 39 nations
Winning time 2:12:19
1st, gold medalist(s) Frank Shorter  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Karel Lismont  Belgium
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mamo Wolde  Ethiopia
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Athletics at the
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The official results of the Men's Marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany held on Sunday September 10, 1972. The race started at 15:00h local time. A total number of 62 athletes completed the race, with Maurice Charlotin from Haiti finishing in 62nd and last position in 3:29:21. There were 74 competitors from 39 countries. Twelve of them did not finish.[1]

The marathon route in the 1972 Olympics was created to resemble the mascot, Waldi. The course was arranged so that the head of the dog faced west, with athletes running counter-clockwise, starting at the back of the dog's neck and continuing around the ears. The mouth of the dog was represented by the path through the Nymphenburg Park, and its front feet were represented by the run though the Hirschgarten. The belly was the main downtown street in Munich, and its rear feet, rear end and tail were all in the English Garden, a parkland extending along the Isar River. The athletes continued along the back of the dog and entered the Olympic Stadium.[2]

American Frank Shorter, who was born in Munich, became the first from his country in 64 years to win the Olympic marathon. As Shorter was nearing the stadium, German student Norbert Sudhaus entered the stadium wearing a West German track uniform, joined the race and ran the last kilometre. Thinking he was the winner, the crowd began cheering him before officials realized the hoax and security escorted Sudhaus off the track. Arriving seconds later, Shorter was perplexed to see someone ahead of him and to hear the boos and catcalls that were meant for Sudhaus. This was the third time in Olympic history that an American had won the marathon (after Thomas Hicks 1904 and Johnny Hayes 1908) — and in none of those three instances did the winner enter the stadium first.

Final ranking[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Frank Shorter (USA) 2:12:19
2  Karel Lismont (BEL) 2:14:31
3  Mamo Wolde (ETH) 2:15:08
4.  Kenny Moore (USA) 2:15:39
5.  Kenji Kimihara (JPN) 2:16:27
6.  Ron Hill (GBR) 2:16:30
7.  Donald MacGregor (GBR) 2:16:34
8.  Jack Foster (NZL) 2:16:56
9.  Jack Bacheler (USA) 2:17:38
10.  Lengissa Bedane (ETH) 2:18:36
11.  Seppo Nikkari (FIN) 2:18:49
12.  Akio Usami (JPN) 2:18:58
13.  Derek Clayton (AUS) 2:19:49
14.  Yury Velikorodnykh (URS) 2:20:02
15.  Anatolijus Baranovas (URS) 2:20:10
16.  Paul Angenvoorth (FRG) 2:20:19
17.  Richard Mabuza (SWZ) 2:20:39
18.  Demissie Wolde (ETH) 2:20:44
19.  Reino Paukkonen (FIN) 2:21:06
20.  Colin Kirkham (GBR) 2:21:54
21.  Antonio Brutti (ITA) 2:22:12
22.  Dave McKenzie (NZL) 2:22:19
23.  Daniel McDaid (IRL) 2:22:25
24.  Renato Martini (ITA) 2:22:41
25.  Eckhard Lesse (GDR) 2:22:49
26.  Jacinto Sabinal (MEX) 2:22:56
27.  Gyula Tóth (HUN) 2:22:59
28.  Fernand Kolbeck (FRA) 2:23:01
29.  Hernán Barreneche (COL) 2:23:40
30.  Jørgen Jensen (DEN) 2:24:00
31.  Manfred Steffny (FRG) 2:24:25
32.  Lutz Philipp (FRG) 2:24:25
33.  Ferenc Szekeres (HUN) 2:25:17
34.  Terry Manners (NZL) 2:25:29
35.  Ihor Shcherbak (URS) 2:25:37
36.  Yoshiaki Unetani (JPN) 2:25:59
37.  Kim Chang-son (PRK) 2:26:45
38.  Franco De Menego (ITA) 2:26:52
39.  Agustín Fernández (ESP) 2:27:14
40.  Edward Stawiarz (POL) 2:28:12
41.  Armando Aldegalega (POR) 2:28:24
42.  Desmond McGann (IRL) 2:28:31
43.  Carlos Cuque (GUA) 2:28:37
44.  Alfons Sidler (SUI) 2:29:09
45.  Alfredo Penaloza (MEX) 2:29:51
46.  Walter Van Renterghem (BEL) 2:29:58
47.  Donald Walsh (IRL) 2:31:12
48.  Álvaro Mejía (COL) 2:31:56
49.  Ryu Man-hyong (PRK) 2:32:29
50.  Carlos Pérez (ESP) 2:33:22
51.  Rafael Tadeo (MEX) 2:35:48
52.  Víctor Mora (COL) 2:37:34
53.  Fernando Molina (ARG) 2:38:18
54.  Julio Quevedo (GUA) 2:40:38
55.  Ramón Cabrera (ARG) 2:42:37
56.  Matthews Kambale (MAW) 2:45:50
57.  Hla Thein (BIR) 2:48:53
58.  Ricardo Condori (BOL) 2:56:11
59.  Fulgence Rwabu (UGA) 2:57:04
60.  Bhakta Bahadur Sapkota (NEP) 2:57:58
61.  Crispin Quispe (BOL) 3:07:22
62.  Maurice Charlotin (HAI) 3:29:21
 Gaston Roelants (BEL) DNF
 Rodolfo Gómez (NCA) DNF
 İsmail Akçay (TUR) DNF
 Nazario Araújo (ARG) DNF
 Juvenal Rocha (BOL) DNF
 Pekka Tiihonen (FIN) DNF
 Richard Juma (KEN) DNF
 Jama Awil Aden (SOM) DNF
 Lucien Rosa (SRI) DNF
 Shag Musa Medani (SUD) DNF
 Julius Wakachu (TAN) DNF
 Jit Bahadur Khatri Chhetri (NEP) DNF


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's Marathon". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Martin, David; Gynn, Roger (2000). The Olympic Marathon. Human Kinetics. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-88011-969-6. 

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