Biathlon at the 1972 Winter Olympics

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at the XI Olympic Winter Games
Venue Makomanai Biathlon Site
Dates 9–11 February
Competitors 62 from 14 nations
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Biathlon at the 1972 Winter Olympics consisted of two biathlon events, held at Makomanai Biathlon Site. The events began on 9 February and ended on 11 February 1972.[1]

Medal summary[edit]

Five nations won medals in biathlon, the Soviet Union and Norway leading the medal table with one gold medal each, while East Germany were the only country to win more than one medal. Hansjörg Knauthe, who was part of both East German medals, was the only athlete to win more than one medal.

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 1 0 0 1
 Soviet Union (URS) 1 0 0 1
3  East Germany (GDR) 0 1 1 2
4  Finland (FIN) 0 1 0 1
5  Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1
Total 2 2 2 6


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Magnar Solberg
1:15:55.5 Hansjörg Knauthe
 East Germany
1:16:07.6 Lars-Göran Arwidson
 Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksandr Tikhonov
Rinnat Safin
Ivan Biakov
Viktor Mamatov
1:51:44.9  Finland (FIN)
Esko Saira
Juhani Suutarinen
Heikki Ikola
Mauri Röppänen
1:54:37.3  East Germany (GDR)
Hansjörg Knauthe
Joachim Meischner
Dieter Speer
Horst Koschka

Participating nations[edit]

Fourteen nations sent biathletes to compete in Sapporo. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors. Italy made its Olympic biathlon debut.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The XI Olympic Winter Games Sapporo 1972" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIth Olympic Winter Games. LA84 Foundation. 1972. Retrieved September 20, 2013.