Soviet Union at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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Soviet Union at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Flag of the Soviet Union (1955–1980).svg
IOC code URS
NOC Soviet Olympic Committee
in Munich
Competitors 371 (298 men, 73 women)[1] in 22 sports
Flag bearer Alexander Medved
Medals
Ranked 1st
Gold
50
Silver
27
Bronze
22
Total
99
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Estonia (1920–1936, 1992–)
 Latvia (1924–1936, 1992–)
 Lithuania (1924–1928, 1992–)
 Unified Team (1992)
 Armenia (1994–)
 Belarus (1994–)
 Georgia (1994–)
 Kazakhstan (1994–)
 Kyrgyzstan (1994–)
 Moldova (1994–)
 Russia (1994–)
 Ukraine (1994–)
 Uzbekistan (1994–)
 Azerbaijan (1996–)
 Tajikistan (1996–)
 Turkmenistan (1996–)

The Soviet Union (USSR) competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. 371 competitors, 298 men and 73 women, took part in 180 events in 22 sports.[2]

Medalists[edit]

The USSR finished first in the final medal rankings, with 50 gold and 99 total medals.

Gold[edit]

Med 1.png

Athletics[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Canoeing[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Diving[edit]

Equestrian[edit]

Fencing[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

Judo[edit]

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Rowing[edit]

Men's single sculls – 1st place (Med 1.png gold medal)
Men's double sculls – 1st place (Med 1.png gold medal)

Sailing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Volleyball[edit]

Water polo[edit]

Weightlifting[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Silver[edit]

Med 2.png

Athletics[edit]

Equestrian[edit]

Fencing[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

Judo[edit]

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Weightlifting[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Bronze[edit]

Med 3.png

Archery[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Fencing[edit]

Football (soccer)[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

Judo[edit]

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Sailing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Volleyball[edit]

Weightlifting[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Results by event[edit]

Archery[edit]

In the first modern archery competition at the Olympics, the Soviet Union entered three men and three women. They took home a bronze medal as four of their archers, including all three women, finished in the top 8.

Women's individual competition:

Men's individual competition:

Athletics[edit]

Men's 100 metres

  • First heat — 10.51s (→ did not advance)

Men's 800 metres

  • Heat — 1:48.3
  • Semifinals — 1:46.3
  • Final — 1:45.9
  • Heat — 1:51.0
  • Semifinals — 1:49.6 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 1:48.6
  • Semifinals — 1:50.1 (→ did not advance)

Men's 1,500 metres

  • Heat — 3:42.3
  • Semifinals — 3:41.6
  • Final — 3:40.2 (→ 8th place)
  • Heat — DNS (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 3:42.3 (→ did not advance)

Men's 5000 metres

  • Heat — 13:57.6 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 14:08.6 (→ did not advance)

Men's 4 × 100 m relay

  • Heat — 39.15s
  • Semifinals — 39.00s
  • Final — 38.50s (→ Med 2.png Silver medal)

Men's high jump

  • Qualifying round — 2.15m
  • Final — 2.23m (→ Med 1.png Gold medal)
  • Qualifying round — 2.15m
  • Final — 2.15m (→ 8th place)
  • Qualifying round — 2.15m
  • Final — 2.15m (→ 12th place)

Women's javelin throw

  • Qualifying round — 55.90 m
  • Final — 56.36 m (→ 8th place)

Basketball[edit]

Men's team competition
  • Preliminary round (group B)
  • Defeated Senegal (94–52)
  • Defeated West Germany (87–63)
  • Defeated Italy (79–66)
  • Defeated Poland (94–64)
  • Defeated Puerto Rico (100–87)
  • Defeated Philippines (111–80)
  • Defeated Yugoslavia (74–67)
  • Semifinals
  • Defeated Cuba (67–60)
  • Final
  • Defeated United States (51–50) → Med 1.png Gold medal

Boxing[edit]

Men's light middleweight (– 71 kg)

  • First round — bye
  • Second round — defeated Reggie Jones (USA), 3:2
  • Third round — lost to Alan Minter (GBR), 0:5

Men's heavyweight (+ 81 kg)

Canoeing[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Fifteen cyclists represented the Soviet Union in 1972.

Individual road race
Team time trial
Sprint
1000m time trial
  • Final — 1:07.73 (→ 8th place)
Tandem
Team pursuit

Diving[edit]

Men's 3m springboard

Men's 10m platform

Women's 3m springboard

Women's 10m platform

  • Alla Seiina – 314.76 points (10th place)
  • Natalia Kuznecova – 184.02 points (13th place)
  • Tatjana Shtyreva – 177.33 points (19th place)

Equestrian[edit]

Fencing[edit]

20 fencers, 15 men and 5 women, represented the Soviet Union 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[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

Handball[edit]

Men's team competition

The Soviet team came away from the three-game opening round with no losses, but only one win. Ties with Denmark and Sweden and a win over Poland put the Soviet Union in a tie with Sweden at the top of the division. Since both teams moved on to the second round, the fact that Sweden won the tie-breaker mattered little. The Soviets' hopes were high after the first game of the second round, a win over East Germany that put the team on top of the division. However, their subsequent loss to Czechoslovakia dropped them to third in the group. This meant that they played in a game for fifth and sixth place against host nation West Germany. Their win was little consolation for being eliminated from medal contention.

Men's team competition:

  • Soviet Union – 5th place (3–1–2)
  • Team roster

Judo[edit]

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Three male pentathletes represented the Soviet Union in 1972.

Men's individual competition

Men's team competition

  • Onishenko, Lednev and Shmelev — 15968 pts (→ Med 1.png Gold medal)

Rowing[edit]

The Soviet Union had 26 male rowers participate in all seven rowing events in 1972.[3]

Men's single sculls

  • Heat — 7:42.67
  • Semifinals — 8:13.49
  • Final — 7:10.12 (→ Med 1.png Gold medal)
Men's coxless pair – 8th place
Men's coxed pair
  • Heat — 7:43.84
  • Semifinals — 8:07.34
  • Final — 7:24.44 (→ 5th place)
Men's coxless four – 4th place
Men's coxed four – 4th place
Men's eight – 4th place

Sailing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Fourteen male shooters represented the Soviet Union in 1972. Yakiv Zhelezniak won gold, Boris Melnik and Yevgeny Petrov won silvers and Viktor Torshin won a bronze medal.

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[edit]

Men's 100m freestyle

  • Heat — 52.87s
  • Semifinals — 52.60s
  • Final — 51.77s (→ Med 3.png Bronze medal)
  • Heat — 53.64s
  • Semifinals — 53.55s
  • Final — 52.44s (→ 6th place)
  • Heat — 53.78s
  • Semifinals — 53.68s (→ did not advance)

Men's 200m freestyle

  • Heat — 1:56.15
  • Final — 1:57.24 (→ 7th place)
  • Heat — 1:57.92 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 1:57.04 (→ did not advance)

Men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay

  • Heat — 3:32.72
  • Final — 3:29.72 (→ Med 2.png Silver medal)

Men's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay

  • Heat — 7:51.44
  • Final — 7:45.76 (→ Med 3.png Bronze medal)

Volleyball[edit]

Men's team competition
  • Preliminary round (group A)
  • Defeated Tunisia (3–0)
  • Defeated South Korea (3–0)
  • Defeated Bulgaria (3–1)
  • Defeated Czechoslovakia (3–0)
  • Defeated Poland (3–2)
  • Semifinals
  • Lost to East Germany (1–3)
  • Bronze medal match
  • Defeated Bulgaria (3–0) → Med 3.png Bronze medal
  • Team roster

Water polo[edit]

Weightlifting[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Medals by republic[edit]

In the following table for team events number of team representatives, who received medals are counted, not "one medal for all the team", as usual. Because there were people from different republics in one team.

RankRepublicGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russian SFSR602220102
2 Ukrainian SSR207936
3 Byelorussian SSR106218
4 Georgian SSR61310
5 Uzbek SSR3003
6 Lithuanian SSR2103
7 Kazakh SSR1326
8 Armenian SSR1124
9 Azerbaijan SSR1102
10 Estonian SSR1012
11 Tajik SSR1001
12 Latvian SSR0213
Totals (12 republics)1064440190

Top 5 sports societies[edit]

In the following table for team events number of team representatives, who received medals are counted, not "one medal for all the team", as usual. Because there were people from different sports societies in one team.

Pos Sports society Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Armed Forces 33 18 18 69
2 Dynamo 28 10 16 54
3 VSS Burevestnik 11 6 5 22
4 VSS Spartak 9 3 3 15
5 VSS Trud 7 1 1 9

Bibliography[edit]

  • A. Dobrov (1973). XX Summer Olympic Games. Year 1972 (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The USSR and Olympism" (PDF). Olympic Review. International Olympic Committee (84): 530–557. October 1974. Retrieved 28 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Soviet Union at the 1972 Munich Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Soviet Union Rowing at the 1972 München Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  • Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. – for medal stats by republic and by sports society