| Event type

100 metres, Men

Date31 August – 1 September 1972
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants85 from 55 countries

For the first time ever, there was a favorite who was not an American. Soviet Valery Borzov had shown promise when he won the 1968 European Junior double over 100/200. The next year he won the European 100, and in 1971 he won the sprint double at the European Championships. Borzov also posted a succession of top times and defeated several American sprinters in international dual meets. The top American coming since Mexico City was the 1968 200 metre silver medalist, John Carlos, but turned to pro football, and was ineligible due to amateur rules. He tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles and then played in Canada with the Montreal Alouettes. The US Olympic Trials put forward three good sprinters in Eddie Hart, Rey Robinson, and Robert Taylor. In the final of that event Hart and Robinson equaled the world record of 9.9.

In München all the favorites got thru the first round. The quarter-finals were later that day and the Americans went back to the Olympic Village to rest up. While there, they noticed something unusual while watching some of the events on television. It appeared that the 100 metre quarter-finals were beginning at the stadium – and they were not there! They rushed to the stadium, hoping to make it in time for their heats, but both Hart and Robinson were too late. Taylor was in the third heat and barely made it in time, qualifying for the semi-finals, just behind Borzov. The US Olympic Committee appealed the disqualification of Hart and Robinson, but to no avail – they were out. It turned out that US track coach Stan Wright was going by an outdated schedule that showed the quarter-finals starting at 6 PM (1800), instead of their actual 4 PM (1600) start time. With the two main Americans out, the road was clear for Borzov, although it is likely he would have won the gold medal even if they had run. He won fairly easily in the final with Taylor second, followed by 1968 silver medalist Lennox Miller. Three days later, Borzov ran in the 200 metre final, which was actually his best distance, and completed the sprint double, the first non-American to do that since Percy Williams (CAN) in 1928.

1932Valery BorzovURS10.47 (1 h2)10.07 (1 h3)10.21 (1 h1)10.14 (1)Gold
21023Robert TaylorUSA10.32 (1 h12)10.16 (2 h3)10.30 (1 h2)10.24 (2)Silver
3548Lennox MillerJAM10.45 (1 h1)10.33 (1 h5)10.31 (2 h2)10.33 (3)Bronze
4941Aleksandr KornelyukURS10.38 (1 h5)10.23w (1 h4)10.35 (3 h2)10.36 (4)
5543Mike FrayJAM10.47 (3 h10)10.28w (3 h4)10.48 (4 h1)10.40 (5)
6369Jobst HirschtFRG10.36 (2 h12)10.25 (1 h1)10.36 (3 h1)10.40 (6)
7734Zenon NowoszPOL10.36 (3 h12)10.40 (4 h3)10.42 (4 h2)10.46 (7)
AC r4/4895Hasely CrawfordTTO10.50 (1 h7)10.18 (3 h3)10.36 (2 h1)– (DNF)
5 h1 r3/4264Alain SarteurFRA10.42 (1 h9)10.40 (2 h5)10.51 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4800Barka SySEN10.30w (1 h8)10.27w (2 h4)10.42 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4118Kouakou KomenanCIV10.50w (3 h4)10.60 (3 h2)10.57 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4613Jean-Louis RavelomanantsoaMAD10.29 (2 h10)10.47 (1 h2)10.46 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4321Bernd BorthGDR10.48w (2 h8)10.44 (3 h1)10.60 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4878Jaroslav MatoušekTCH10.37w (1 h4)10.35 (2 h1)10.51 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/4286Brian GreenGBR10.41w (2 h4)10.58 (2 h2)10.52 (8 h2)
3 h5 r2/4434Vasilios PapageorgopoulosGRE10.24 (1 h10)10.45 (3 h5)– (DNS h1)
4 h1 r2/4820Philippe ClercSUI10.58 (2 h6)10.45 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4746Stanisław WagnerPOL10.62 (3 h5)10.61 (4 h2)
4 h4 r2/4658Kola AbdulaiNGR10.57 (2 h5)10.41w (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/4115Amadou MéitéCIV10.51 (2 h1)10.52 (4 h5)
5 h1 r2/4893Ainsley ArmstrongTTO10.56 (5 h10)10.47 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4423Sandy Osei-AgyemangGHA10.52 (2 h3)10.66 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4363Klaus EhlFRG10.67 (3 h11)10.44 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4217Antti RajamäkiFIN10.52 (4 h10)10.43w (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/4866Luděk BohmanTCH10.72 (3 h2)10.52 (5 h5)
6 h1 r2/449Mike SandsBAH10.67 (2 h2)10.50 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4202Erik GustafssonFIN10.68 (3 h7)10.78 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4304Les PiggotGBR10.54 (3 h3)10.53 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4335Manfred KokotGDR10.49 (1 h3)10.44w (6 h4)
6 h5 r2/4287Don HallidayGBR10.58 (2 h7)10.60 (6 h5)
7 h1 r2/4678Audun GarsholNOR10.49w (3 h8)10.55 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4773Su Wen-HoTPE10.59w (4 h8)10.82 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4238Dominique ChauvelotFRA10.66 (2 h11)10.54 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4111Saleh Alah-DjabaCHA10.65 (2 h9)10.51w (7 h4)
7 h5 r2/4837Sammy MonselsSUR10.61 (3 h6)10.64 (7 h5)
8 h3 r2/4320Hans-Jürgen BombachGDR10.66 (3 h1)10.64 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/492Charlie FrancisCAN10.68 (3 h9)10.51w (8 h4)
8 h5 r2/4921Vladimir AtamasURS10.51 (4 h12)10.83 (8 h5)
1 h6 r1/41007Rey RobinsonUSA10.56 (1 h6)– (DNS h1)
1 h11 r1/4988Eddie HartUSA10.47 (1 h11)– (DNS h2)
4 h1 r1/4900Rudy ReidTTO10.74 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4413Gerhard WuchererFRG10.82 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4582John MwebiKEN10.60 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/445Walter CallanderBAH10.78w (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4872Juraj DemečTCH10.66 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4419George DanielsGHA10.65 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/4766Guillermo GonzálezPUR10.73 (4 h7)
4 h9 r1/47Andrés CalongeARG10.73 (4 h9)
4 h11 r1/4665Benedict MajekodunmiNGR10.70 (4 h11)
5 h1 r1/4570Dan AmukeKEN10.76 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4712Tadeusz CuchPOL10.89 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/472Luiz da SilvaBRA10.63 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4497George CalhernISV10.90w (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/41041Félix MataVEN10.73 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/41047André BicabaBUR10.71 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4859Norman ChihotaTAN10.79 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4110Gana Abba KimetCHA10.89w (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/4687Laurie D'ArcyNZL10.77 (5 h9)
5 h11 r1/4125Gaston MalamCMR10.88 (5 h11)
5 h12 r1/437Axel NepraunikAUT10.61 (5 h12)
6 h1 r1/4649Byambajavyn EnkhbaatarMGL10.93 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4803Yeo Kian ChyeSGP10.92 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/446Kevin JohnsonBAH10.91 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4492Farhan NavabIRI11.02w (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4493Bjarni StefánssonISL10.99 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4603Motsapi MoorosiLES10.74 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4185Egzi Gebre-GebreETH10.89 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4227Raimo VilénFIN11.00w (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/41060Larmeck MukondeZAM11.16 (6 h9)
6 h10 r1/4769Jorge VizcarrondoPUR10.79 (6 h10)
6 h11 r1/4107Sunil GunawardeneSRI11.00 (6 h11)
6 h12 r1/4236André ByrameFRA10.64 (6 h12)
7 h1 r1/4590Samphon MaoCAM10.95 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/41067Alphonse YanghatCGO10.95 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/416Mansour Al-JuaidKSA11.23 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/41071Ángel GuerrerosPAR11.12w (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/4596Younis AbdallahKUW11.20 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4914William DraluUGA10.92 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4443Pierre-Richard GaetjensHAI11.50 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/468Lionel CaeroBOL11.19w (7 h8)
7 h10 r1/4620Zain-ud-Din bin Abdul WahabMAS10.80 (7 h10)
7 h11 r1/4707Tukal MokalamPHI11.02 (7 h11)
7 h12 r1/4631Moustafa MatolaMAW11.31 (7 h12)
8 h1 r1/4761Luis AlersPUR11.09 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/4602Andrew SarteeLBR11.09 (8 h2)
DNS891Robert AregbaTOG– (DNS h3)
DNS119Gaoussou KonéCIV– (DNS h5)
DNS140Pablo MontesCUB– (DNS h7)
DNS143Hermes RamírezCUB– (DNS h9)
DNS889Anat RatanapolTHA– (DNS h4)

Round One (31 August 1972 — 11:00)

Top three in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Lennox MillerJAM10.45Q
27Amadou MéitéCIV10.51Q
35Hans-Jürgen BombachGDR10.66Q
41Rudy ReidTTO10.74
52Dan AmukeKEN10.76
64Byambajavyn EnkhbaatarMGL10.93
76Samphon MaoCAM10.95
83Luis AlersPUR11.09

Heat Two

Wind-2.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Valery BorzovURS10.47Q
24Mike SandsBAH10.67Q
36Luděk BohmanTCH10.72Q
45Gerhard WuchererFRG10.82
57Tadeusz CuchPOL10.89
62Yeo Kian ChyeSGP10.92
73Alphonse YanghatCGO10.95
88Andrew SarteeLBR11.09

Heat Three

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Manfred KokotGDR10.49Q
25Sandy Osei-AgyemangGHA10.52Q
34Les PiggotGBR10.54Q
46John MwebiKEN10.60
51Luiz da SilvaBRA10.63
68Kevin JohnsonBAH10.91
72Mansour Al-JuaidKSA11.23
DNS3Robert AregbaTOG

Heat Four

Wind2.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Jaroslav MatoušekTCH10.37wQ
21Brian GreenGBR10.41wQ
36Kouakou KomenanCIV10.50wQ
43Walter CallanderBAH10.78w
57George CalhernISV10.90w
64Farhan NavabIRI11.02w
72Ángel GuerrerosPAR11.12w
DNS8Anat RatanapolTHA

Heat Five

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Aleksandr KornelyukURS10.38Q
26Kola AbdulaiNGR10.57Q
34Stanisław WagnerPOL10.62Q
48Juraj DemečTCH10.66
55Félix MataVEN10.73
62Bjarni StefánssonISL10.99
73Younis AbdallahKUW11.20
DNS7Gaoussou KonéCIV

Heat Six

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Rey RobinsonUSA10.56Q
21Philippe ClercSUI10.58Q
34Sammy MonselsSUR10.61Q
45George DanielsGHA10.65
52André BicabaBUR10.71
66Motsapi MoorosiLES10.74
73William DraluUGA10.92

Heat Seven

Wind-1.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Hasely CrawfordTTO10.50Q
27Don HallidayGBR10.58Q
35Erik GustafssonFIN10.68Q
43Guillermo GonzálezPUR10.73
54Norman ChihotaTAN10.79
68Egzi Gebre-GebreETH10.89
76Pierre-Richard GaetjensHAI11.50
DNS1Pablo MontesCUB

Heat Eight

Wind2.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Barka SySEN10.30wQ
26Bernd BorthGDR10.48wQ
31Audun GarsholNOR10.49wQ
43Su Wen-HoTPE10.59wq
55Gana Abba KimetCHA10.89w
67Raimo VilénFIN11.00w
74Lionel CaeroBOL11.19w

Heat Nine

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Alain SarteurFRA10.42Q
23Saleh Alah-DjabaCHA10.65Q
35Charlie FrancisCAN10.68Q
42Andrés CalongeARG10.73
57Laurie D'ArcyNZL10.77
66Larmeck MukondeZAM11.16
DNS4Hermes RamírezCUB

Heat Ten

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Vasilios PapageorgopoulosGRE10.24Q
24Jean-Louis RavelomanantsoaMAD10.29Q
31Mike FrayJAM10.47Q
45Antti RajamäkiFIN10.52q
57Ainsley ArmstrongTTO10.56q
63Jorge VizcarrondoPUR10.79
76Zain-ud-Din bin Abdul WahabMAS10.80

Heat Eleven

Wind-2.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Eddie HartUSA10.47Q
25Dominique ChauvelotFRA10.66Q
33Klaus EhlFRG10.67Q
42Benedict MajekodunmiNGR10.70
51Gaston MalamCMR10.88
67Sunil GunawardeneSRI11.00
76Tukal MokalamPHI11.02

Heat Twelve

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Robert TaylorUSA10.32Q
22Jobst HirschtFRG10.36Q
36Zenon NowoszPOL10.36Q
44Vladimir AtamasURS10.51q
51Axel NepraunikAUT10.61
63André ByrameFRA10.64
77Moustafa MatolaMAW11.31

Quarter-Finals (31 August 1972 — 16:15)

Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

Wind1.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Jobst HirschtFRG10.25Q
24Jaroslav MatoušekTCH10.35Q
38Bernd BorthGDR10.44Q
43Philippe ClercSUI10.45
57Ainsley ArmstrongTTO10.47
66Mike SandsBAH10.50
71Audun GarsholNOR10.55
DNS2Rey RobinsonUSA

Heat Two

Wind-2.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Jean-Louis RavelomanantsoaMAD10.47Q
26Brian GreenGBR10.58Q
34Kouakou KomenanCIV10.60Q
43Stanisław WagnerPOL10.61
55Sandy Osei-AgyemangGHA10.66
62Erik GustafssonFIN10.78
78Su Wen-HoTPE10.82
DNS7Eddie HartUSA

Heat Three

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Valery BorzovURS10.07Q
22Robert TaylorUSA10.16Q
37Hasely CrawfordTTO10.18Q
46Zenon NowoszPOL10.40q
51Klaus EhlFRG10.44
64Les PiggotGBR10.53
75Dominique ChauvelotFRA10.54
88Hans-Jürgen BombachGDR10.64

Heat Four

Wind3.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Aleksandr KornelyukURS10.23wQ
22Barka SySEN10.27wQ
34Mike FrayJAM10.28wQ
48Kola AbdulaiNGR10.41w
56Antti RajamäkiFIN10.43w
61Manfred KokotGDR10.44w
73Saleh Alah-DjabaCHA10.51w
87Charlie FrancisCAN10.51w

Heat Five

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Lennox MillerJAM10.33Q
23Alain SarteurFRA10.40Q
36Vasilios PapageorgopoulosGRE10.45Q
45Amadou MéitéCIV10.52
51Luděk BohmanTCH10.52
62Don HallidayGBR10.60
77Sammy MonselsSUR10.64
88Vladimir AtamasURS10.83

Semi-Finals (1 September 1972 — 15:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Valery BorzovURS10.21Q
27Hasely CrawfordTTO10.36Q
34Jobst HirschtFRG10.36Q
48Mike FrayJAM10.48Q
55Alain SarteurFRA10.51
62Kouakou KomenanCIV10.57
76Bernd BorthGDR10.60
DNS1Vasilios PapageorgopoulosGRE

Heat Two

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Robert TaylorUSA10.30Q
25Lennox MillerJAM10.31Q
36Aleksandr KornelyukURS10.35Q
47Zenon NowoszPOL10.42Q
51Barka SySEN10.42
64Jean-Louis RavelomanantsoaMAD10.46
78Jaroslav MatoušekTCH10.51
83Brian GreenGBR10.52

Final (1 September 1972 — 17:30)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Valery BorzovURS10.14
24Robert TaylorUSA10.24
35Lennox MillerJAM10.33
46Aleksandr KornelyukURS10.36
58Mike FrayJAM10.40
67Jobst HirschtFRG10.40
71Zenon NowoszPOL10.46
DNF3Hasely CrawfordTTO