| Event type

200 metres, Men

Date3 – 4 September 1972
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants57 from 42 countries

The favorites were American Larry Black and Jamaica’s Don Quarrie, the 1971 Pan American champion. The 1971 European Champion was Valery Borzov, who had already won the 100 and was expected to challenge. Quarrie sustained a hamstring pull in the semis and did not qualify. Borzov dominated the final, winning by almost two metres over Black, with Italy’s Pietro Mennea in third. Black was unfortunate to have drawn lane one in the final, but Borzov won the race by 0.19, so the result might not have changed even with a better lane draw. Borzov later became an IOC Member from the Ukraine in 1994. He also married Soviet gymnastic legend Lyudmila Turishcheva. His 100/200 double was the first ever won by a sprinter from outside North America. Fourth-place finisher Larry Burton later played for five years in the NFL as a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers.

1932Valery BorzovURS20.64 (1 h3)20.30w (1 h1)20.74 (1 h1)20.00 (1)Gold
2973Larry BlackUSA20.79 (1 h5)20.28 (1 h4)20.36 (1 h2)20.19 (2)Silver
3528Pietro MenneaITA20.53w (1 h4)20.47 (1 h5)20.52 (2 h2)20.30 (3)Bronze
4976Larry BurtonUSA20.80 (1 h9)20.68 (1 h3)20.78 (2 h1)20.37 (4)
51016Chuck SmithUSA20.79 (1 h6)20.66 (2 h2)20.86 (3 h1)20.55 (5)
6344Siegfried SchenkeGDR20.66 (1 h1)20.79 (3 h3)20.97 (4 h1)20.56 (6)
7371Martin JellinghausFRG21.10 (2 h2)20.70 (2 h3)20.75 (4 h2)20.65 (7)
8353Hans-Joachim ZenkGDR20.93 (2 h8)20.59 (2 h5)20.63 (3 h2)21.05 (8)
5 h1 r3/4878Jaroslav MatoušekTCH20.70 (1 h7)20.65 (1 h2)20.99 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4877Jiří KynosTCH20.95 (3 h1)20.68w (3 h1)20.88 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4390Manfred OmmerFRG20.80 (1 h8)20.53w (2 h1)21.08 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4893Ainsley ArmstrongTTO21.12w (3 h4)21.00 (3 h2)21.13 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4261Lucien Sainte-RoseFRA21.09 (2 h9)20.76 (4 h5)21.42 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4239Bruno CherrierFRA20.79 (2 h1)20.62 (3 h4)21.15 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/4544Richard HardwareJAM21.09 (3 h3)20.76 (3 h5)21.24 (8 h2)
AC h1 r3/4551Don QuarrieJAM21.04 (1 h2)20.43 (2 h4)– (AC h1)
4 h1 r2/4256René MetzFRA21.08 (2 h5)20.83w (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4696Bevan SmithNZL21.17 (3 h9)21.04 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4820Philippe ClercSUI21.32 (4 h9)20.82 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4945Vladimir LovetskyURS20.99 (2 h6)20.83 (4 h4)
5 h1 r2/4129Jimmy SierraCOL21.10 (4 h7)20.87w (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4419George DanielsGHA21.05 (3 h7)21.10 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4901Edwin RobertsTTO20.95 (2 h3)20.99 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4603Motsapi MoorosiLES21.15 (4 h3)20.90 (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/4167Francisco GarcíaESP20.89 (2 h7)20.77 (5 h5)
6 h1 r2/4623Omar ChokhmaneMAR21.29 (4 h5)21.00w (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/47Andrés CalongeARG21.39 (3 h2)21.11 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4498Pasqualino AbetiITA21.17 (5 h1)21.00 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4773Su Wen-HoTPE21.55 (5 h3)21.47 (6 h4)
6 h5 r2/4896Trevor JamesTTO21.83 (4 h6)21.34 (6 h5)
7 h1 r2/4766Guillermo GonzálezPUR21.22w (4 h4)21.10w (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4204Markku JuholaFIN20.98w (2 h4)21.19 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4876Ladislav KřížTCH21.58 (4 h2)21.46 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4678Audun GarsholNOR21.16 (4 h1)25.30 (7 h4)
7 h5 r2/4286Brian GreenGBR21.26 (3 h5)21.41 (7 h5)
8 h2 r2/4107Sunil GunawardeneSRI21.60 (3 h6)21.31 (8 h2)
AC h3 r2/4415James AddyGHA21.06 (3 h8)– (AC h3)
AC h4 r2/4837Sammy MonselsSUR21.26w (5 h4)– (AC h5)
4 h8 r1/4570Dan AmukeKEN21.53 (4 h8)– (DNS h4)
5 h2 r1/449Mike SandsBAH21.61 (5 h2)– (DNS h1)
5 h5 r1/472Luiz da SilvaBRA21.81 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4620Zain-ud-Din bin Abdul WahabMAS21.87 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/446Kevin JohnsonBAH21.70 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4702Nusrat Iqbal SahiPAK22.07 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/4707Tukal MokalamPHI21.81 (5 h9)
6 h1 r1/4177Solomon BelayeETH21.73 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4803Yeo Kian ChyeSGP21.89 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/41063Jean-Pierre BasségélaCGO21.72 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4125Gaston MalamCMR21.71w (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4630Eston KaongaMAW22.18 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4601Dominic SaiduLBR22.48 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4809Ibrahim Saad Abdel GalilSUD22.41 (6 h7)
6 h9 r1/4914William DraluUGA21.87 (6 h9)
7 h3 r1/4863Hamad NdeeTAN21.74 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4444Gary GeorgesHAI22.97w (7 h4)
7 h6 r1/414Said Khalil Al-DosariKSA22.56 (7 h6)
AC h8 r1/4111Saleh Alah-DjabaCHA– (AC h8)
DNS1070Rodolfo RiederPAR– (DNS h2)
DNS590Samphon MaoCAM– (DNS h7)
DNS92Charlie FrancisCAN– (DNS h8)
DNS115Amadou MéitéCIV– (DNS h2)
DNS593Abdul Aziz Abdul KareemKUW– (DNS h7)
DNS613Jean-Louis RavelomanantsoaMAD– (DNS h6)
DNS665Benedict MajekodunmiNGR– (DNS h5)
DNS734Zenon NowoszPOL– (DNS h1)
DNS1060Larmeck MukondeZAM– (DNS h9)

Round One (3 September 1972 — 11:00)

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

Heat One

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Siegfried SchenkeGDR20.66Q
26Bruno CherrierFRA20.79Q
34Jiří KynosTCH20.95Q
47Audun GarsholNOR21.16Q
55Pasqualino AbetiITA21.17q
63Solomon BelayeETH21.73
DNS1Zenon NowoszPOL

Heat Two

Wind-0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Don QuarrieJAM21.04Q
28Martin JellinghausFRG21.10Q
31Andrés CalongeARG21.39Q
44Ladislav KřížTCH21.58Q
53Mike SandsBAH21.61q
66Yeo Kian ChyeSGP21.89
DNS2Rodolfo RiederPAR
DNS5Amadou MéitéCIV

Heat Three

Wind-1.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Valery BorzovURS20.64Q
24Edwin RobertsTTO20.95Q
33Richard HardwareJAM21.09Q
46Motsapi MoorosiLES21.15Q
57Su Wen-HoTPE21.55q
61Jean-Pierre BasségélaCGO21.72
72Hamad NdeeTAN21.74

Heat Four

Wind2.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Pietro MenneaITA20.53wQ
26Markku JuholaFIN20.98wQ
34Ainsley ArmstrongTTO21.12wQ
41Guillermo GonzálezPUR21.22wQ
55Sammy MonselsSUR21.26wq
62Gaston MalamCMR21.71w
73Gary GeorgesHAI22.97w

Heat Five

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Larry BlackUSA20.79Q
27René MetzFRA21.08Q
36Brian GreenGBR21.26Q
44Omar ChokhmaneMAR21.29Q
55Luiz da SilvaBRA21.81
61Eston KaongaMAW22.18
DNS2Benedict MajekodunmiNGR

Heat Six

Wind-1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Chuck SmithUSA20.79Q
25Vladimir LovetskyURS20.99Q
36Sunil GunawardeneSRI21.60Q
41Trevor JamesTTO21.83Q
53Zain-ud-Din bin Abdul WahabMAS21.87
67Dominic SaiduLBR22.48
72Said Khalil Al-DosariKSA22.56
DNS613Jean-Louis RavelomanantsoaMAD

Heat Seven

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Jaroslav MatoušekTCH20.70Q
22Francisco GarcíaESP20.89Q
33George DanielsGHA21.05Q
46Jimmy SierraCOL21.10Q
54Kevin JohnsonBAH21.70
68Ibrahim Saad Abdel GalilSUD22.41
DNS1Samphon MaoCAM
DNS5Abdul Aziz Abdul KareemKUW

Heat Eight

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Manfred OmmerFRG20.80Q
26Hans-Joachim ZenkGDR20.93Q
37James AddyGHA21.06Q
42Dan AmukeKEN21.53Q
51Nusrat Iqbal SahiPAK22.07
AC5Saleh Alah-DjabaCHADNF
DNS3Charlie FrancisCAN

Heat Nine

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Larry BurtonUSA20.80Q
25Lucien Sainte-RoseFRA21.09Q
36Bevan SmithNZL21.17Q
44Philippe ClercSUI21.32Q
57Tukal MokalamPHI21.81
61William DraluUGA21.87
DNS1060Larmeck MukondeZAM

Quarter-Finals (3 September 1972 — 15:40)

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

Heat One

Wind2.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Valery BorzovURS20.30wQ
25Manfred OmmerFRG20.53wQ
36Jiří KynosTCH20.68wQ
43René MetzFRA20.83w
58Jimmy SierraCOL20.87w
67Omar ChokhmaneMAR21.00w
72Guillermo GonzálezPUR21.10w
DNS1Mike SandsBAH

Heat Two

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Jaroslav MatoušekTCH20.65Q
27Chuck SmithUSA20.66Q
33Ainsley ArmstrongTTO21.00Q
48Bevan SmithNZL21.04
55George DanielsGHA21.10
62Andrés CalongeARG21.11
71Markku JuholaFIN21.19
86Sunil GunawardeneSRI21.31

Heat Three

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Larry BurtonUSA20.68Q
28Martin JellinghausFRG20.70Q
35Siegfried SchenkeGDR20.79Q
43Philippe ClercSUI20.82
54Edwin RobertsTTO20.99
62Pasqualino AbetiITA21.00
71Ladislav KřížTCH21.46
AC7James AddyGHADQ

Heat Four

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Larry BlackUSA20.28Q
28Don QuarrieJAM20.43Q
36Bruno CherrierFRA20.62Q
41Vladimir LovetskyURS20.83
54Motsapi MoorosiLES20.90
62Su Wen-HoTPE21.47
73Audun GarsholNOR25.30
DNS7Dan AmukeKEN

Heat Five

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Pietro MenneaITA20.47Q
22Hans-Joachim ZenkGDR20.59Q
33Richard HardwareJAM20.76Q
47Lucien Sainte-RoseFRA20.76q
54Francisco GarcíaESP20.77
68Trevor JamesTTO21.34
75Brian GreenGBR21.41
AC1Sammy MonselsSURDNF

Semi-Finals (4 September 1972 — 15:25)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Valery BorzovURS20.74Q
26Larry BurtonUSA20.78Q
33Chuck SmithUSA20.86Q
42Siegfried SchenkeGDR20.97Q
57Jaroslav MatoušekTCH20.99
64Manfred OmmerFRG21.08
71Lucien Sainte-RoseFRA21.42
AC5Don QuarrieJAMDNF

Heat Two

Wind-3.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Larry BlackUSA20.36Q
27Pietro MenneaITA20.52Q
34Hans-Joachim ZenkGDR20.63Q
42Martin JellinghausFRG20.75Q
58Jiří KynosTCH20.88
63Ainsley ArmstrongTTO21.13
75Bruno CherrierFRA21.15
86Richard HardwareJAM21.24

Final (4 September 1972 — 18:10)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Valery BorzovURS20.00
21Larry BlackUSA20.19
32Pietro MenneaITA20.30
46Larry BurtonUSA20.37
53Chuck SmithUSA20.55
68Siegfried SchenkeGDR20.56
74Martin JellinghausFRG20.65
87Hans-Joachim ZenkGDR21.05