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110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date3 – 7 September 1972
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants39 from 27 countries

The heavy favorite entering the 1972 season was Rod Milburn, who had been undefeated in 1971 and had broken the world record for the 120 yard hurdles, winning the AAU title in 13.0. By the time of the US Olympic Trials, he had won 27 consecutive finals, but in that final, he hit two hurdles early in the race, and barely made the US team. At the Olympics, however, he re-established his superiority, winning the gold medal comfortably with an auto-timed world record of 13.24 over Guy Drut of France, who would later become a member of the IOC. Defending champion Willie Davenport was in the medal race thru eight hurdles but closed poorly and finished fourth.

11000Rod MilburnUSA13.57 (1 h3)13.44 (1 h2)13.24 (1)GoldWR
2244Guy DrutFRA13.78 (1 h5)13.49 (2 h1)13.34 (2)Silver
3990Tom HillUSA13.62 (1 h2)13.47 (1 h1)13.48 (3)Bronze
4980Willie DavenportUSA13.97 (2 h1)13.73 (3 h2)13.50 (4)
5347Frank SiebeckGDR13.83 (1 h1)13.58 (2 h2)13.71 (5)
6748Leszek WodzyńskiPOL14.03 (3 h1)13.81 (3 h1)13.72 (6)
7881Lubomír NádeníčekTCH13.93 (2 h3)13.89 (4 h2)13.76 (7)
8869Petr ČechTCH14.04 (3 h5)13.82 (4 h1)13.86 (8)
5 h1 r2/3526Sergio LianiITA13.95 (2 h5)13.90 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3721Marek JóźwikPOL14.06 (2 h4)14.06 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/395Rich McDonaldCAN14.36 (3 h3)14.22 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3386Günther NickelFRG13.95 (3 h2)14.23 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3305Berwyn PriceGBR13.94 (2 h2)14.37 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3302Alan PascoeGBR14.08 (3 h4)14.24 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3749Mirosław WodzyńskiPOL14.02 (4 h2)14.63 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3499Marco AcerbiITA13.99 (1 h4)14.45 (8 h2)
4 h1 r1/3357Eckart BerkesFRG14.14 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/350Danny SmithBAH14.46 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3798Abdoulaye SarrSEN14.12 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3549Godfrey MurrayJAM14.16 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/3659Adeola Aboyade-ColeNGR14.16 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3947Viktor MyasnikovURS14.13 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3157Jesper TørringDEN14.50 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3400Manfred SchumannFRG14.13 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3462Loránd MilassinHUN14.21 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/3762Arnaldo BristolPUR14.61 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3844Bo ForssanderSWE14.56 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/325Mal BairdAUS14.55 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3830Beat PfisterSUI14.33 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3319Dave WilsonGBR14.31 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/3615Ishtiaq MubarakMAS14.78 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3755Alberto MatosPOR14.74 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3121Simbara MakiCIV14.59 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3811Moreldin Mohamed HamdiSUD15.80 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3100Tony NelsonCAN14.73 (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/3700Muhammad Ahmed BashirPAK15.38 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3772Lee Chung-PingTPE14.98 (8 h2)
AC h3 r1/3507Giuseppe ButtariITA– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/3135Alejandro CasañasCUB– (AC h4)

Round One (3 September 1972 — 10:00)

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

Heat One

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Frank SiebeckGDR13.83Q
27Willie DavenportUSA13.97Q
34Leszek WodzyńskiPOL14.03Q
45Eckart BerkesFRG14.14
58Adeola Aboyade-ColeNGR14.16
61Arnaldo BristolPUR14.61
76Ishtiaq MubarakMAS14.78
82Muhammad Ahmed BashirPAK15.38

Heat Two

Wind-1.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Tom HillUSA13.62Q
25Berwyn PriceGBR13.94Q
31Günther NickelFRG13.95Q
42Mirosław WodzyńskiPOL14.02q
57Viktor MyasnikovURS14.13
68Bo ForssanderSWE14.56
73Alberto MatosPOR14.74
86Lee Chung-PingTPE14.98

Heat Three

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Rod MilburnUSA13.57Q
23Lubomír NádeníčekTCH13.93Q
38Rich McDonaldCAN14.36Q
47Danny SmithBAH14.46
51Jesper TørringDEN14.50
65Mal BairdAUS14.55
72Simbara MakiCIV14.59
AC6Giuseppe ButtariITADQ

Heat Four

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Marco AcerbiITA13.99Q
26Marek JóźwikPOL14.06Q
33Alan PascoeGBR14.08Q
41Abdoulaye SarrSEN14.12
54Manfred SchumannFRG14.13
68Beat PfisterSUI14.33
77Moreldin Mohamed HamdiSUD15.80
AC2Alejandro CasañasCUBDNF

Heat Five

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Guy DrutFRA13.78Q
27Sergio LianiITA13.95Q
34Petr ČechTCH14.04Q
42Godfrey MurrayJAM14.16
56Loránd MilassinHUN14.21
61Dave WilsonGBR14.31
73Tony NelsonCAN14.73

Semi-Finals (4 September 1972 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Tom HillUSA13.47Q
25Guy DrutFRA13.49Q
36Leszek WodzyńskiPOL13.81Q
48Petr ČechTCH13.82Q
54Sergio LianiITA13.90
63Rich McDonaldCAN14.22
72Berwyn PriceGBR14.37
81Mirosław WodzyńskiPOL14.63

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Rod MilburnUSA13.44Q
24Frank SiebeckGDR13.58Q
31Willie DavenportUSA13.73Q
46Lubomír NádeníčekTCH13.89Q
58Marek JóźwikPOL14.06
65Günther NickelFRG14.23
73Alan PascoeGBR14.24
82Marco AcerbiITA14.45

Final (7 September 1972 — 15:00)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Rod MilburnUSA13.24WR
28Guy DrutFRA13.34
37Tom HillUSA13.48
41Willie DavenportUSA13.50
56Frank SiebeckGDR13.71
63Leszek WodzyńskiPOL13.72
72Lubomír NádeníčekTCH13.76
84Petr ČechTCH13.86