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Handball, Men

Date30 August – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationDonauhalle, Ulm / Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen / Sporthalle Augsburg, Augsburg / Sporthalle Böblingen, Böblingen / Sporthalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants243 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination classification matches.

With the first eight nations of the 1970 World Championships automatically qualified (and ninth place USSR added because West German was already qualified as a host), the Olympic tournament was ensured of a competitive field. Of these nine nations, only Denmark failed to reach the second round. Both semi-final pools were a close affair. In Group A, East Germany (runner-up at the 1970 Worlds) had beaten Czechoslovakia in the first round, but lost to the Soviet Union 11-8 and missed out on the final on goal difference. In the other pool, reigning world champion Romania was surprised by Yugoslavia, which moved away from the Romanians in the second half to beat them 14-13 in a low-scoring affair.

This gave Romania vs. East Germany, the World Championship final of 1970, as the bronze medal match in München. Two years earlier, the Romanians required two overtimes to get rid of the Germans, but this time they obtained an early lead, giving them a 19-16 win in the end. The final was slightly disappointing. The Yugoslavs started with a 4-0 lead after six minutes, and protected a seven-point advantage in the first half. This sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia, which never recovered and lost 21-16.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YugoslaviaYUG–––Gold
2CzechoslovakiaTCH–––Silver
3RomaniaROU–––Bronze
4East GermanyGDR–––
5Soviet UnionURS–––
6West GermanyFRG–––
7SwedenSWE–––
8HungaryHUN–––
9NorwayNOR–––
10PolandPOL–––
11JapanJPN–––
12IcelandISL–––
13DenmarkDEN–––
14United StatesUSA–––
15SpainESP–––
16TunisiaTUN–––

Round One (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Group A (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1SWE120440–34
2URS120440–34
3POL111335–38
4DEN012130–39

Match #130 Aug 19:00DEN 12 – 12URS
Match #230 Aug 20:15SWE 13 – 13POL
Match #301 Sep 19:00POL 11 – 8DEN
Match #401 Sep 20:15URS 11 – 11SWE
Match #503 Sep 19:00SWE 16 – 10DEN
Match #603 Sep 20:15URS 17 – 11POL

Group B (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GDR300651–32
2TCH111356–40
3ISL111357–51
4TUN003032–73

Match #130 Aug 19:00GDR 16 – 11ISL
Match #230 Aug 20:15TCH 125 – 7TUN 2
Match #301 Sep 19:00GDR 21 – 9TUN
Match #401 Sep 20:15TCH 19 – 19ISL
Match #503 Sep 19:00GDR 14 – 12TCH
Match #603 Sep 20:15ISL 27 – 16TUN

Group C (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ROU300646–37
2FRG111339–38
3NOR111348–50
4ESP003039–47

Match #130 Aug 19:00ROU 18 – 14NOR
Match #230 Aug 20:15FRG 13 – 10ESP
Match #301 Sep 19:00ROU 15 – 12ESP
Match #401 Sep 20:15FRG 15 – 15NOR
Match #503 Sep 19:00ROU 13 – 11FRG
Match #603 Sep 20:15NOR 19 – 17ESP

Group D (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YUG300663–45
2HUN201464–45
3JPN102246–56
4USA003046–73

Match #130 Aug 19:00YUG 20 – 14JPN
Match #230 Aug 20:15HUN 28 – 15USA
Match #301 Sep 19:00YUG 25 – 15USA
Match #401 Sep 20:15HUN 20 – 12JPN
Match #503 Sep 19:00YUG 18 – 16HUN
Match #603 Sep 20:15JPN 320 – 16USA

Round Two (5 – 8 September 1972)

Group A (5 – 8 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1TCH201442–384
2GDR201436–345
3URS111334–346
4SWE012134–407

Match #105 Sep 15:30TCH 15 – 12SWE
Match #206 Sep 20:00URS 11 – 8GDR
Match #308 Sep 15:30GDR 14 – 11SWE
Match #408 Sep 20:00TCH 15 – 12URS

Group B (6 – 8 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YUG300656–448
2ROU201446–399
3FRG102243–5110
4HUN003044–5511

Match #106 Sep 15:30ROU 20 – 14HUN
Match #206 Sep 20:00YUG 24 – 15FRG
Match #308 Sep 15:30YUG 14 – 13ROU
Match #408 Sep 20:00FRG 17 – 14HUN

Classification Round 13-16 (7 September 1972)

Match #107 Sep 20:00DEN 29 – 21TUN
Match #207 Sep 20:00USA 22 – 20ESP

Classification Round 9-12 (7 September 1972)

Classification matches.

Match #107 Sep 15:30POL 20 – 17ISL
Match #207 Sep 15:30NOR 19 – 17JPN

Final Round (9 – 10 September 1972)

Medal round.

Match 1/210 Sep 21:00YUG 21 – 16TCH
Match 3/410 Sep 10:00ROU 19 – 16GDR
Match 5/610 Sep 21:00URS 17 – 16FRG
Match 7/810 Sep 10:00SWE 19 – 18HUN
Match 9/1009 Sep 20:00NOR 23 – 20POL
Match 11/1209 Sep 15:30JPN 19 – 18ISL
Match 13/1409 Sep 15:30DEN 19 – 18USA
Match 15/1609 Sep 20:00ESP 23 – 20TUN

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