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Decathlon, Men

Date7 – 8 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants33 from 19 countries
FormatScoring by 1962/1971 point tables.

The favorite in 1972 was likely East German Joachim Kirst, who had won the 1969 and 1971 European Championships. The decathletes in 1972 were unfortunate as they had to re-open the Olympics, the morning after the postponement to mourn the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. Kirst led after the first day, but hit the third hurdle in the 110 and fell, dropping out. Soviet Nikolay Avilov won the hurdles in 14.31 and took a commanding lead in the competition. As the 1,500 started the only suspense was if Avilov could break Bill Toomey’s world record 8,417 points. Avilov ran 4:22.8 to set a world record with 8,454. In his book, The Decathlon, Frank Zarnowski noted the irony of this victory, “The decathlon award ceremony was an ironic moment in sports history as it was held the very evening Jews celebrate the new year. Sundown, September 8, 1972, ushered in the Hebrew year 5733. Observers of Rosh Hashanah both mourned the slaughter of 11 Israeli athletes and officials and applauded the victory of Nikolay Avilov, a Soviet Jew.”

PosNrAthleteNOCPointsPoints (1985 Auto Tables)100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
1922Mykola AvilovURS8454845611.007.6814.362.1248.4514.3146.984.5561.664:22.8GoldWR
2944Leonid LytvynenkoURS8035803411.136.8114.181.8948.4015.0347.844.4058.944:05.9Silver
3722Ryszard KatusPOL7984798310.897.0914.391.9249.1114.4143.004.5059.964:31.9Bronze
4972Jeff BennettUSA7974797710.737.2612.821.8646.2515.5836.584.8057.484:12.2
5345Stefan SchreyerGDR7950794810.827.4415.021.9249.5115.0045.084.4060.704:48.2
656Freddy HerbrandBEL7947794811.007.3013.912.0449.7814.8747.124.4050.424:27.7
7152Steen Smidt-JensenDEN7947794711.076.9513.352.0150.1314.6544.804.8055.244:24.7
8717Tadeusz JanczenkoPOL7861786010.647.2814.452.0449.0616.8945.264.5063.805:01.5
943Sepp ZeilbauerAUT7741774210.977.1613.492.0148.7715.1340.844.3064.464:58.2
10992Bruce JennerUSA7722772111.356.5313.561.9249.4915.5942.244.5566.024:18.9
1154Régis GhesquièreBEL7677767511.457.2114.321.8949.1315.6845.563.8060.884:19.4
12255Yves Le RoyFRA7675767210.947.3213.901.8048.7315.3444.044.5061.664:58.9
13937Boris IvanovURS7657765711.246.5914.471.9250.1814.7641.584.3064.844:37.4
1457Roger LespagnardBEL7519751711.277.0112.922.0149.5115.8437.864.6050.604:28.7
15294Barry KingGBR7468747011.327.0615.291.8950.0516.6146.063.9057.744:38.6
16779Radu GavrilașROU7417741611.576.9012.652.0150.9015.1340.524.4057.164:43.1
17476Vijay Singh ChauhanIND7378737811.356.9214.421.8049.8915.0145.183.7056.344:38.6
18265Jean-Pierre SchoebelFRA7273727111.116.8913.791.6049.2315.3041.144.2057.544:38.8
19819Heinz BornSUI7217721711.356.9213.061.9850.0115.3939.344.0048.724:47.9
20451József BakaiHUN7071707111.087.1615.841.8950.8816.5051.464.0052.18
21971Jeff BannisterUSA7022702311.097.2014.211.8646.7942.004.0056.984:15.8
22635Wilfred MwalawandaMAW6227622711.955.6812.271.6552.6818.5438.823.3071.284:37.4
AC285Peter GabbettGBR10.657.1913.591.8646.1015.4745.583.60DNF
AC739Ryszard SkowronekPOL10.787.4214.241.9848.0815.7433.66DNF
AC825Ruedi MangischSUI10.796.9412.271.8947.5915.7136.92DNF
AC439Luis FloresGUA11.596.5111.781.7550.9717.4435.64DNF
AC51Clifford BrooksBAR11.196.8111.711.7549.7516.3733.90DNF
AC99Gerry MoroCAN11.496.9113.991.8652.0216.28DNF
AC333Joachim KirstGDR11.127.5916.092.1048.90DNF
AC406Hans-Joachim WaldeFRG11.117.1614.571.92DNF
AC847Lennart HedmarkSWE11.536.8914.43DNF
AC391Hans-Joachim PerkFRG11.346.8213.34DNF
AC358Horst BeyerFRG11.646.5114.42DNF
DNS508Renato CarnevaliITA