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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's Marathon



Host City: München, West Germany Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Date Started: September 10, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
(Competitors: 69; Countries: 35)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF  1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
On a warm (21°C) and humid day the race was led by the world’s fastest man, Derek Clayton, through 10Km (31:15) with Hill, one of the two favourites, right with him. Shorter, the other highly regarded runner, ran his next 5Km in 14:57, and by 15Km was five seconds up, which widened to 31 seconds over Lismont at 20Km (1:01:30). Relentlessly Shorter increased the lead to 1:05 at 30Km (1:32:49), with Wolde and Moore the closest followers, and Lismont 20 seconds behind. Wolde was a clear second at 35Km, 14 seconds up on Lismont, with Moore going through a bad patch. Shorter passed 40Km with a margin of two minutes over Lismont who had gained 21 seconds on Wolde in the previous 5Km. The order remained the same for the top four to the finish. Shorter was preceded into the stadium by a hoaxer, who ran almost a full lap before being bundled away. Wolde, now aged 38, had made his first Olympic appearance 16 years earlier in the 1500m ... and 4 x 400m!
Summary by
For the first time since the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, the marathon favorite in 1972 was an American, Frank Shorter. A former track and cross-country runner at Yale, he had won the Pan-American Games marathon and the Fukuoka race in 1971, establishing him as the favorite. The race was held on the last day of the München Olympics, five days after the tragedy involving the Israeli Olympic team, which made all competitions seem meaningless. It started in the Olympic Stadium at 3 PM, and was run over an out-and-back course. Shorter won the race fairly comfortably, moving into the lead by 15 km., and was never challenged. The silver medal went to Belgium’s Karel Lismont while defending champion Mamo Wolde won the bronze medal.
Unfortunately, Shorter was not the first “runner” to enter the Olympic stadium. A West Germany student, Norbert Südhaus, decided to pull a prank and ran onto the Olympic course just outside the stadium. He ran around the track and was not pulled by officials until he neared the finish line. When Shorter entered the stadium, he saw Südhaus running on the track and did not know who he was. Shorter became the third American to win the Olympic marathon, and none of them was actually the first runner in the stadium at the end of the race. In 1904, Tom Hicks won the race, but Fred Lorz, who had dropped out, hitched a car ride, and decided to run into the stadium. In 1908, Italy’s Dorando Pietri led the race in the last half and entered the stadium first. But he was on the verge of collapse, and though officials helped him across the line, he was disqualified for illegal assistance, allowing America’s Johnny Hayes to win the gold medal.
Marathon Men Final 10 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.12.20 Frank Shorter United States USA 31 Oct 47
2 2.14.32 Karel Lismont Belgium BEL 8 Mar 49
3 2.15.08 Mamo Wolde Ethiopia ETH 12 Jun 32
4 2.15.40 Kenny Moore United States USA 1 Dec 43
5 2.16.27 Kenji Kimihara Japan JPN 20 Mar 41
6 2.16.31 Ron Hill Great Britain GBR 25 Sep 38
7 2.16.34 Don MacGregor Great Britain GBR 23 Jul 39
8 2.16.56 Jack Foster New Zealand NZL 23 May 32
9 2.17.38 Jack Bacheler United States USA 30 Dec 43
10 2.18.37 Lengissa Bedane Ethiopia ETH 7 Dec 49
11 2.18.49 Seppo Nikkari Finland FIN 6 Feb 48
12 2.18.58 Akio Usami Japan JPN 31 May 43
13 2.19.50 Derek Clayton Australia AUS 17 Nov 42
14 2.20.02 Yuriy Velikorodnykh Soviet Union URS 18 Feb 42
15 2.20.10 Anatoliy Baranov Soviet Union URS 2 Feb 40
16 2.20.19 Paul Angenvoorth West Germany FRG 10 Aug 45
17 2.20.40 Richard Mabuza Swaziland SWZ 3 Mar 46
18 2.20.44 Demissie Wolde Ethiopia ETH 8 Mar 37
19 2.21.06 Reino Paukkonen Finland FIN 20 Sep 45
20 2.21.55 Colin Kirkham Great Britain GBR 30 Oct 44
21 2.22.12 Antonio Brutti Italy ITA 2 May 45
22 2.22.19 Dave McKenzie New Zealand NZL 16 Mar 43
23 2.22.25 Danny McDaid Ireland IRL 4 Aug 41
24 2.22.41 Renato Martini Italy ITA 12 Nov 49
25 2.22.50 Eckhard Lesse East Germany GDR 1 Dec 48
26 2.22.57 Jacinto Sabinal Mexico MEX 12 Aug 42
27 2.23.00 Gyula Tóth Hungary HUN 12 Apr 37
28 2.23.01 Fernand Kolbeck France FRA 11 Oct 44
29 2.23.40 Hernan Barreneche Colombia COL 25 Jul 49
30 2.24.00 Jørgen Jensen Denmark DEN 10 Apr 44
31 2.24.25 Manfred Steffny West Germany FRG 14 Aug 41
32 2.24.25 Lutz Philipp West Germany FRG 14 Oct 40
33 2.25.18 Ferenc Szekeres Hungary HUN 21 Mar 47
34 2.25.29 Terry Manners New Zealand NZL 19 Oct 39
35 2.25.37 Igor Shcherbak Soviet Union URS 9 Jun 43
36 2.25.59 Yoshiaki Unetani Japan JPN 6 Oct 44
37 2.26.46 Kim Chang-Son South Korea KOR 11 Apr 52
38 2.26.52 Francesco De Menego Italy ITA 8 Sep 44
39 2.27.24 Agustin Fernández Spain ESP 11 May 38
40 2.28.12 Edward Stawiarz Poland POL 16 Jun 40
41 2.28.25 Armando Aldegalega Portugal POR 23 Nov 37
42 2.28.32 Desmond McGann Ireland IRL 21 Jul 45
43 2.28.37 Carlos Cuque Guatemala GUA 24 Nov 45
44 2.29.09 Alfons Sidler Switzerland SUI 1 Nov 34
45 2.29.51 Alfredo Penaloza Mexico MEX 31 Mar 47
46 2.29.58 Walter Van Renterghem Belgium BEL 26 Mar 44
47 2.31.12 Donald Walsh Ireland IRL 27 Mar 48
48 2.31.56 Alvaro Mejia Colombia COL 15 May 40
49 2.32.29 Ryu Man Huong North Korea PRK 8 Jan 42
50 2.33.23 Carlos Pérez Spain ESP 1 Jun 35
51 2.35.48 Rafael Tadeo Mexico MEX 28 Sep 49
52 2.37.35 Victor Mora Colombia COL 24 Nov 44
53 2.38.19 Fernando Molina Argentina ARG 9 Apr 38
54 2.40.39 Julio Quevedo Guatemala GUA 17 Oct 39
55 2.42.37 Ramón Cabrera Argentina ARG 30 May 38
56 2.45.50 Matthews Kambale Malawi MAW 27 Dec 52
57 2.48.53 Hla Thein Myanmar MYA 25 Apr 44
58 2.56.11 Ricardo Condori Bolivia BOL 7 Feb 50
59 2.57.04 Fulgence Rwabu Uganda UGA 23 Nov 47
60 2.57.59 Bhakta Bahadur Sapkota Nepal NEP 47
61 3.07.23 Crispin Quispe Bolivia BOL 13 May 46
62 3.29.21 Maurice Charlotin Haiti HAI 6 Dec 44
DNF Jama Aden Somalia SOM 2 Sep 48
DNF Julius Wakachu Tanzania TAN 48
DNF Lucien Rosa Sri Lanka SRI 11 Feb 44
DNF Gaston Roelants Belgium BEL 5 Feb 37
DNF Pekka Tiihonen Finland FIN 29 Jun 47
DNF Nazario Araujo Argentina ARG 25 May 45
DNF Juvenal Rocha Bolivia BOL 3 May 48
More Details by Marathoninfo
 1972 MUNICH: Shorter victim of a prankster
Sunday, September 10 at 15 hours Frank Shorter (USA) 24 years 74 from 39 countries 12 (16.22%)
The Munich Olympics were to be those of peace, yet a terrible event will come endeuiller them, indeed the morning of 5 September, eight Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic village killed two Israeli team members took nine in hostage. During the ensuing struggle, the nine hostages were murdered and five terrorists and a policeman. The Olympics were suspended and a tribute to the memory of the dead took place in the Olympic Stadium. Defiance to terrorism, the International Olympic Committee ordered the continuation of the competition after a break of 34 hours. The marathon had not yet taken place, and an athlete who had all the chances to win it declared that shifting one day of competition (postponed to Sunday instead of Saturday initially planned) was being thwarted given that he was one of the first to use the Scandinavian dissociated diet regime and it leaves nothing to chance. This athlete was named Ron Hill, he was British. European champion, Commonwealth champion, it was indeed a serious customer who was the first to réliser less than 2:13 to Boston.

Other favorites in this competition may be mentioned Frank Shorter, who won the US from 1971 to 1974 Fukuoka Marathon four times consecutively !! Hard to put this man aside, as the Australian Derek Clayton, holding Mamo Wolde or the Japanese Usami.

So the games were to continue the cost costs, and the marathon was given, and Cabrera Molina Argentines out of the first stage, but very quickly a group will be formed with Clayton Hill, Shorter, and German Philipp Lutz Usami.

The Australian Clayton accelerates the 5th kilometer, feeling the pace falter somewhat, the Australian was capable of the best and the worst and as we have already said in the previous summary, there were difficulties in the man struggles man, but he had still done 2h08'33 "in Antwerp. Hill joined him and together they pass the 10th kilometer in 31'15". Behind Shorter do not panic, assured, it accelerates from the tenth, having quick to join the two rivals for the drop, being pointed in the 15th before the Belgian Lismont and Roelants, escaped earlier than the had envisaged from now his only concern will not falter to avoid exposure to a return back. Marched kilometers, ahead of Shorter passing 29 seconds had twentieth km, and 53 sec at the 25th km. His stride was still soft and nothing appeared on his face, while behind him everyone seemed toil.

Shorter finally will not be worried, the lead continued to grow steadily, and yet at the stage finish is not Shorter will be the first acclaimed.

an impostor receives honors

A few hundred meters from the finish, this is a young German who is leading. He returned to the stage to the cheers of 80,000 spectators and persuaded to cheer Shorter. Instead of an athlete, this is actually an impostor.
Norbert Sudhaus is part of a youth camp organized on the occasion of the Olympic Games. Aged 16, he found that the atmosphere is very sad after the unfortunate events that took place in the Olympic village a few days earlier. For fun, he decided without much thinking to take part at the end of the Olympic marathon. Backed by the security gates, it crosses without disease and then starts running towards the stadium, a race number on the back. After his triumphal entry into the stadium, spectators and officials discovered the deception. As soon as the last line, it is taken to the president of the organizing committee for explanation. Sudhaus had no sanction following his imposture. When Frank Shorter, true winner of this marathon entered the stage, he had no right to ovations hoped. He was well on acclaimed but not as much as had been sudhaus. The latter subsequently wrote a letter of apology to Shorter but received no response back. Shorter struggled to digest this incident and said at the games from 1976 we would see him in the head on stage unless another joker. Ironically, it was another German who preceded him in Montreal, but not a joker this time.

The first French Fernand will Kolbeck (28th) and Argentina's Nazario Araujo suddenly stop 60m from the finish. It was win more dead than alive on a stretcher ..

Still, that Shorter did not steal his victory, he was born in Munich, where his father was a doctor in the army of occupation, 31 October 1947, he has long harbored the project to become Olympic champion in his birthplace and neglected nothing that purpose. Thus, at its exit from Yale in 1969, he quickly abandoned medical studies conducted in New Mexico to go right in Florida. It was in fact to train at leisure. Traveling up to 320 kilometers a week, he had shaped his life according to the demands of distance running. His body also was adapted to these requirements: 1m79 for 61 kg, pulse beating at 38 beats minute at rest .. He had given priority to the marathon rather than 10000 meters, working in more endurance, what does not prevent him to break the record of the United States over the distance in series of OJ (27'58 ") and for the final (27'51") where he was 5th class. In short we are no longer surprised to see success taking into account all these elements despite the tiredness inherent to 10000 meters before that. Shorter We find the next Olympic Games where it will get the silver medal. After his career he created a company (Frank Shorter Sports) and become a commentator on TV for the Boston Marathon and the Olympics in 92 and 96 for the NBC television network. He is also the initiator of 10km Boulder (where he lives in colorado), which with 44000 registered is part of the largest mass races in the world.




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