ⓘ Australia at the 1972 Summer Olympics

                                     

ⓘ Australia at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Australia competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. Australian athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games. 168 competitors, 139 men and 29 women, took part in 110 events in 20 sports.

                                     

1. Medalists

Gold

  • Shane Gould - Swimming, Womens 200m Freestyle
  • Gail Neall - Swimming, Womens 400m Individual Medley
  • Shane Gould - Swimming, Womens 400m Freestyle
  • Beverley Whitfield - Swimming, Womens 200m Breaststroke
  • John Anderson and David Forbes - Sailing, Mens Star Team Competition
  • Thomas Anderson, John Cuneo and John Shaw - Sailing, Mens Dragon Team Competition
  • Shane Gould - Swimming, Womens 200m Individual Medley
  • Bradford Cooper - Swimming, Mens 400m Freestyle

Silver

  • Graham Windeatt - Swimming, Mens 1.500m Freestyle
  • Raelene Boyle - Athletics, Womens 200m
  • John Nicholson - Cycling, Mens 1.000m Sprint Scratch
  • Shane Gould - Swimming, Womens 800m Freestyle
  • Raelene Boyle - Athletics, Womens 100m
  • Danny Clark - Cycling, Mens 1.000m Time Trial
  • Clyde Sefton - Cycling, Mens Individual Road Race

Bronze

  • Shane Gould - Swimming, Womens 100m Freestyle
  • Beverley Whitfield - Swimming, Womens 100m Breaststroke
                                     

2. Archery

In the first modern archery competition at the Olympics, Australia entered two men and one woman. Their highest placing competitors were Terene Donovan and Graeme Telford, who both placed 9th place in their respective competitions.

Womens Individual Competition:

  • Terene Donovan - 2356 points → 9th place

Mens Individual Competition:

  • Terence Reilly - 2387 points → 15th place
  • Graeme Telford - 2423 points → 9th place
                                     

3. Athletics

Mens 800 metres

  • Graeme Rootham
  • Heat - 1:48.2 → did not advance

Mens 1.500 metres

  • Chris Fisher
  • Heat - 3:42.5
  • Semifinals - 3:42.0 → did not advance

Mens 5.000 metres

  • Heat - 13:42.8 → did not advance
  • Tony Benson
  • Kerry OBrien
  • Heat - did not start → did not advance

Mens 3.000m Steeplechase

  • Qualifying Heat - did not finish → did not advance
  • Kerry OBrien

Mens High Jump

  • Final - 2.10m → 18th place
  • Qualifying Round - 2.15m
  • Lawrie Peckham
                                     

4. Basketball

Mens Team Competition
  • Lost to Czechoslovakia 68-69
  • Lost to Cuba 70-84
  • Lost to United States 55-81
  • Defeated Brazil 75-69
  • Lost to Spain 74-79
  • Preliminary Round Group A
  • Defeated Egypt 89-66
  • Defeated Japan 92-76
  • Classification Matches
  • 9th/10th place: Defeated Poland 91-83 → 9th place
  • 9th/12th place: Defeated West Germany 70-69
  • Tom Bender
  • Perry Crosswhite
  • Glenn Marsland
  • Team Roster
  • Ken James
  • Richard Duke
  • Ian Watson
  • Ray Tomlinson
  • Bill Wyatt
  • Toli Koltuniewicz
  • Brian Kerle
  • Eddie Palubinskas
  • Peter Byrne
  • Head Coach: Lindsay Gaze
                                     

5. Boxing

Mens Light Middleweight – 71 kg

  • Third Round - Lost to Mohamed Majeri TUN, 0:5
  • Second Round - Defeated Michel Belliard FRA, 4:1
  • First Round - Bye
  • Alan Jenkinson
                                     

6. Cycling

Ten cyclists represented Australia in 1972.

Individual road race
  • Donald Allan - 58th place
  • Clyde Sefton - Silver Medal
  • John Trevorrow - 32nd place
  • David Jose - 29th place
Team time trial
  • Clyde Sefton
  • Graeme Jose
  • Donald Allan
  • John Trevorrow
Sprint
  • John Nicholson
1000m time trial
  • Daniel Clark
  • Final - 1:06.87 → Silver Medal
Individual pursuit
  • John Bylsma
Team pursuit
  • Philip Sawyer
  • Danny Clark
  • Steele Bishop
  • Remo Sansonetti


                                     

7. Diving

Mens 3m Springboard:

  • Donald Wagstaff - 344.13 points → 13th place
  • Kenneth Grove - 302.91 points → 29th place

Mens 10m Platform:

  • Donald Wagstaff - 435.84 points → 11th place
  • Kenneth Grove - 254.73 points → 32nd place

Womens 10m Platform:

  • Glenise Anne Jones - 157.20 points → 26th place
                                     

8. Hockey

Mens Team Competition
  • Defeated Kenya 3-1
  • Drew with New Zealand 0-0
  • Preliminary Round Group B
  • Lost to the Netherlands 2-3
  • Lost to India 1-3
  • Drew with Great Britain 1-1
  • Defeated Poland 1-0
  • Defeated Mexico 10-0
  • Defeated Malaysia 2-1
  • Semi Final Round
  • 5th/6th place: Defeated Great Britain 2-1 after extra time → 5th place
  • Classification Match
  • Ronald Riley
  • Team Roster
  • Brian Glencross
  • Robert Haigh
  • Desmond Piper
  • Ric Charlesworth
  • Paul Dearing
  • Patrick Nilan
  • Wayne Hammond
  • Donald Smart
  • Robert Andrew
  • Ronald Wilson
  • James Mason
  • Graeme Reid
  • Greg Browning
  • Terry McAskell
                                     

9. Modern pentathlon

Two male pentathletes represented Australia in 1972.

Mens Individual Competition:

  • Peter Macken - 4449 points → 41st place
  • Robert Barrie - 4600 points → 32nd place
                                     

10. Swimming

Mens 100m Freestyle

  • Michael Wenden
  • Final - 52.41s → 5th place
  • Heat - 52.34s
  • Semifinals - 53.32s
  • Greg Rogers
  • Semifinals - 54.26s → did not advance
  • Heat - 53.98s
  • Heat - 55.32s → did not advance
  • Neil Rogers

Mens 200m Freestyle

  • Heat - 1:56.66
  • Final - 1:54.40 → 4th place
  • Michael Wenden
  • Heat - 1:58.60 → did not advance
  • Graham White
  • Heat - 1:57.69 → did not advance
  • Robert Nay

Mens 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat - 3:40.47 → did not advance
  • Neil Rogers, Graham White, Bruce Featherston and Greg Rogers

Mens 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat - 7:49.03
  • Graham Windeatt, Bruce Featherstone, Michael Wenden, and Graham White
  • Michael Wenden, Graham Windeatt, Robert Nay, and Bradford Cooper
  • Final - 7:48.66 → 5th place

Mens 200m Butterfly

  • James Norman Findlay
  • Heat - 2:08.36 4th Place

Mens 200m Individual Medley

  • Heat - 2:20.08 6th Place
  • James Norman Findlay


                                     
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