Munich 1972 Germany 26 August - 10 September 1972

  • Host Nation Germany
  • Sports 21
  • Duration 26 August - 10 September 1972
  • Competition Venues 30
  • Competing Athletes 7170
  • Competing Nations 121
DAYS SINCE Munich 1972
15,715 DAYS

About the Games

The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was held in Munich, West Germany.

American swimmer Mark Spitz, set a world record when he won seven gold medals in all the competitions he took part in. Olga Korbut, a Soviet gymnast, became a media star after winning a gold medal in the team competition event and finally winning two gold medals in the Balance Beam and the floor exercise events.

The Great Britain team included 69-year old equestrian Lorna Johnstone - the oldest British athlete ever to appear in the Olympic Games.

Medal Record

Medal Total

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