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Munich 1972 Olympics



The City of Munich: Munich is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria. Munich is Germany's third largest city. It is one of the most prosperous cities in Europe. Munich is located on the river Isar to the north of the Bavarian Alps. Marienplatz, Munich Residence, the Three Pinakotheks, German Museum of Masterpieces of Natural Sciences and Technology, Olympia Park, English Garden, BMW Building, Nymphenburg Palace and Bavaria Film Studios are some of the landmarks in Munich in Germany.

The Twentieth Olympiad: The 1972 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad. The Games were organized in Munich, the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria. The 1972 Summer Olympics were the second Summer Games held in Germany after the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Venue: The Twentieth Olympiad was held at the Olympiastadion in Munich in Germany. The stadium was situated at the heart of the Olympiapark in Munich. Olympiastadion was designed by the German architect Gunther Behnisch and engineer Frei Otto. This stadium was considered to be revolutionary for its time.

Participants: 7124 competitors from 121 countries took part in the twentieth Olympiad. The participating countries were Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Honduras, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Congo People Republic, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Dahomey, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany Democratic Republic, Germany Federal Republic, Ghana, Great Britain,

Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea people Republic, Korea Democratic Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagaskar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mali, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, eSwatini (Swaziland), Singapore, Spain, Sudan, Surinam, Syria, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Republic, U.S.S.R., U.S.A.,US Virgin Islands, Upper Volta, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia and Zambia.

Events: There were 195 events in 23 sports in the twentieth Summer Games in 1972. Medals were awarded for archery , athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: U.S.S.R. won the competition by winning 99 medals in total with 50 gold, 27 silver and 22 bronze medals. United States won 94 medals in total with 33 gold medals. Germany won 13 gold medals and 40 medals in total.

A Brief Description of the Twentieth Olympiad: The Twentieth Summer Games were held from 26 th August to 11 th September in the year 1972 in Munich, the capital city of German Federal State of Bavaria. The Games were officially opened by Gustav Heinemann. The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Heidi schuller. In the stadium, the Olympic Flame was lit by Gunther Zahn. For the first time judges took Olympic oath led by Heinz Pollay.


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