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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, 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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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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