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Munich 1972 Olympic Medals Table

Also known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, the 1972 Munich Olympics took place from 26 August to 11 September, 1972. Around 7,134 athletes from 121 NOCs participated in 195 events from 23 different sports. Games including slalom canoeing, Men's indoor handball and kayaking were the debutants in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Interestingly, archery returned to Olympics after a long gap of 52 years. On the medals part, USSR topped the list by earning 50 gold, 27 silver and 22 bronze medals. Following USSR were United States of America, German Democratic Republic, Federal Republic of Germany and so on. Although the 1972 Munich Games were overshadowed by the Munich massacre, the medals table had the world's best teams winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

It was during the 1972 Munich Games that the West German Liselot Linsenhoff, who competed in the dressage event, became the first female equestrian to have won a gold medal. Among the memorable champions were the US swimmer Mark Spitz, who broke seven world records by winning seven gold medals and Olga Korbut, whose victory in the finals caught multiple eyeballs. With 121 National Olympic Committees participating in the Games, the Munich 1972 Olympics became the largest international sports event.

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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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