Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles
|Men's 110 metres hurdles|
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Umm al-Quwain stamp commemorating Milburn's gold medal
|Venue||Olympic Stadium, Munich, West Germany|
|Dates||3–7 September 1972|
|Competitors||39 from 27 nations|
|Winning time||13.24 WR|
|Athletics at the|
1972 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The men's 110 metres hurdles event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich was held from 3–7 September. Thirty-nine athletes from 27 nations competed. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Rod Milburn of the United States, the nation's ninth of nine consecutive victories and the 15th overall gold medal in the event for the Americans. Guy Drut's silver was France's first medal in the event and the best result by a non-American since 1936.
This was the 17th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Two finalists from 1968 returned: gold medalist Willie Davenport of the United States and sixth-place finisher Bo Forssander of Sweden. Davenport's countryman Rod Milburn was the "heavy favorite" entering the season, however. He had won 27 consecutive finals and set the world record in the 120 yards version of the race going into the U.S. Olympic trials, where he hit two early hurdles and nearly missed the team, coming in third to Tom Hill and Davenport.
The Bahamas and Senegal each made their first appearance in the event; East Germany made its first appearance as a separate nation. The United States made its 17th appearance, the only nation to have competed in the 110 metres hurdles in each Games to that point.
The competition continued to use the three-round format used since 1908 (except 1960, which had four rounds) and eight-man semifinals and finals, as well as the "fastest loser" system, used since 1964. The first round consisted of five heats, with 7 or 8 hurdlers each. The top three hurdlers in each heat, along with the next fastest overall, advanced to the semifinals. The 16 semifinalists were divided into two semifinals of 8 hurdlers each; the top four hurdlers in each advanced to the 8-man final.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1972 Summer Olympics.
|World record||Martin Lauer (FRG)||13.2||Zurich, Switzerland||7 July 1959|
|Olympic record||Ervin Hall (USA)||13.3||Mexico City, Mexico||17 October 1968|
In the final, Rod Milburn ran the hurdles in 13.24 seconds. This was recognized as equivalent to the standing hand-timed world record of 13.2 seconds, and was a new Olympic record. When the IAAF moved to keeping records based on auto-timed results in 1977, Milburn's performance was the best to that date and was recognized as the world record.
All three rounds were on separate days for the first time.
|Sunday, 3 September 1972||10:00||Round 1|
|Monday, 4 September 1972||15:00||Semifinals|
|Thursday, 7 September 1972||15:00||Final|
The top three runners in each of the five heats, and the next fastest, advanced to the semifinal round.
|1||3||Frank Siebeck||East Germany||13.83||Q|
|2||7||Willie Davenport||United States||13.97||Q|
|4||5||Eckart Berkes||West Germany||14.14|
|6||1||Arnaldo Bristol||Puerto Rico||14.61|
|7||6||Ahmed Ishtiaq Mubarak||Malaysia||14.78|
|8||2||Muhammad Ahmed Bashir||Pakistan||15.38|
|Wind: +0.2 m/s|
|1||4||Tom Hill||United States||13.62||Q|
|2||5||Berwyn Price||Great Britain||13.94||Q|
|3||1||Günther Nickel||West Germany||13.95||Q|
|5||7||Viktor Myasnikov||Soviet Union||14.13|
|8||6||Lee Chung-Ping||Republic of China||14.98|
|Wind: -1.6 m/s|
|1||4||Rod Milburn||United States||13.57||Q|
|7||2||Simbara Maki||Ivory Coast||14.59|
|Wind: -0.7 m/s|
|3||3||Alan Pascoe||Great Britain||14.08||Q|
|5||4||Manfred Schumann||West Germany||14.13|
|7||7||Moreldin Mohamed Hamdi||Sudan||15.80|
|Wind: +0.4 m/s|
|6||1||David Wilson||Great Britain||14.31|
|Wind: +0.7 m/s|
The top four in each of the two heats advanced to the final.
|1||7||Tom Hill||United States||13.47||Q|
|7||2||Berwyn Price||Great Britain||14.37|
|Wind: +1.2 m/s|
|1||5||Rod Milburn||United States||13.44||Q|
|2||8||Frank Siebeck||East Germany||13.58||Q|
|3||7||Willie Davenport||United States||13.73||Q|
|6||3||Günther Nickel||West Germany||14.23|
|7||2||Alan Pascoe||Great Britain||14.24|
|Wind: +0.0 m/s|
|5||Rod Milburn||United States||13.24||=WR/WR|
|7||Tom Hill||United States||13.48|
|4||1||Willie Davenport||United States||13.50|
|5||6||Frank Siebeck||East Germany||13.71|
|Wind: +0.3 m/s|
- "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 110 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- "110 metres Hurdles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
- Official Report, vol. 3, pp. 53–54.
- Milburn's auto-time result of 13.24 seconds was recognized at the time as equivalent to the hand-timed world record of 13.2 seconds; it was also the best auto-timed result and the inaugural world record for auto-timed results when the IAAF switched from hand-timed records to auto-timed records in 1977.