Germany1972 PARALYMPIC Wheelchair Basketball in  HEIDELBERG GERMANYGermany

By Michael C. Bryce

The 1972 Paralympics was not held in the same city as the Summer Olympics. The International Stoke Mandeville Games Committee had planned that the German Disabled Sports Association (DVS) would stage the Games in Munich following the Olympic Games. But after the Summer Olympics, the Olympic village was to be closed and converted into private apartments. The DVS tried unsuccessfully to arrange for suitable accommodation in Munich for the expected 1,000 athletes.

The city of Heidelberg stepped in and invited the organizers to stage the Games at the University’s Institute for Physical Training. To run the Games, the oganizing committee and the DVS sourced for funds from the German ministries of Labor and Interior, the National Olympic Committee, and from the government of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Dr. Gustav Heineman, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, was the patron of the Games and officiated at the Opening Ceremony on 2 August. Some 1,004 athletes from 41 countries took part. The German contingent was the largest with 80 competitors, followed by Great Britain and France.

The 1972 Paralympics in Heidelberg also saw the inclusion of different disability groups and exhibition events such as Goalball and the 100m for the blind and visually impaired. In the seven days of competition, several new records were set, mostly in Swimming, where electronic touch pads were used for the first time. Van der Bender from the Netherlands set a new record in the 100m Freestyle in 1:12.40 minutes.

Other noteworthy performances—Reimer of Canada set a world record in Discus with a throw of 29.91m and Zipora Rubin of Israel set a world record in Javelin with 18.5m. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball was another highlight. A capacity crowd of 4,000 watched as the United States squeezed out defending champions Israel 59:58 to take the gold.

At the post-Games meeting, coaches and trainers discussed the need to develop and refine the sports rules for each event, and decided to create sub-committees for each sport in the International Stoke Mandeville Games. Previously, rules were set by a technical committee, which had finite knowledge of the aspects. The creation of the sub-committees led to more self-determination in the movement, especially in the development of wheelchair sports.

Heidelberg will also be remembered for the richness of social and cultural activities during the Games. It was here that the idea of a "Beer Tent" for all participants was started. The Beer Tent, a big marquee set up at the Rehabilitation Center, became a focal point for informal evening entertainment, and this tradition was to follow in future annual International Stoke Mandeville Games and the Paralympics of 1976, 1980 and 1984.

The wheelchair basketball games were played in the recently constructed National Gymnasium. The semifinals and Gold medal games were played were in the Federal Sports Centre. The Women's Competition increased from 5 teams in 1968 to 7 teams in 1972. These were the first Paralympics to play all games indoors. It also was the last competition organized by the International Stoke Mandeville Games. Rules, regulations and competitions around the world would thereafter be organized and administered by The Wheelchair Basketball Sub Committee. 

After nearly 10 years of searching for actual game scores I found some from Tip Thiboutot's online PDF files. In the women's game scores I found that Jamaica was recorded as defeating Israel 35 to 2. This score I am sure is not correct however I have included it until the correct score is discovered. In the men's competition I am still missing at least 6 of the B Pool games in the developmental Division 2 however the final standings are correct. 

 

 

WOMEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

final standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAMES PLAYED

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS F AVG

PTS AGT

PTS A AVG

COACH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mmmmmmmmmmmmm

gold

1

ARGArgentina

4

4

0

130

32.5

79

19.8

 

silver

2

JAM

4

3

1

112

28.0

57

14.3

 

bronze

3

ISR

5

4

1

111

27.8

57

14.3

Avraham Tshuva

 

4

GER

5

2

3

82

16.4

138

27.6

Horst Strohkendl

 

5

CAN

3

1

2

40

13.3

66

22.0

Vic Cue

 

6

GBR

2

0

2

10

5.0

75

37.5

 

 

7

YUG

3

0

3

27

13.5

40

20.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

suggested scores (no games sheets provided)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POOL A

ISR

35

GER

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN

18

YUG

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GER

22

YUG

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISR

36

CAN

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GER

22

CAN

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISR

2

YUG

0

DEFAULT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POOL B

ARG

25

JAM

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAM

28

GBR

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARG

47

GBR

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEMI

ARG

30

GER

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAM

35

ISR

2

not correct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLD/SILVER

 

ARG

28

JAM

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRONZE

 

ISR

38

GER

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972

MEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVISION 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

final standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 

 

 

GAMES PLAYED

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS F AVG

PTS AGT

PTS A AVG

COACH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gold

1

USAUnited States of America

5

5

0

321

64.2

216

43.2

Stan Labanowich

silver

2

ISR

5

3

2

355

71.0

251

50.2

Shimon Shelach

bronze

3

ARG

6

5

1

372

62.0

248

41.3

 

 

4

GBR

6

3

3

246

41.0

248

41.3

Ralph Hill-Jones

 

5

SWE

4

2

2

158

39.5

192

48.0

Robert Perri

 

6

FRA

3

1

2

150

50.0

199

66.3

 

 

7

NED

4

1

3

144

48.0

159

53.0

 

 

8

AUS

4

1

3

172

43.0

312

78.0

 

 

9

ITA

5

0

5

167

41.8

260

65.0

 

 

 

 

68

29

39

2876

 

3207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

suggested scores (no games sheets provided)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVISION 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

aug 2 - 6

POOL A

ARG

56

GBR

48

 

 

 

 

 

preliminary

 

SWE

52

ITA

37

 

 

 

 

 

rounds

 

GBR

40

ITA

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWE

42

NED

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARG

78

SWE

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NED

44

ITA

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GBR

39

NED

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARG

70

ITA

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARG

61

NED

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GBR

44

SWE

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POOL B

ISR

83

FRA

41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA

85

AUS

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA

63

FRA

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISR

101

AUS

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRA

74

AUS

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA

62

ISR

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8TH/9TH

AUS

54

ITA

52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEMI FINALS

USA

52

GBR

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISR

55

ARG

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINALS

USA

59

ISR

58

GOLD/SILVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARG

54

GBR

39

BRONZE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVISION 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

final standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAMES PLAYED

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS F AVG

PTS AGT

PTS A AVG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

GER

6

6

0

284

47.3

179

29.8

 

 

2

BEL

6

4

2

286

47.7

170

28.3

 

 

3

ESP

6

4

2

244

40.7

204

34.0

 

 

4

BRA

6

3

3

105 (3games)

35.0 (3games)

125(3games)

41.7(3 games)

 

 

5

CAN

4

3

1

185

46.3

135

33.8

 

 

6

JAM

4

2

2

35

1 GAME

54

1 GAME

 

 

7

POR

4

1

3

99

24.8

210

52.5

 

 

7

YUG

4

1

3

22

1 GAME

51

1 GAME

 

 

9

IRE

4

0

4

21

1 GAME

60

1 GAME

 

 

9

SUI

4

0

4

91

22.8

184

46.0

 

 

 

 

159

34

98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POOL A

BEL

43

ESP

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN

38

BEL

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEL

71

POR

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEL

66

SUI

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESP

55

CAN

39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESP

58

POR

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESP

39

SUI

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN

56

POR

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN

52

SUI

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POR

27

SUI

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POOL B

GER

46

BRA

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GER

54

JAM

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GER

51

YUG

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GER

60

IRE

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

missing other 6 games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

semi finals

GER

33

ESP

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEL

38

BRA

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

final 1/2

GER

40

BEL

36

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/4 placing

ESP

41

BRA

39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO OTHER PLACING SCORES FOUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL COUNTRY MEDAL COUNT

1972 Heidelberg (Germany)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany 28 15 24 67
2 USA 17 28 28 73
3 South Africa 16 12 13 41
4 Great Britain 15 15 20 50
5 Netherlands 14 13 11 38
6 Poland 14 12 7 33
7 France 10 8 12 30
8 Israel 9 10 9 28
9 Italy 8 3 5 16
10 Jamaica 8 3 4 15
11 Australia 6 9 10 25
12 Canada 6 6 8 20
13 Austria 6 6 5 17
14 Sweden 5 5 5 15
15 Japan 4 5 3 12
16 Rhodesia 3 5 4 12
17 New Zealand 3 3 3 9
18 Switzerland 3 2 3 8
19 Korea 3 2 1 6
20 Argentina 2 5 3 10
21 Ireland 2 4 2 8
22 Norway 1 5 5 11
23 Belgium 1 2 2 5
24 Yugoslavia 1 1 2 4
25 India 1 0 0 1
26 Kenya 1 0 0 1
27 Spain 0 4 1 5
28 Finland 0 2 2 4
29 Hong Kong 0 1 1 2
30 Hungary 0 0 1 1
31 Russia 0 0 1 1

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