New Zealand coxless fours win Silver in Munich, 1972

On that Olympic finals day there were hundreds of New Zealand supporters at the Feldmoching course, and they made an impressive amount of noise, chanting “black, black, black” as they sought to spur on the three New Zealand crews in action.

The coxless four – Mills, Ross Collinge, Dick Tonks and Dudley Storey – fought a magnificent battle with a really crack East German team that had not lost in six years.

The lead changed six times and New Zealand were in front at the 1500m mark. Over the last 500m the New Zealanders were run down by the East Germans, who won by 1.3s. The two boats were out by themselves, with a gap of three seconds to the third-placed West Germans.

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