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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

Athletics at the 1972 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 4, 1972
Date Finished: September 8, 1972

Gold: GDR Annelie Ehrhardt
Silver: ROU Valeria Bufanu-Ştefănescu
Bronze: GDR Karin Richert-Balzer
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Had the Olympics been in 1970, the favorite would likely have been Taiwan’s Cheng Chi, 1968 bronze medalist, who set numerous records in that year in the hurdles and 100 yards/metres. But the Olympics were in 1972 and Chi was injured frequently after her wonder year, and she did not compete in München. Pam Kilborn and Karin Balzer were back again and would make their third consecutive final in this event. Balzer had recently won the 1971 Europeans and Kilborn the 1970 Commonwealth Games, defeating 1968 champion Maureen Caird in the process. Caird competed in München but did not get out of round one. The final was won very easily by the GDR’s Annelie Ehrhardt, who had been runner-up to Balzer at the 1971 Europeans. She won 2½ metres over Romania’s Valeria Bufanu with Balzer getting the bronze. Ehrhardt’s time of 12.59 was a world record which would not be broken until 1978.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Annelie Ehrhardt 22 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Valeria Bufanu-Ştefănescu 25 Romania ROU Silver
3 Karin Richert-Balzer 34 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Pam Kilborn-Ryan 33 Australia AUS
5 Teresa Nowak 30 Poland POL
6 Danuta Straszyńska 30 Poland POL
7 Annerose Krumpholz 20 East Germany GDR
8 Grażyna Rabsztyn 19 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/3 Patty van Wolvelaere-Johnson 22 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Jacqueline André 25 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Margit Bach 21 West Germany FRG
6 h2 r2/3 Heidi Schüller 22 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r2/3 Mamie Rallins 31 United States USA
7 h2 r2/3 Lacey O'Neal 28 United States USA
AC h1 r2/3 Meta Antenen 23 Switzerland SUI
4 h1 r1/3 Esther Shakhamorov-Rot 20 Israel ISR
5 h1 r1/3 Judy Vernon 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Brenda Matthews 23 New Zealand NZL
5 h3 r1/3 Maureen Caird 20 Australia AUS
5 h4 r1/3 Ann Wilson 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/3 Lucila Salao 18 Philippines PHI
6 h2 r1/3 Penny Gillies 21 Australia AUS
6 h3 r1/3 Margaret Murphy 27 Ireland IRL
6 h4 r1/3 Gun Olsson 26 Sweden SWE
7 h4 r1/3 Emilie Edet 26 Nigeria NGR