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Women's Pentathlon

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 2, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972
Format: Scoring by 1962/1971 point tables.

Gold: GBR Mary Peters
Silver: FRG Heide Rosendahl
Bronze: GDR Burglinde Pollak

Summary

At the 1971 European Championships, Heide Rosendahl had narrowly defeated Burglinde Pollak by 24 points, and they were the two favorites in München. In the second event, Mary Peters of Northern Ireland had the longest shot put (16.20) and moved into the lead. She also led the high jump with 1.82 (5-11½) and had a big lead after day one with Pollan second, while Rosendahl was in fifth place. The second day started with the long jump, and Rosendahl, who had won the individual long jump, led with a superb 6.83 (22-5) effort, but she was still over 100 points down to Peters. Rosendahl was also a good sprinter, and he 22.96 allowed her set a “world record” of 4,791 points, but Peters crossed the line 1.12 seconds later and bettered that mark with 4,801 points to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1971AT) P(1985AT) EWT
1 Mary Peters 33 Great Britain GBR Gold 4.801 4.841 WR
2 Heide Rosendahl 25 West Germany FRG Silver 4.791 4.852
3 Burglinde Pollak 21 East Germany GDR Bronze 4.768 4.807
4 Christine Bodner-Laser 21 East Germany GDR 4.671 4.699
5 Valentina Tikhomirova 31 Soviet Union URS 4.597 4.604
6 Nedyalka Angelova 23 Bulgaria BUL 4.496 4.497
7 Karen Mack 24 West Germany FRG 4.449 4.441
8 Ilona Bruzsenyák 21 Hungary HUN 4.419 4.403
9 Nadiya Tkachenko 23 Soviet Union URS 4.370 4.347
10 Diane Jones 21 Canada CAN 4.349 4.318
11 Ðurđa Fočić 24 Yugoslavia YUG 4.332 4.291
12 Margot Eppinger 20 West Germany FRG 4.313 4.272
13 Ann Wilson 22 Great Britain GBR 4.279 4.260 3-2
14 Modupe Oshikoya 18 Nigeria NGR 4.279 4.260 2-3
15 Debbie Van Kiekebelt 18 Canada CAN 4.272 4.224
16 Lyn Tillett 19 Australia AUS 4.258 4.237
17 Marie-Christine Debourse 20 France FRA 4.239 4.191
18 Monika Peikert 20 East Germany GDR 4.232 4.192
19 Gale Fitzgerald 21 United States USA 4.206 4.144
20 Elena Vintilă 26 Romania ROU 4.199 4.174
21 Jane Frederick 20 United States USA 4.167 4.095
22 Odette Ducas 31 France FRA 4.101 4.045
23 Margit Papp 24 Hungary HUN 4.074 3.997
24 Edith Noeding 17 Peru PER 3.870 3.751
25 Lucía Vaamonde 22 Venezuela VEN 3.794 3.685
26 Kathrin Lardi 29 Switzerland SUI 3.788 3.667
27 Margaret Murphy 27 Ireland IRL 3.770 3.652
28 Lin Chun-Yu 22 Chinese Taipei TPE 3.676 3.535
AC Liese Sykora-Prokop 31 Austria AUT DNF
AC Gladys Chai 19 Malaysia MAS DNF