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Canoeing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's Kayak Singles, Slalom

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Canoe Slalom Course, Augsburg
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: August 30, 1972
Format: Two runs, best score of two to count.

Gold: GDR Angelika Bahmann
Silver: FRG Gisela Grothaus
Bronze: FRG Magdalena Wunderlich

Summary

Canoe slalom singles appeared at the Olympics for the first time in 1972 and, unlike in the sprint events, up to three competitors from a single nation were allowed to compete. East Germany’s Angelika Bahmann, the reigning World Champion, was the favorite, but she would certainly be challenged by Czechoslovakia’s Ludmila Polesná, the 1967 and 1969 World Champion and 1971 runner-up. After the first run, Bahmann was in second after West Germany’s Magdalena Wunderlich, a relatively unheralded competitor. Poland’s Maria Ćwiertniewicz, meanwhile, was a distant third. Bahmann underwent a massive improvement in the second run and posted an impressive score that was more than sufficient to win gold. The biggest jump, however, came from West Germany’s Gisela Grothaus, who was ninth in round one, but runner-up in the second round and earned enough points to nab the silver medal. Ćwiertniewicz, meanwhile, improved her score, but not enough to pass Wunderlich, whose run one score allowed her to take bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Angelika Bahmann 20 East Germany GDR Gold 364.50
2 Gisela Grothaus 17 West Germany FRG Silver 398.15
3 Magdalena Wunderlich 20 West Germany FRG Bronze 400.50
4 Maria Ćwiertniewicz 20 Poland POL 432.30
5 Kunegunda Godawska-Olchawa 21 Poland POL 441.05
6 Victoria Brown 22 Great Britain GBR 443.71
7 Ulrike Deppe 18 West Germany FRG 456.44
8 Bohumila Kapplová 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 460.16
9 Lyn Ashton 20 United States USA 476.41
10 Martina Falke 21 East Germany GDR 482.20
11 Sybille Boedecker 23 East Germany GDR 482.88
12 Danielle Kamber 17 Switzerland SUI 521.81
13 Heather Goodman 37 Great Britain GBR 527.50
14 Cindy Goodwin 20 United States USA 528.50
15 Louise Holcombe 18 United States USA 532.30
16 Ludmila Polesná 37 Czechoslovakia TCH 537.47
17 Rosine Roland 23 Belgium BEL 552.03
18 Barbara Sattler 24 Austria AUT 557.67
19 Biruta Hercova-Hercberga 27 Soviet Union URS 614.42
20 Elisabeth Käser 21 Switzerland SUI 632.88
21 Pauline Goodwin 26 Great Britain GBR 673.60
22 Růžena Novotná 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 679.80