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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 1, 1972

Gold: AUS Shane Gould
Silver: USA Shirley Babashoff
Bronze: USA Keena Rothhammer

Summary

In 1971 Australian Shane Gould had set two world records in this event. But American Shirley Babashoff bested those at the 1972 US Olympic Trials in Chicago in August. Gould took the lead in the final almost immediately and at 100 metres was half-a-bodylength ahead of the American trio of Babashoff, Keena Rothhammer, and Ann Marshall. By 150 metres Gould had open water. Babashoff and Rothhammer would better the Chicago world record, but it would only be good for the silver and bronze medals, as Gould shattered the mark with 2:03.56. Gould would eventually win three golds, a silver, and a bronze in Munich and then retire from swimming in early 1973.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shane Gould 15 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Shirley Babashoff 15 United States USA Silver
3 Keena Rothhammer 15 United States USA Bronze
4 Ann Marshall 14 United States USA
5 Andrea Eife 16 East Germany GDR
6 Hansje Bunschoten 14 Netherlands NED
7 Anke Rijnders 16 Netherlands NED
8 Karin Tülling 17 East Germany GDR
2 h2 r1/2 Helen Gray 15 Australia AUS
2 h4 r1/2 Deborah Palmer 15 Australia AUS
3 h1 r1/2 Jutta Weber 18 West Germany FRG
3 h2 r1/2 Nadezhda Matyukhina 18 Soviet Union URS
3 h3 r1/2 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya 17 Soviet Union URS
3 h4 r1/2 Uta Schütz 17 West Germany FRG
3 h5 r1/2 Gudrun Wegner 17 East Germany GDR
4 h1 r1/2 Merrily Stratten 21 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/2 Françoise Monod 13 Switzerland SUI
4 h3 r1/2 Yelena Timoshenko 16 Soviet Union URS
4 h4 r1/2 Mary Beth Rondeau 15 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/2 Angela Steinbach 17 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r1/2 Heather Coombridge 19 New Zealand NZL
5 h2 r1/2 Olga de Angulo 16 Colombia COL
5 h3 r1/2 Diana Sutherland 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/2 Susan Edmondson 16 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/2 Lesley Allardice 15 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Karen LeGresley 21 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/2 Silvia Borgini 14 Argentina ARG
6 h3 r1/2 Ileana Morales 15 Venezuela VEN
6 h4 r1/2 Lucy Burle 17 Brazil BRA
6 h5 r1/2 Roselina Angee 14 Colombia COL
7 h1 r1/2 Belinda Phillips 13 Jamaica JAM
7 h4 r1/2 Marcia Arriaga 16 Mexico MEX
7 h5 r1/2 Hsu Yue-Yun 14 Chinese Taipei TPE