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Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 28, 1972

Gold: AUS Shane Gould
Silver: GDR Kornelia Ender
Bronze: USA Lynn Vidali

Summary

This was the first women’s swimming final of the 1972 Olympics, and it featured the world’s top female swimmer, Australia’s Shane Gould. Lynn Vidali (USA) was back after winning a silver medal in 1968 in the 400 IM, and using her strong backstroke leg she led the final of this race at 100 metres. Gould almost pulled even on the breaststroke and then used her freestyle dominance to pull away for the expected gold medal in a world record 2:23.07. Behind her, Vidali faded on the final lap and was passed by 13-year-old East Germany Kornelia Ender, Vidali winning bronze. Ender would win three medals in Munich, adding two in relays, but she would be heard from much more in Montréal, winning five medals there, including four golds. Gould would continue to star in Munich, eventually finishing with three golds and five Olympic medals in all.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shane Gould 15 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Kornelia Ender 13 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Lynn Vidali 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Jenny Bartz 17 United States USA
5 Leslie Cliff 17 Canada CAN
6 Evelyn Stolze 18 East Germany GDR
7 Yoshimi Nishigawa 19 Japan JPN
8 Carolyn Woods 17 United States USA
1 h1 r1/2 Nina Petrova 16 Soviet Union URS
2 h1 r1/2 Anita Zarnowiecki 18 Sweden SWE
2 h3 r1/2 Brigitte Schuchardt 17 East Germany GDR
2 h6 r1/2 Ágnes Kaczander-Kiss 18 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/2 Gail Neall 17 Australia AUS
3 h2 r1/2 Jaroslava Slavíčková 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h3 r1/2 Martha Nelson 17 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/2 Susan Hunter 16 New Zealand NZL
3 h5 r1/2 Birutė Užkuraitytė 19 Soviet Union URS
3 h6 r1/2 Yukari Takemoto 17 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/2 Karen James 19 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/2 Hennie Penterman 20 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/2 Shelagh Ratcliffe 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/2 Wijda Mazereeuw 19 Netherlands NED
4 h5 r1/2 Susan Richardson 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h6 r1/2 Susanne Niesner 17 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r1/2 Debra Cain 16 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Éva Kiss 18 Hungary HUN
5 h3 r1/2 Gerda Lassooij 20 Netherlands NED
5 h4 r1/2 Avis Willington 16 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/2 Judit Turóczy 24 Hungary HUN
5 h6 r1/2 Karin Bormann 18 West Germany FRG
6 h1 r1/2 Eleni Avlonitou 13 Greece GRE
6 h2 r1/2 Hsu Yue-Yun 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h3 r1/2 Eva Sigg 21 Finland FIN
6 h4 r1/2 Maria Isabel Guerra 17 Brazil BRA
6 h5 r1/2 Trine Krogh 17 Norway NOR
6 h6 r1/2 Helmi Boxberger 22 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r1/2 Patricia López 16 Argentina ARG
7 h2 r1/2 María Ballesteros 15 Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/2 Gisela Cerezo 16 Venezuela VEN
7 h4 r1/2 Kirsten Strange-Campbell 28 Denmark DEN
7 h5 r1/2 Felicia Ospitaletche 18 Uruguay URU
7 h6 r1/2 Roselina Angee 14 Colombia COL
8 h6 r1/2 Ong Mei Lin 20 Malaysia MAS
AC h3 r1/2 Laura Vaca 19 Mexico MEX DQ