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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: FRG West Germany

Summary

The United States was a clear favorite, and they sent out the junior varsity in the first round, but they still had the fastest qualifier, defeating the East Germans in the second heat, although the GDR saved only Kornelia Ender for the final. The final started with Melissa Belote swimming backstroke for the Americans but she barely led over the Netherlands’ Enith Brigitha. On the breaststroke leg, Cathy Carr , the 100 breaststroke champion, put the race away for the United States, opening a big lead over the Soviet Union’s Galina Stepanova, as they moved into second with East Germany third. Deena Deardurff’s butterfly leg pushed the margin to three bodylengths and Sandy Neilson brought the Americans home in a world record 4:20.75, more than four seconds clear of the GDR, with West Germany moving ahead of the Soviet Union for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 East Germany GDR Silver
3 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Soviet Union URS
5 Netherlands NED
6 Japan JPN
7 Canada CAN
8 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r1/2 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/2 Ireland IRL
7 h2 r1/2 France FRA
8 h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
8 h2 r1/2 Mexico MEX