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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972

Gold: AUS Gail Neall
Silver: CAN Leslie Cliff
Bronze: ITA Novella Calligaris


The world record was still held by [Claudia Kolb], the 1968 gold medalist who had won this event in 1968. The 1970 European Champion was East Germany’s [Evelyn Stolze], and she made the final, but there was no clear favorite. The final saw Australia’s unheralded [Gail Neall], silver medalist from the 1970 Commonwealth Games, take the lead on the butterfly opener. She maintained that lead for 7 laps until Canada’s [Leslie Cliff], the 1971 Pan American champion, took over briefly. But Neall fought back and won the gold medal in world record time, with 5:02.97. Cliff held on for silver over Italy’s [Novella Calligaris], as all three medalists finished inside Kolb’s previous world mark. Stolze placed fifth, behind American [Jenny Bartz].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gail Neall 17 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Leslie Cliff 17 Canada CAN Silver
3 Novella Calligaris 17 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Jenny Bartz 17 United States USA
5 Evelyn Stolze 18 East Germany GDR
6 Mary Montgomery 15 United States USA
7 Lynn Vidali 20 United States USA
8 Nina Petrova 16 Soviet Union URS
1 h2 r1/2 Hennie Penterman 20 Netherlands NED
2 h1 r1/2 Susan Hunter 16 New Zealand NZL
2 h2 r1/2 Marlies Pohl 16 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r1/2 Jaroslava Slavíčková 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h2 r1/2 Jennifer McHugh 14 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/2 Gerda Lassooij 20 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/2 Angela Franke 14 East Germany GDR
4 h1 r1/2 Birutė Užkuraitytė 19 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r1/2 Debbie Bengtson 15 Canada CAN
4 h3 r1/2 Maria Isabel Guerra 17 Brazil BRA
4 h4 r1/2 Yukari Takemoto 17 Japan JPN
4 h5 r1/2 Anita Zarnowiecki 18 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Helga Niemann 16 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r1/2 Eva Sigg 21 Finland FIN
5 h3 r1/2 Trine Krogh 17 Norway NOR
5 h4 r1/2 Wijda Mazereeuw 19 Netherlands NED
5 h5 r1/2 Susan Richardson 17 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Shelagh Ratcliffe 20 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Karen Moras 18 Australia AUS
6 h3 r1/2 Diane Walker 16 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r1/2 Laura Vaca 19 Mexico MEX
6 h5 r1/2 Susanne Niesner 17 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/2 Helmi Boxberger 22 West Germany FRG
7 h2 r1/2 Kirsten Strange-Campbell 28 Denmark DEN
7 h3 r1/2 Eleni Avlonitou 13 Greece GRE
7 h4 r1/2 Roselina Angee 14 Colombia COL
7 h5 r1/2 Gisela Cerezo 16 Venezuela VEN
8 h1 r1/2 Silvia Borgini 14 Argentina ARG
8 h3 r1/2 Béatrice Mottoulle 16 Belgium BEL
8 h5 r1/2 María Ballesteros 15 Mexico MEX