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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
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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