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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

Athletics at the 1972 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 4, 1972
Date Finished: September 8, 1972

Gold: GDR Annelie Ehrhardt
Silver: ROU Valeria Bufanu-Ștefănescu
Bronze: GDR Karin Richert-Balzer


Had the Olympics been in 1970, the favorite would likely have been Taiwan’s [Cheng Chi], 1968 bronze medalist, who set numerous records in that year in the hurdles and 100 yards/metres. But the Olympics were in 1972 and Chi was injured frequently after her wonder year, and she did not compete in München. [Pam Kilborn] and [Karin Balzer] were back again and would make their third consecutive final in this event. Balzer had recently won the 1971 Europeans and Kilborn the 1970 Commonwealth Games, defeating 1968 champion [Maureen Caird] in the process. Caird competed in München but did not get out of round one. The final was won very easily by the GDR’s [Annelie Ehrhardt], who had been runner-up to Balzer at the 1971 Europeans. She won 2½ metres over Romania’s [Valeria Bufanu] with Balzer getting the bronze. Ehrhardt’s time of 12.59 was a world record which would not be broken until 1978.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Annelie Ehrhardt 22 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Valeria Bufanu-Ștefănescu 25 Romania ROU Silver
3 Karin Richert-Balzer 34 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Pam Kilborn-Ryan 33 Australia AUS
5 Teresa Nowak 30 Poland POL
6 Danuta Straszyńska 30 Poland POL
7 Annerose Krumpholz 20 East Germany GDR
8 Grażyna Rabsztyn 19 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/3 Patty van Wolvelaere-Johnson 22 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Jacqueline André 25 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Margit Bach 21 West Germany FRG
6 h2 r2/3 Heidi Schüller 22 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r2/3 Mamie Rallins 31 United States USA
7 h2 r2/3 Lacey O'Neal 28 United States USA
AC h1 r2/3 Meta Antenen 23 Switzerland SUI
4 h1 r1/3 Esther Shakhamorov-Rot 20 Israel ISR
5 h1 r1/3 Judy Vernon 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Brenda Matthews 23 New Zealand NZL
5 h3 r1/3 Maureen Caird 20 Australia AUS
5 h4 r1/3 Ann Wilson 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/3 Lucila Salao 18 Philippines PHI
6 h2 r1/3 Penny Gillies 21 Australia AUS
6 h3 r1/3 Margaret Murphy 27 Ireland IRL
6 h4 r1/3 Gun Olsson 26 Sweden SWE
7 h4 r1/3 Emilie Edet 26 Nigeria NGR