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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 4, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 1972

Gold: URS Lyudmila Bragina
Silver: GDR Gunhild Hoffmeister
Bronze: ITA Paola Pigni


At the Olympics, women had not been allowed to compete over any distance past 200 metres from 1928 until the 800 was restored in 1960. Thus adding the 1,500 was another step forward for women. Women had competed over 1,500 metres in the 1969 and 1971 European Championships, with [Jaroslava Jehličková] (TCH) and [Karin Burneleit] (GDR) winning those titles, respectively. They had both set world records in winning those races, but Soviet Lyudmila Bragina had bettered the world record in July 1972 at the USSR Championships. In München she broke her own world record in the first round (4:06.47) and then bettered that in the semi-final (4:05.07). In the final [Berny Boxem-Lenferink] (NED) led the first lap, but Bragina then took over, and increased the pace dramatically. She had a 10-metre gap at the bell and held it throughout the final circuit, finishing in a world record 4:01.38. The first five finishers also broke Bragina's world record from the semi-final and in all there were 12 marks ahead of the pre-München world record.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lyudmila Bragina 29 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Gunhild Hoffmeister 28 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Paola Pigni 26 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Karin Burneleit 29 East Germany GDR
5 Sheila Taylor-Carey 26 Great Britain GBR
6 Ilja Keizer-Laman 28 Netherlands NED
7 Tamara Pangelova 29 Soviet Union URS
8 Jenny Orr 19 Australia AUS
9 Berny Boxem-Lenferink 24 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r2/3 Vasilena Amzina 30 Bulgaria BUL
6 h1 r2/3 Joyce Smith 34 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Glenda Reiser 17 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Wenche Sørum 21 Norway NOR
8 h1 r2/3 Francie Kraker 25 United States USA
8 h2 r2/3 Francie Larrieu-Smith 19 United States USA
9 h1 r2/3 Inger Knutsson 17 Sweden SWE
9 h2 r2/3 Jaroslava Jehličková 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
1 h4 r1/3 Ellen Tittel-Wellmann 24 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r1/3 Thelma Wright 20 Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/3 Tonka Petrova 25 Bulgaria BUL
6 h1 r1/3 Christa Merten 27 West Germany FRG
6 h2 r1/3 Grete Andersen-Waitz 18 Norway NOR
6 h3 r1/3 Mary Tracey-Purcell 23 Ireland IRL
6 h4 r1/3 Anne-Marie Nenzell 23 Sweden SWE
7 h1 r1/3 Joan Page-Allison 25 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/3 Sára Szenteleki-Ligetkuti 27 Hungary HUN
7 h3 r1/3 Sinikka Tyynelä 18 Finland FIN
7 h4 r1/3 Margrit Hess 25 Switzerland SUI
8 h1 r1/3 Marijke Moser 25 Switzerland SUI
8 h2 r1/3 Gerda Ranz 27 West Germany FRG
8 h3 r1/3 Emesia Chizunga 18 Malawi MAW
8 h4 r1/3 Tamara Kazachkova 22 Soviet Union URS
9 h1 r1/3 Lee Chiu-Hsia 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
9 h2 r1/3 Vera Nikolić 23 Yugoslavia YUG
9 h4 r1/3 Chereno Maiyo 18 Kenya KEN
AC h3 r1/3 Magdolna Kulcsár 24 Hungary HUN