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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 200 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 7, 1972

Gold: GDR Renate Stecher
Silver: AUS Raelene Boyle
Bronze: POL Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein


In 1970 Taiwan’s [Cheng Chi] set three world records over 200 metres/220 yards, but she was injured early in 1972 and she could not compete at the Olympics. Renate Stecher (GDR) had won the 1971 European Championships and was favored, having won over 40 consecutive races over 100 and 200 metres. Defending champion [Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein] was also back, having finished third to Stecher at the 1971 Europeans. Australia’s [Raelene Boyle] was also a challenger, having won the 1970 Commonwealth Games. In the final, Stecher took the early lead and was never caught, but Boyle stayed close throughout, losing by only 0.05, with Szewińska-Kirszenstein winning the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Renate Stecher 22 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Raelene Boyle 21 Australia AUS Silver
3 Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein 26 Poland POL Bronze
4 Ellen Strophal-Streidt 20 East Germany GDR
5T Anne Kroniger 19 West Germany FRG
5T Christina Heinich 23 East Germany GDR
7 Alice Annum 23 Ghana GHA
8 Rosie Allwood 19 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r3/4 Christiane Krause 21 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r3/4 Nadezhda Besfamilnaya 21 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r3/4 Jackie Thompson 18 United States USA
6 h2 r3/4 Sylviane Telliez 29 France FRA
7 h1 r3/4 Marina Sidorova 22 Soviet Union URS
7 h2 r3/4 Barbara Ferrell 25 United States USA
8 h2 r3/4 Donna Murray-Hartley 17 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/4 Wilma van Gool-van den Berg 25 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r2/4 Una Morris 25 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/4 Della James-Pascoe 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r2/4 Pam Greene 18 United States USA
5 h4 r2/4 Pirjo Wilmi-Häggman 21 Finland FIN
6 h1 r2/4 Marcia Trotman 16 Barbados BAR
6 h2 r2/4 Juana Mosquera 22 Colombia COL
6 h3 r2/4 Karoline Käfer 17 Austria AUT
6 h4 r2/4 Margaret Critchley 23 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/4 Amelita Alanes 20 Philippines PHI
7 h2 r2/4 María Luisa Vilca 24 Peru PER
7 h3 r2/4 Hannah Afriyie 20 Ghana GHA
7 h4 r2/4 Carolina Rieuwpassa 23 Indonesia INA
8 h2 r2/4 Rose Musani 16 Uganda UGA
8 h4 r2/4 Helen Olaye 25 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r1/4 Russel Carrero 21 Nicaragua NCA
6 h2 r1/4 Mabel Saeluzika 16 Malawi MAW
6 h3 r1/4 Josefa Vicent 22 Uruguay URU
6 h4 r1/4 Laura Pierre 16 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h6 r1/4 Beatrice Lungu 15 Zambia ZAM
7 h3 r1/4 Meas Kheng 26 Cambodia CAM
7 h6 r1/4 Fatima El-Faquir Morocco MAR