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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 9, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972

Gold: FRG West Germany
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: CUB Cuba


At the 1971 European Championships this event had been won by West Germany, with the GDR second, and Poland third. The two German teams were drawn in the same heat in the opening round, and East Germany now prevailed, though narrowly. In the final, [Evelyn Kaufer] put the GDR ahead on the opening leg, but West Germany pulled slightly ahead as [Heide Rosendahl] received the baton for the anchor leg. The 1972 long jump gold medalist, Rosendahl held off [Renate Stecher], who had won the 100 and 200 gold medals, and brought the gold medal to the FRG by one metre.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 West Germany FRG Gold
2 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 United States USA
5 Soviet Union URS
6 Australia AUS
7 Great Britain GBR
8 Poland POL
5 h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/2 Bulgaria BUL
6 h1 r1/2 Finland FIN
7 h1 r1/2 Nigeria NGR
AC h1 r1/2 Philippines PHI
AC h2 r1/2 Jamaica JAM
AC h2 r1/2 Sweden SWE