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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Athletics at the 1972 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


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

Gold: GDR East Germany
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: FRG West Germany


This was the first time that women ran a 4x400 relay at the Olympics. The East Germans were the world record holders, having set the mark in 1971 and breaking it earlier in 1972. In the first round, the GDR again broke the world record, posting 3:28.8. In the final they broke that record by over five seconds, posting 3:22.95 to win by over 20 metres from the United States, with West Germany winning the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 United States USA Silver
3 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Australia AUS
7 Finland FIN
8 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r1/2 Cuba CUB
5 h2 r1/2 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r1/2 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r1/2 Austria AUT
7 h1 r1/2 Barbados BAR
AC h2 r1/2 Poland POL