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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972

Gold: FRG Ulrike Meyfarth
Silver: BUL Yordanka Blagoeva
Bronze: AUT Ilona Gusenbauer


In 1971, [Ilona Gusenbauer] of Austria had won the European Championships and also jumped 1.92 (6-3½) later in that year to equal the last world record set by the redoubtable [Iolanda Balaş]. Gusenbauer was favored. There were 40 high jumpers in München and 23 qualified for the final so the competition seemed endless. Seven jumpers were alive after 1.85 metres (6-0¾), but at 1.88 (6-2) only three cleared – Gusenbauer in her second attempt, but home crowd favorite [Ulrike Meyfarth] and [Yordanka Blagoeva] (BUL) had first attempt clearances. At 1.90 (6-2¾), Meyfarth cleared on her second jump and won the gold medal. She went on to better the world record with 1.92 (6-3½). Meyfarth was only 16-years-old in 1972 – actually 16 years, 123 days on the day of her victory, and she remains the youngest winner of an individual medal in track & field athletics. The 1972 high jump competition still had a mixture of straddlers and floppers, with Gusenbauer using the straddle and Meyfarth the flop.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ulrike Meyfarth 16 West Germany FRG Gold
2 Yordanka Blagoeva 25 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Ilona Gusenbauer 24 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Barbara Inkpen 22 Great Britain GBR
5 Rita Schmidt-Kirst 21 East Germany GDR
6 Sara Simeoni 19 Italy ITA
7 Rosie Witschas-Ackermann 20 East Germany GDR
8 Debbie Brill 19 Canada CAN
9 Andrea Bruce 17 Jamaica JAM
10 Ellen Mundinger 17 West Germany FRG
11 Audrey Reid 20 Jamaica JAM
12T Grith Ejstrup 19 Denmark DEN
12T Rita Gildemeister 25 East Germany GDR
14 Renate Gärtner 19 West Germany FRG
15 Miloslava Hübnerová-Rezková 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
16T Erika Rudolf 18 Hungary HUN
16T Ria Ahlers 18 Netherlands NED
18 Alena Prosková 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
19T Cornelia Popescu-Popa 21 Romania ROU
19T Snežana Hrepevnik 23 Yugoslavia YUG
21 Solveig Langkilde 22 Denmark DEN
22 Milada Karbanová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
23 Magdolna Csábi-Komka 23 Hungary HUN
24 QR Breda Babošek 21 Yugoslavia YUG
25 QR Marima Rodríguez 19 Cuba CUB
26 QR Antonina Okorokova-Lazareva 31 Soviet Union URS
27 QR Ros Few 17 Great Britain GBR
28 QR Trix Rechner 21 Switzerland SUI
29 QR Louise Hannah-Walker 21 Canada CAN
30T QR Penny Dimmock 17 Great Britain GBR
30T QR Deanne Wilson 17 United States USA
32 QR Cindy Gilbert 15 United States USA
33T QR Michiyo Inaoka 21 Japan JPN
33T QR Doris Bisang 21 Switzerland SUI
35T QR Mihoko Yama 22 Japan JPN
35T QR Roxana Vulescu 17 Romania ROU
37 QR Lára Sveinsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
38 QR Sandi Goldsberry 16 United States USA
AC QR Nnenna Njoku 17 Nigeria NGR
AC QR Wu Yu-Chih 20 Chinese Taipei TPE