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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: September 1, 1972

Gold: GDR Ruth Fuchs
Silver: GDR Jacqueline Todten-Hein
Bronze: USA Kate Schmidt


In 1971 [Ruth Fuchs] (GDR) finished third at the European Championships. On 11 June 1972, Poland's [Ewa Gryziecka] broke the javelin world record with 62.70 (205-8½), only to have Fuchs surpass that on the same day with 65.06 (213-5½). Fuchs would better that record in 1973, 1974, and 1976. But already in 1972 she was a strong favorite and led the qualifying in München. The lead was taken in round one by America's [Kate Schmidt] with 59.94 (196-8) which would be her best throw and would bring her a bronze medal. Fuchs took the lead in round two with 60.20 (197-6¼), which was good enough for the gold medal, but she would surpass that twice in rounds four and five. In the final round, [Jacqueline Todten] moved into second place with 62.54 (205-2¼).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ruth Fuchs 25 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Jacqueline Todten-Hein 18 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Kate Schmidt 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Lyuba Mollova 24 Bulgaria BUL
5 Nataša Urbančič 26 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Eva Janko 27 Austria AUT
7 Ewa Gryziecka 24 Poland POL
8 Svetlana Korolyova-Babich 25 Soviet Union URS
9 Anneliese Gerhards 37 West Germany FRG
10 Mária Kucserka 20 Hungary HUN
11 Magda Paulányi 27 Hungary HUN
AC r2/2 Ileana Zörgö-Raduly 17 Romania ROU
13 QR Angéla Németh-Ránky 26 Hungary HUN
14 QR Daniela Jaworska 26 Poland POL
15 QR Sherry Calvert 21 United States USA
16 QR Nina Marakina 25 Soviet Union URS
17 QR Marion Becker 22 Romania ROU
18 QR Amelie Koloska 27 West Germany FRG
19 QR Roberta Brown 25 United States USA