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Women's Shot Put

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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: URS Nadezhda Chizhova
Silver: GDR Margitta Helmbold-Gummel
Bronze: BUL Ivanka Khristova


[Nadezhda Chizhova] (URS) had been disappointing in 1968 when, as co-favorite, she won only a bronze medal. She had won the last three European Championships (1966, 1969, 1971), and since 1968 had broken the world record six times, most recently in May 1972 with 20.63. The defending champion, [Margitta Gummel] was back, and had one world record during the recent Olympiad, 20.10 (65-11½) in 1969, but had been surpassed by Chizhova. This time Chizhova did not disappoint, settling matters with her first throw, a world record 21.03 (69-0). Gummel recorded a personal best in round four with 20.22 (66-4¼) but was not close to Chizhova.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nadezhda Chizhova 26 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Margitta Helmbold-Gummel 31 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Ivanka Khristova 30 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Esfir Dolzhenko-Krachevskaya 27 Soviet Union URS
5 Marianne Adam 20 East Germany GDR
6 Marita Lange 29 East Germany GDR
7 Helena Fibingerová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Elena Stoyanova 20 Bulgaria BUL
9 Antonina Ivanova 39 Soviet Union URS
10 Ludwika Chewińska 23 Poland POL
11 Judit Bognár 33 Hungary HUN
12 Radostina Vasekova 22 Bulgaria BUL
13 Valentina Cioltan 20 Romania ROU
14 QR Maren Seidler 21 United States USA
15 QR Baeg Ok-Ja 22 South Korea KOR
16 QR Jan Svendsen 23 United States USA
17 QR Rosa Molina 25 Chile CHI
18 QR Nnenna Njoku 17 Nigeria NGR