Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 11 & 12), München; Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 20), München
Date Started: September 7, 1972
Date Finished: September 8, 1972
As winners of the World Championship in 1970 and 1971 the Soviet Union were clear favourites to retain the Olympic title they had won in 1968. The Soviets lived up to expectations and were never seriously challenged on their way to the gold medal. Hungary, widely considered to be the only team who could beat the USSR, were defeated with ease in the final.
This was the final Olympic appearance for three of the five woman Soviet Union team, [Aleksandra Zabelina], [Galina Gorokhova] and [Tatyana Petrenko-Samusenko] having been part of the USSR’s winning teams in 1960 and 1968.