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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972

Gold: USA Melissa Belote
Silver: HUN Andrea Gyarmati
Bronze: USA Susie Atwood


This event was very wide open, with no clear favorite. The world record holder was South African Karen Muir, who could not compete because her country was banned from the Olympics, because of their apartheid policies. The 1970 European Championship had been won by Soviet Tinatin Lekveishvili, who was not in Munich, with Hungary’s [Andrea Gyarmati] placing second. Gyarmati had won the 200 back at the 1970 Europeans, and was highly considered for Munich. The early leader in the final was American [Melissa Belote] who reached the wall first. Off the turn, she continued to apply pressure and won the gold medal over Gyarmati by about half-a-second. Two days later Belote came back to win the 200 backstroke and added a third gold medal in Munich in the medley relay.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Melissa Belote 15 United States USA Gold OR
2 Andrea Gyarmati 18 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Susie Atwood 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Karen Moe-Thornton 19 United States USA
5 Wendy Cook-Hogg 15 Canada CAN
6 Enith Brigitha 17 Netherlands NED
7 Christine Herbst 15 East Germany GDR
8 Silke Pielen 16 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r2/3 Tina Lek'veishvili 18 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Donna-Marie Gurr 17 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Sue Lewis 17 Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/3 Annegret Kober 15 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r2/3 Debra Cain 16 Australia AUS
7 h2 r2/3 Deborah Palmer 15 Australia AUS
8 h1 r2/3 Marianne Vermaat 17 Netherlands NED
8 h2 r2/3 Angelika Kraus 22 West Germany FRG
4 h1 r1/3 Susanne Niesner 17 Switzerland SUI
4 h2 r1/3 Annemarie Groen 16 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/3 Sylvie Le Noach 17 France FRA
4 h5 r1/3 Zdenka Gašparač 23 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h1 r1/3 Kazu Fujimura 17 Japan JPN
5 h2 r1/3 Susan Hunter 16 New Zealand NZL
5 h3 r1/3 Nataliya Yershova 17 Soviet Union URS
5 h4 r1/3 Susanne Hilger 14 East Germany GDR
5 h5 r1/3 Cathy Raftery 14 Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/3 Diana Ashton 16 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/3 Kikuyo Ishii 18 Japan JPN
6 h3 r1/3 Diana Olsson 14 Sweden SWE
6 h4 r1/3 Jacqueline Brown 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h5 r1/3 Patricia López 16 Argentina ARG
7 h2 r1/3 Ildikó Szekeres 17 Hungary HUN
7 h3 r1/3 Christine Fulcher 17 Ireland IRL
7 h4 r1/3 Ong Mei Lin 20 Malaysia MAS
7 h5 r1/3 María Cecilia Vargas 14 Mexico MEX
8 h2 r1/3 Felicia Ospitaletche 18 Uruguay URU
8 h3 r1/3 Diana Sutherland 17 Great Britain GBR
8 h5 r1/3 Pat Chan 18 Singapore SIN