Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: September 1, 1972
At a meet in Tokyo in July 1972 Japanâs [Mayumi Aoki] had set a world record in this event with 1:03.9. She was little known prior to that record but with no clear favorite in the event she seemed as good a bet as any. In the first semi-final, Hungaryâs [Andrea Gyarmati] recorded 1:03.80 to better Aokiâs record. Aoki qualified second in the second semi. The early leader of the final was East Germanyâs [Roswitha Beier], who turned first, with six other swimmers in a blanket for second, while Americaâs best, [Deena Deardurff], was last after a poor start. Beier maintained her lead until 10 metres from the wall when Aoki shot past to win the gold medal with another world record of 1:03.34. Beier held on for silver, with Gyarmati taking bronze. Deardurff closed quickly to take fourth, but she had dug too deep a hole for herself.