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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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

Gold: JPN Mayumi Aoki
Silver: GDR Roswitha Beier
Bronze: HUN Andrea Gyarmati


At a meet in Tokyo in July 1972 Japan’s [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, Hungary’s [Andrea Gyarmati] recorded 1:03.80 to better Aoki’s record. Aoki qualified second in the second semi. The early leader of the final was East Germany’s [Roswitha Beier], who turned first, with six other swimmers in a blanket for second, while America’s 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.

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