Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 29, 1972
The world record holder was [Shane Gould], considered the greatest female swimmer in the world, as in 1971 she had finally broken the records set by her countrywoman, [Dawn Fraser]. She came into Munich not having lost a freestyle race, at any distance, for two years. The day before she had opened the Munich female swimming events by winning the 200 individual medley. But in this final, she was beaten by two Americans, [Sandy Neilson] winning gold followed by [Shirley Babashoff], Gould trailing in third. Neilson had a great start in the final and went to the wall first and hung on for her victory by almost half-a-second. Six women broke the one-minute barrier in the race.