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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 29, 1972

Gold: USA Sandy Neilson
Silver: USA Shirley Babashoff
Bronze: AUS Shane Gould


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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sandy Neilson 16 United States USA Gold OR
2 Shirley Babashoff 15 United States USA Silver
3 Shane Gould 15 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Gabriele Wetzko 17 East Germany GDR
5 Heidi Reineck 20 West Germany FRG
6 Andrea Eife 16 East Germany GDR
7 Magdolna Patóh 24 Hungary HUN
8 Enith Brigitha 17 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r2/3 Jenny Kemp 17 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Jutta Weber 18 West Germany FRG
6 h1 r2/3 Anke Rijnders 16 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r2/3 Sylvia Eichner 15 East Germany GDR
7 h1 r2/3 Wendy Cook-Hogg 15 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Hansje Bunschoten 14 Netherlands NED
8 h1 r2/3 Claude Mandonnaud 22 France FRA
8 h2 r2/3 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya 17 Soviet Union URS
3 h2 r1/3 Judy Wright 16 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/3 Mary Beth Rondeau 15 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/3 Guylaine Berger 16 France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Chantal Schertz 14 France FRA
4 h3 r1/3 Eva Andersson 15 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/3 Leanne Francis 15 Australia AUS
4 h5 r1/3 Angela Steinbach 17 West Germany FRG
4 h6 r1/3 Grethe Mathiesen 16 Norway NOR
5 h1 r1/3 Judit Turóczy 24 Hungary HUN
5 h2 r1/3 Edit Kovács 21 Hungary HUN
5 h3 r1/3 Susan Edmondson 16 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Lesley Allardice 15 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Nadezhda Matyukhina 18 Soviet Union URS
5 h6 r1/3 Yelena Timoshenko 16 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r1/3 Sharon Booth 16 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/3 Lucy Burle 17 Brazil BRA
6 h3 r1/3 Françoise Monod 13 Switzerland SUI
6 h4 r1/3 Inger Andersson 18 Sweden SWE
6 h5 r1/3 Margrit Thomet 20 Switzerland SUI
6 h6 r1/3 Shigeko Kawanishi 23 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/3 Kirsten Strange-Campbell 28 Denmark DEN
7 h2 r1/3 Marcia Arriaga 16 Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/3 Heather Coombridge 19 New Zealand NZL
7 h4 r1/3 Diane Walker 16 Great Britain GBR
7 h5 r1/3 Laura Podestà 18 Italy ITA
7 h6 r1/3 Khriska Peycheva 17 Bulgaria BUL
8 h1 r1/3 Susana Saxlund 15 Uruguay URU
8 h2 r1/3 Ileana Morales 15 Venezuela VEN
8 h3 r1/3 Hsu Yue-Yun 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
8 h6 r1/3 Virginia Anchestegui 15 Mexico MEX