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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 4, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972

Gold: USA Melissa Belote
Silver: USA Susie Atwood
Bronze: CAN Donna-Marie Gurr


The favorite was American [Melissa Belote], who had broken the world record at the US Trials in August, recording 2:20.64. She had already won the 100 back two days earlier, and a gold in the medley relay the day before, and in the heats in Munich she broke her world record in this event with 2:20.58. The 200 final was the final event of the women’s 1972 swimming program. Belote made easy work of it, taking the lead on the first lap and increasing it throughout to win gold in another record time of 2:19.19. Her teammate [Susan Atwood] was second for much of the race and held on for silver, ahead of Canada’s [Donna-Marie Gurr], a surprise bronze medalist.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Melissa Belote 15 United States USA Gold WR
2 Susie Atwood 19 United States USA Silver
3 Donna-Marie Gurr 17 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Annegret Kober 15 West Germany FRG
5 Christine Herbst 15 East Germany GDR
6 Enith Brigitha 17 Netherlands NED
7 Deborah Palmer 15 Australia AUS
8 Leslie Cliff 17 Canada CAN
2 h1 r1/2 Wendy Cook-Hogg 15 Canada CAN
2 h3 r1/2 Karin Bormann 18 West Germany FRG
3 h1 r1/2 Suzuko Matsumura 14 Japan JPN
3 h2 r1/2 Susanne Hilger 14 East Germany GDR
3 h3 r1/2 Lynn Skrifvars 21 United States USA
3 h4 r1/2 Sylvie Le Noach 17 France FRA
3 h5 r1/2 Sue Lewis 17 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 María Teresa Ramírez 18 Mexico MEX
4 h2 r1/2 Susan Hunter 16 New Zealand NZL
4 h3 r1/2 Debra Cain 16 Australia AUS
4 h4 r1/2 Tina Lek'veishvili 18 Soviet Union URS
4 h5 r1/2 Andrea Gyarmati 18 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Annemarie Groen 16 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r1/2 Kikuyo Ishii 18 Japan JPN
5 h3 r1/2 Josien Elzerman 16 Netherlands NED
5 h4 r1/2 Susanne Niesner 17 Switzerland SUI
5 h5 r1/2 Nataliya Yershova 17 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r1/2 Diana Ashton 16 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Zdenka Gašparač 23 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h3 r1/2 Kazu Fujimura 17 Japan JPN
6 h4 r1/2 Pamela Bairstow 18 Great Britain GBR
6 h5 r1/2 Angelika Kraus 22 West Germany FRG
7 h2 r1/2 Christine Fulcher 17 Ireland IRL
7 h3 r1/2 Felicia Ospitaletche 18 Uruguay URU
7 h4 r1/2 María Cecilia Vargas 14 Mexico MEX
7 h5 r1/2 Patricia López 16 Argentina ARG
8 h2 r1/2 Pat Chan 18 Singapore SIN
8 h4 r1/2 Ong Mei Lin 20 Malaysia MAS
8 h5 r1/2 Diana Sutherland 17 Great Britain GBR