Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: September 4, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972
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 [Susie Atwood] was second for much of the race and held on for silver, ahead of Canada's [Donna-Marie Gurr], a surprise bronze medalist.