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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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

Gold: AUS Beverley Whitfield
Silver: USA Dana Schoenfield
Bronze: URS Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova


The favorite was the 1964 gold medalist and bronze medalist from Mexico City, [Galina Prozumenshchikova], now Stepanova. Stepanova led out the final over American [Dana Schoenfield], with two full bodylengths at 150 metres, as another American [Claudia Clevenger] moved into second on the final turn. But Schoenfield re-grouped and caught Stepanova at 185 metres. Then from nowhere came the unknown Australian [Beverley Whitfield], who caught everybody five metres from the wall and won the gold medal. Schoenfield hung on for second with Stepanova winning bronze. This was the fifth individual Olympic breaststroke medal for Galina Prozumenshchikov-Stepanova, who ended her renowned career after the Munich Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Beverley Whitfield 18 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Dana Schoenfield 19 United States USA Silver
3 Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Claudia Clevenger 17 United States USA
5 Petra Nows 19 West Germany FRG
6 Ágnes Kaczander-Kiss 18 Hungary HUN
7 Lyudmila Porubayko 22 Soviet Union URS
8 Éva Kiss 18 Hungary HUN
1 h1 r1/2 Vreni Eberle 21 West Germany FRG
1 h2 r1/2 Britt-Marie Smedh 17 Sweden SWE
2 h1 r1/2 Sylvia Langer 18 East Germany GDR
2 h2 r1/2 Barbara Mitchell 16 United States USA
2 h4 r1/2 Hannelore Anke 14 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r1/2 Tetiana Prudnikova 18 Soviet Union URS
3 h2 r1/2 Pat Beavan 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r1/2 Alie te Riet 19 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/2 Judith Hudson 14 Australia AUS
3 h5 r1/2 Jane Wright 17 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/2 Patrizia Miserini 14 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/2 Ulrike Klees 17 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r1/2 Amanda Radnage 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/2 Marian Stuart 17 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/2 Christine Jarvis 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h6 r1/2 Chieno Shibata 18 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/2 Lee Yue-Hwan 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 h2 r1/2 Brigitte Schuchardt 17 East Germany GDR
5 h3 r1/2 Mairi Ioannidou 20 Greece GRE
5 h4 r1/2 Béatrice Mottoulle 16 Belgium BEL
5 h5 r1/2 Jeanette Pettersson 16 Sweden SWE
5 h6 r1/2 Erika Rüegg 20 Switzerland SUI
6 h2 r1/2 Ann O'Connor 20 Ireland IRL
6 h3 r1/2 Shlomit Nir 19 Israel ISR
6 h4 r1/2 Yoko Yamamoto 14 Japan JPN
6 h5 r1/2 Nieves Panadell Spain ESP
6 h6 r1/2 Zuzana Marková 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h2 r1/2 Rose-Marie Pepe 18 Canada CAN
7 h3 r1/2 Leonor Urueta 18 Mexico MEX
7 h4 r1/2 Winnie Nielsen 19 Denmark DEN
7 h6 r1/2 Ana Elena de la Portilla 18 Mexico MEX
AC h1 r1/2 Cristina Teixeira 14 Brazil BRA DQ