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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

Summary

The favorite was the 1964 gold medalist and bronze medalist from Mexico City, [Halyna Prozumenshchykova], 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 Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova, who ended her renowned career after the Munich Olympics.

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