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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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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 Karen Moe-Thornton
Silver: USA Lynn Colella
Bronze: USA Ellie Daniel


The 200 butterfly final was held on the final day of swimming at the Munich Olympics. The favorite was the United States’ [Karen Moe], who had won the US Trials in Chicago in August, breaking the world record with 2:16.62. Also highly considered was her teammate, [Ellie Daniel], one of the few US female swimmers who had competed at Mexico City, where she won a bronze in this event. Daniel had set three world records in the 200 fly in 1971. Daniel took the lead in the final on the first lap over the 100 butterfly champion, [Mayumi Aoki], but East German [Rosemarie Kother] moved ahead by 100 metres. Kother still led at 150, but off the turn Daniel moved back into the lead, closely chased by Karen Moe. Moe took the lead for good at 170 metres, and almost at the same time American [Lynn Colella] passed both Daniel and Kother. Moe hung on the gold medal and led a USA sweep, with Colella in second and Daniel repeating her bronze medal from Mexico. Over the next four years Rosemarie Kother, later Rosemarie Gabriel, would become the top swimmer in the world in this event, winning the title at the 1973 and 1975 World Championships, and setting five consecutive world records. Favored at the 1976 Olympics, she failed to come through, winning a bronze medal at the back of a GDR sweep.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Karen Moe-Thornton 19 United States USA Gold WR
2 Lynn Colella 22 United States USA Silver
3 Ellie Daniel 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Rosemarie Kother-Gabriel 16 East Germany GDR
5 Noriko Asano 17 Japan JPN
6 Helga Lindner 21 East Germany GDR
7 Gail Neall 17 Australia AUS
8 Mayumi Aoki 19 Japan JPN
2 h2 r1/2 Jean Jeavons 16 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/2 Anca Groza 16 Romania ROU
3 h2 r1/2 Eva Wikner 17 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/2 Brigitte Mertz 15 East Germany GDR
4 h1 r1/2 Grisel Mendoza 16 Mexico MEX
4 h2 r1/2 Margrit Thomet 20 Switzerland SUI
4 h3 r1/2 Frieke Buys 18 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r1/2 Sue Funch 17 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Věra Faitlová 14 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h3 r1/2 Olga de Angulo 16 Colombia COL
5 h4 r1/2 Eva Sigg 21 Finland FIN
6 h2 r1/2 Moira Brown 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/2 Hsu Yue-Yun 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h4 r1/2 Ileana Morales 15 Venezuela VEN
7 h2 r1/2 Jennifer McHugh 14 Canada CAN
7 h4 r1/2 Maria Isabel Guerra 17 Brazil BRA