Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 28, 1972
This was the first womenâs swimming final of the 1972 Olympics, and it featured the worldâs top female swimmer, Australiaâs [Shane Gould]. [Lynn Vidali] (USA) was back after winning a silver medal in 1968 in the 400 IM, and using her strong backstroke leg she led the final of this race at 100 metres. Gould almost pulled even on the breaststroke and then used her freestyle dominance to pull away for the expected gold medal in a world record 2:23.07. Behind her, Vidali faded on the final lap and was passed by 13-year-old East Germany [Kornelia Ender], Vidali winning bronze. Ender would win three medals in Munich, adding two in relays, but she would be heard from much more in MontrÃ©al, winning five medals there, including four golds. Gould would continue to star in Munich, eventually finishing with three golds and five Olympic medals in all.