Host City: MÃ¼nchen, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, MÃ¼nchen
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
The world record was still held by [Claudia Kolb], the 1968 gold medalist who had won this event in 1968. The 1970 European Champion was East Germanyâs [Evelyn Stolze], and she made the final, but there was no clear favorite. The final saw Australiaâs unheralded [Gail Neall], silver medalist from the 1970 Commonwealth Games, take the lead on the butterfly opener. She maintained that lead for 7 laps until Canadaâs [Leslie Cliff], the 1971 Pan American champion, took over briefly. But Neall fought back and won the gold medal in world record time, with 5:02.97. Cliff held on for silver over Italyâs [Novella Calligaris], as all three medalists finished inside Kolbâs previous world mark. Stolze placed fifth, behind American [Jenny Bartz].