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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972

Gold: AUS Gail Neall
Silver: CAN Leslie Cliff
Bronze: ITA Novella Calligaris

Summary

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 Germany’s [Evelyn Stolze], and she made the final, but there was no clear favorite. The final saw Australia’s 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 Canada’s [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 Italy’s [Novella Calligaris], as all three medalists finished inside Kolb’s previous world mark. Stolze placed fifth, behind American [Jenny Bartz].

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