Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between August 28 and 29. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Sandy Neilson
United States (USA)
Silver  Shirley Babashoff
United States (USA)
Bronze  Shane Gould
Australia (AUS)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Gabriele Wetzko East Germany 1:00.40 Q
2 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya Soviet Union 1:01.24 Q
3 Claude Mandonnaud France 1:01.34 Q
4 Guylaine Berger France 1:01.54
5 Judit Turóczy Hungary 1:01.57
6 Sharon Booth Australia 1:02.07
7 Kirsten Strange-Campbell Denmark 1:03.83
8 Susana Saxlund Uruguay 1:04.91

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Enith Brigitha Netherlands 1:00.02 Q
2 Anke Rijnders Netherlands 1:00.76 Q
3 Judy Wright Canada 1:01.97
4 Chantal Schertz France 1:02.82
5 Edit Kovács Hungary 1:03.00
6 Lucy Burle Brazil 1:03.12
7 Marcia Arriaga Mexico 1:03.66
8 Ileana Morales Venezuela 1:04.13

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Magdolna Patóh Hungary 59.47 Q, OR
2 Sandy Neilson United States 59.51 Q
3 Hansje Bunschoten West Germany 1:00.82 Q
4 Eva Andersson Sweden 1:01.88
5 Susan Edmondson Great Britain 1:02.29
6 Françoise Monod Switzerland 1:02.43
7 Heather Coombridge New Zealand 1:02.95
8 Hsu Yue-Yun Chinese Taipei 1:04.77

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shirley Babashoff United States 59.51 Q
2 Wendy Cook Canada 1:01.20 Q
3 Mary Beth Rondeau Canada 1:01.46
4 Leanne Francis Australia 1:01.90
5 Lesley Allardice Great Britain 1:02.07
6 Inger Andersson Sweden 1:03.40
7 Diane Walker Great Britain 1:03.40

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jutta Weber West Germany 59.72 Q
2 Jenny Kemp United States 1:00.42 Q
3 Sylvia Eichner East Germany 1:00.64 Q
4 Angela Steinbach West Germany 1:01.66
5 Nadezhda Matyukhina Soviet Union 1:02.14
6 Margrit Thomet Switzerland 1:02.33
7 Laura Podestà Italy 1:02.88

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould Australia 59.44 Q, OR
2 Andrea Eife East Germany 59.73 Q
3 Heidi Reineck West Germany 1:00.39 Q
4 Grethe Mathiesen Norway 1:01.47
5 Yelena Timoshenko Soviet Union 1:01.68
6 Shigeko Kawanishi Japan 1:02.13
7 Khriska Peycheva Bulgaria 1:03.43
8 Virginia Anchestegui Mexico 1:04.99

Semifinals[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shirley Babashoff United States 59.05 Q, OR
2 Magdolna Patóh Hungary 59.64 Q
3 Heidi Reineck West Germany 59.66 Q
4 Andrea Eife East Germany 59.71 Q
5 Jenny Kemp United States 59.93
6 Anke Rijnders Netherlands 1:00.84
7 Wendy Cook Canada 1:01.26
8 Claude Mandonnaud France 1:01.88

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould Australia 59.20 Q
2 Sandy Neilson United States 59.41 Q
3 Gabriele Wetzko East Germany 59.46 Q
4 Enith Brigitha Netherlands 59:75 Q
5 Jutta Weber West Germany 59:90
6 Sylvia Eichner East Germany 1:00.73
7 Hansje Bunschoten Netherlands 1:00.79
8 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya Soviet Union 1:01.12

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Sandy Neilson United States 58.59 OR
2 Shirley Babashoff United States 59.02
3 Shane Gould Australia 59.06
4 Gabriele Wetzko East Germany 59.21
5 Heidi Reineck West Germany 59.73
6 Andrea Eife East Germany 59.91
7 Magdolna Patóh Hungary 1:00.02
8 Enith Brigitha Netherlands 1:00.09

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]