Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 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 200 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place September 1. 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 four lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Shane Gould
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Shirley Babashoff
United States (USA)
Bronze  Keena Rothhammer
United States (USA)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ann Marshall United States 2:08.12 OR, Q
2 Karin Tülling East Germany 2:09.01 Q
3 Jutta Weber West Germany 2:12.44
4 Merrily Stratten Canada 2:12.44
5 Heather Coombridge New Zealand 2:14.78
6 Karen LeGresley Canada 2:16.34
7 Belinda Phillips Jamaica 2:19.49

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Anke Rijnders Netherlands 2:09.09 Q
2 Helen Gray Australia 2:12.76
3 Nadezhda Matyukhina Soviet Union 2:13.60
4 Françoise Monod Switzerland 2:15.30
5 Olga de Angulo Colombia 2:17.34
6 Silvia Borgini Argentina 2:23.11

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Keena Rothhammer United States 2:07.48 OR, Q
2 Hansje Bunschoten Netherlands 2:08.58 Q
3 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya Soviet Union 2:13.12
4 Yelena Timoshenko Soviet Union 2:14.06
5 Diana Sutherland Great Britain 2:16.00
6 Ileana Morales Venezuela 2:18.84

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould Australia 2:07.95 Q
2 Deborah Palmer Australia 2:10.29
3 Uta Schütz West Germany 2:12.84
4 Mary Beth Rondeau Canada 2:13.52
5 Susan Edmondson Great Britain 2:13.54
6 Lucy Burle Brazil 2:18.57
7 Marcia Arriaga Mexico 2:18.93

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Andrea Eife East Germany 2:07.95 OR, Q
2 Shirley Babashoff United States 2:08.48 Q
3 Gudrun Wegner East Germany 2:09.49
4 Angela Steinbach West Germany 2:10.59
5 Lesley Allardice Great Britain 2:13.43
6 Roselina Angee Colombia 2:18.62
7 Hsu Yue-Yun Chinese Taipei 2:20.17

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould Australia 2:03.56 WR
2 Shirley Babashoff United States 2:04.33
3 Keena Rothhammer United States 2:04.92
4 Ann Marshall United States 2:05.45
5 Andrea Eife East Germany 2:06.27
6 Hansje Bunschoten Netherlands 2:08.40
7 Anke Rijnders Netherlands 2:09.41
8 Karin Tülling East Germany 2:11.70

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]