Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 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 400 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place August 30. 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 eight lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Shane Gould
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Novella Calligaris
Italy (ITA)
Bronze  Gudrun Wegner
East Germany (GDR)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jenny Wylie United States 4:27.53 OR, Q
2 Anke Rijnders Netherlands 4:29.94 Q
3 Karin Tülling East Germany 4:32.56
4 Federica Stabilini Italy 4:36.32
5 Maria Teresa Ramírez Mexico 4:39.14
6 Helga Wagner West Germany 4:47.61
7 Kirsten Knudsen Denmark 4:53.76

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shirley Babashoff United States 4:31.98 Q
2 Karen Moras Australia 4:36.14
3 Mary Beth Rondeau Canada 4:36.71
4 Anne Marie McCaffrey Canada 4:39.92
5 Roselina Angee Colombia 4:45.97
6 Belinda Phillips Jamaica 4:47.54
7 Hsu Yue-Yun Chinese Taipei 4:57.58

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould Australia 4:28.46 Q
2 Hansje Bunschoten Netherlands 4:28.76 Q
3 Uta Schütz West Germany 4:34.67
4 Narelle Moras Australia 4:37.57
5 Susan Edmondson Great Britain 4:39.10
6 Ileana Morales Venezuela 4:44.73
7 Diana Sutherland Bulgaria 4:47.66

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Novella Calligaris Italy 4:24.14 OR, Q
2 Keena Rothhammer United States 4:24.82 Q
3 Gudrun Wegner East Germany 4:25.13 Q
4 Olga de Angulo Colombia 4:40.09
5 Jaynie Parkhouse New Zealand 4:40.24
6 June Green Great Britain 4:45.81
7 Eleni Avlonitou Greece 4:52.10
8 Patricia López Argentina 4:59.68

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould Australia 4:19.04 WR
2 Novella Calligaris Italy 4:22.44
3 Gudrun Wegner East Germany 4:23.11
4 Shirley Babashoff United States 4:23.59
5 Jenny Wylie United States 4:24.07
6 Keena Rothhammer United States 4:24.22
7 Hansje Bunschoten Netherlands 4:29.70
8 Anke Rijnders Netherlands 4:31.51

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]