Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 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 800 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between September 2 and 3. 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 sixteen lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Keena Rothhammer
United States (USA)
Silver  Shane Gould
Australia (AUS)
Bronze  Novella Calligaris
Italy (ITA)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Keena Rothhammer United States 8:53.68 WR
2 Shane Gould Australia 8:56.39
3 Novella Calligaris Italy 8:57.46
4 Ann Simmons United States 8:57.62
5 Gudrun Wegner East Germany 8:58.89
6 Jo Harshbarger United States 9:01.21
7 Hansje Bunschoten Netherlands 9:16.69
8 Narelle Moras Australia 9:19.06

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]