Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium, Munich, West Germany
Date 2 September 1972 & 7 September 1972
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Monika Zehrt  East Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Rita Wilden  West Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kathy Hammond  United States
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Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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These are the official results of the Women's 400 metres event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The competition was held on 2 & 7 of September. The favorite coming into the Olympics was Monika Zehrt of East Germany who equaled the world record in the previous July. The other world record holder was Marilyn Neufville of Jamaica, who was also favored to win, unfortunately she was injured and was unable to compete in the games. This left the field open to challenge the world record holder for the top prize.

Heats[edit]

The top four runners in each heat (blue) and the next four fastest (pink), advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Heat one[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Charlene Rendina  Australia 7 51.94 OR
2 Rita Wilden  West Germany 4 51.97
3 Mable Fergerson  United States 1 52.05
4 Judith Ayaa  Uganda 2 52.85
5 Karoline Käfer  Austria 3 53.60
6 Asunción Acosta  Cuba 5 54.52
7 Barbara Bishop  Barbados 6 56.35

Heat two[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Kathy Hammond  United States 1 53.45
2 Jannette Roscoe  Great Britain 7 53.67
3 Marika Eklund  Finland 3 53.81
4 Natalya Pechonkina  Soviet Union 2 53.81
5 Krystyna Kacperczyk  Poland 4 53.85
6 Junaidah Aman  Malaysia 5 57.36
- Christiane Casapicola  Austria 6 DNS

Heat three[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Monika Zehrt  East Germany 3 52.49
2 Mona-Lisa Strandvall  Finland 5 52.85
3 Trudy Ruth  Netherlands 2 53.16
4 Tekla Chemabwai  Kenya 4 53.38
5 Debra Edwards  United States 1 54.43
6 Maria Sykora  Austria 7 54.46
7 Josefa Vicent  Uruguay 6 55.33

Heat four[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Nicole Duclos  France 4 52.69
2 Györgyi Balogh  Hungary 7 52.75
3 Nadezhda Kolesnikova  Soviet Union 2 53.20
4 Karin Wallgren  Sweden 5 53.70
5 Bożena Zientarska  Poland 3 54.20
6 Ruth Williams  Jamaica 6 55.72
7 Aida Mantawel  Philippines 1 57.91

Heat five[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Yvonne Saunders  Jamaica 1 52.38
2 Helga Seidler  East Germany 6 52.79
3 Colette Besson  France 5 53.41
4 Allison Ross-Edwards  Australia 4 53.48
5 Donata Govoni  Italy 2 53.98
6 Irén Orosz  Hungary 3 54.83
7 Arda Kalpakian  Lebanon 7 1:05.18

Heat six[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Christel Frese  West Germany 5 52.89
2 Dagmar Käsling  East Germany 6 52.99
3 Aurelia Pentón  Cuba 2 53.25
4 Olga Syrovatskaya  Soviet Union 7 53.62
5 Janet Simpson  Great Britain 8 54.13
6 Joyce Sadowick  Canada 3 54.59
7 Elsy Rivas  Colombia 1 56.33
8 Kamaljit Sandhu  India 4 57.74

Heat seven[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Carmen Trustée  Cuba 7 52.80
2 Penny Hunt  New Zealand 5 52.82
3 Danuta Piecyk  Poland 6 53.08
4 Verona Bernard  Great Britain 4 53.31
5 Anette Rückes  West Germany 3 53.92
6 Vreni Leiser  Switzerland 1 54.65
7 Grace Muneene  Zambia 2 57.71

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top four runners in each heat advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Charlene Rendina  Australia 5 51.96
2 Helga Seidler  East Germany 3 51.97
3 Nadezhda Kolesnikova  Soviet Union 1 52.30
4 Trudy Ruth  Netherlands 8 52.45
5 Karoline Käfer  Austria 6 52.82
6 Jannette Roscoe  Great Britain 7 53.01
7 Anette Rückes  West Germany 2 53.22
- Carmen Trustée  Cuba 4 DNS

Heat two[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Yvonne Saunders  Jamaica 8 52.13
2 Monika Zehrt  East Germany 2 52.33
3 Judith Ayaa  Uganda 7 52.68
4 Christel Frese  West Germany 1 53.01
5 Colette Besson  France 3 53.39
6 Marika Eklund  Finland 6 53.50
7 Tekla Chemabwai  Kenya 5 53.54
8 Natalya Pechonkina  Soviet Union 4 54.58

Heat three[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Györgyi Balogh  Hungary 2 51.71 OR
2 Rita Wilden  West Germany 8 51.91
3 Aurelia Pentón  Cuba 6 52.02
4 Kathy Hammond  United States 5 52.44
5 Danuta Piecyk  Poland 4 52.62
6 Penny Hunt  New Zealand 1 52.66
7 Olga Syrovatskaya  Soviet Union 7 53.42
8 Donata Govoni  Italy 3 53.78

Heat four[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Dagmar Käsling  East Germany 1 52.33
2 Mona-Lisa Strandvall  Finland 3 52.53
3 Mable Fergerson  United States 7 52.93
4 Nicole Duclos  France 8 52.96
5 Verona Bernard  Great Britain 2 53.29
6 Allison Ross-Edwards  Australia 5 53.60
7 Karin Wallgren  Sweden 6 53.87
8 Krystyna Kacperczyk  Poland 4 54.39

Semifinals[edit]

Top four in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat one[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Helga Seidler  East Germany 4 51.68 OR
2 Dagmar Käsling  East Germany 8 51.73
3 Györgyi Balogh  Hungary 5 51.90
4 Kathy Hammond  United States 1 51.92
5 Aurelia Pentón  Cuba 6 52.15
6 Mona-Lisa Strandvall  Finland 7 52.23
7 Judith Ayaa  Uganda 2 52.91
- Christel Frese  West Germany 3 DNF

Heat two[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Monika Zehrt  East Germany 5 51.47 OR
2 Rita Wilden  West Germany 3 51.76
3 Charlene Rendina  Australia 8 51.90
4 Mable Fergerson  United States 6 51.91
5 Yvonne Saunders  Jamaica 2 51.93
6 Nicole Duclos  France 4 52.18
7 Nadezhda Kolesnikova  Soviet Union 7 52.29
8 Trudy Ruth  Netherlands 1 53.02

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Monika Zehrt  East Germany 7 51.08 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Rita Wilden  West Germany 4 51.21
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kathy Hammond  United States 5 51.64
4 Helga Seidler  East Germany 6 51.86
5 Mable Fergerson  United States 3 51.96
6 Charlene Rendina  Australia 8 51.99
7 Dagmar Käsling  East Germany 1 52.19
8 Györgyi Balogh  Hungary 2 52.39

Key: OR = Olympic record; DNS = did not start; DNF = did not finish

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