Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's javelin throw

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Women's javelin throw
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates August 31 & September 1
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ruth Fuchs
 East Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jacqueline Todten
 East Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kate Schmidt
 United States
← 1968
1976 →
Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
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Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
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Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The women's javelin throw field event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place on August 31 & September 1. On 11 June 1972 Ewa Gryziecka from Poland broke the javelin throw world record with a throw of 62.70m only to have Ruth Fuchs break that record on the same day with a throw of 65.06m. In 1972 Fuchs was the strong favorite heading in the Olympics. Kate Schmidt took the early lead on the first throw, but this was soon passed by the favorite on the second throw. She ended up topping her own mark two more time in rounds four and five. Fuchs would go one and set the new javelin world record in 1973, 1974 and 1976.[1]

Results[edit]

All throwers reaching 54.00 m (177 ft 2 in) and the top 12 including ties, advanced to the finals. Throwers in blue qualified by reaching the qualifying distance. Throwers listed in green qualified by being in the top 12. All distances are listed in metres.

Qualifying[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw
1 Ruth Fuchs  East Germany 60.88 x 60.88 p
2 Jacqueline Todten  East Germany 59.62 59.62 p p
3 Kate Schmidt  United States 58.84 52.26 58.84 p
4 Nataša Urbančič  Yugoslavia 57.02 57.02 p p
5 Mária Kucserka  Hungary 56.72 56.72 p p
6 Lyutvian Mollova  Bulgaria 56.30 56.30 p p
7 Eva Janko  Austria 56.18 56.18 p p
8 Svetlana Korolyova  Soviet Union 55.90 55.90 p p
9 Anneliese Gerhards  West Germany 55.24 55.24 p p
10 Éva Zörgő  Romania 54.34 54.34 p p
11 Ewa Gryziecka  Poland 53.68 53.68 x 51.56
12 Magda Paulányi  Hungary 53.62 53.62 52.87 52.78
13 Angéla Németh  Hungary 53.48 53.48 x 51.40
14 Daniela Jaworska  Poland 52.40 44.68 52.40 50.16
15 Sherry Calvert  United States 51.38 x 51.38 51.00
16 Nina Marakina  Soviet Union 51.06 51.06 41.64 x
17 Marion Becker  Romania 50.74 x 48.70 50.74
18 Ameli Koloska  West Germany 48.42 48.42 x x
19 Roberta Brown  United States 47.88 x 47.88 x
Rosa Molina  Chile DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw 4th throw 5th throw 6th throw
1st, gold medalist(s) Ruth Fuchs  East Germany 63.88
OR
57.44 60.20 50.20 61.16 63.88 59.16
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jacqueline Todten  East Germany 62.54 x 55.44 57.18 59.70 56.92 62.54
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kate Schmidt  United States 59.94 59.94 58.32 59.84 x 48.80 56.10
4 Lyutvian Mollova  Bulgaria 59.36 56.46 59.36 55.10 x 56.00 58.44
5 Nataša Urbančič  Yugoslavia 59.06 x x 56.48 56.38 59.06 x
6 Eva Janko  Austria 58.56 x 58.50 x x 58.56 52.06
7 Ewa Gryziecka  Poland 57.00 44.40 47.34 57.00 55.88 54.86 x
8 Svetlana Korolyova  Soviet Union 56.36 56.30 55.08 x x 56.36 x
9 Anneliese Gerhards  West Germany 55.84 54.84 55.84 54.72
10 Mária Kucserka  Hungary 54.40 x x 54.40
11 Magda Paulányi  Hungary 52.36 x x 52.36
Éva Zörgő  Romania NM x x x

Key: OR = Olympic record; p = pass; x = fault; NM = no mark

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Reference. "Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games: Women's Javelin Throw". Retrieved 2012-03-13.