Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke
|Women's 200 metre breaststroke|
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
|Date||29 August (heats and final)|
|Competitors||40 from 23 nations|
|Winning time||2:41.71 (OR)|
|Swimming at the|
1972 Summer Olympics
The women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics, took place on August 29, at the Olympia Schwimmhalle. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the eleventh appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 40 competitors from 23 nations participated in the event, another 2 entries from 2 other countries did not compete.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:
|World record||Catie Ball (USA)||2:38.5 s||Los Angeles, California||26 August 1968|
|Olympic record||Sharon Wichman (USA)||2:44.4 s||Mexico City, Mexico||23 October 1968|
The following records were established during the competition:
|29 August||Heat 3||Ágnes Kaczander||Hungary||2:43.13||OR|
|29 August||Final||Beverley Whitfield||Australia||2:41.71||OR|
|Dana Schoenfield||United States||2:42.05|
|Galina Prozumenshchikova||Soviet Union||2:42.36|
|4||Claudia Clevenger||United States||2:42.88|
|5||Petra Nows||West Germany||2:43.38|
|7||Lyudmila Porubayko||Soviet Union||2:44.48|
- "The Official Report of the Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXth Olympiad Munich 1972" (PDF). Volume 3: The Competitions. Volume Two, Part 2. Munich Organizing Committee. 1972. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- Albert Schoenfeld, ed. (October 1972). "Results from the 1972 Olympic Games (Munich)" (PDF). Swimming World & Junior Swimmer. Albert Schoenfeld. p. 68. ISSN 0039-7431. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- MOC, p. 329
- MOC, p. 344