Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

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The women's 4×100 metre medley relay event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place on September 3.[1] This swimming event uses medley swimming as a relay. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, each of the four swimmers completed two lengths of the pool, each using a different stroke. The first on each team used the backstroke, the second used the breaststroke, the third used the butterfly stroke, and the final swimmer used freestyle (restricted to not allow any of the first three strokes to be used, though nearly all swimmers use front crawl regardless).

The first swimmer must touch the wall before the next can leave the starting block, and so forth; timing of the starts is thus important.


Left-right: Deardurff, Neilson, Belote and Carr
Gold Silver Bronze
 United States
Melissa Belote
Cathy Carr
Deena Deardurff
Sandy Neilson
 East Germany
Christine Herbst
Renate Vogel
Roswitha Beier
Kornelia Ender
 West Germany
Gudrun Beckmann
Vreni Eberle
Silke Pielen
Heidemarie Reineck



Heat 1

Place Swimmers Time Notes
1  Tina Lek'veishvili, Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova, Iryna Ustymenko, Tatyana Zolotnitskaya (URS) 4:30.35
2  Diana Olsson, Britt-Marie Smedh, Eva Wikner, Anita Zarnowiecki (SWE) 4:31.88
3  Enith Brigitha, Alie te Riet, Anke Rijnders, Hansje Bunschoten, Frieke Buys (NED) 4:32.20
4  Heidi Reineck, Annegret Kober, Edeltraud Koch, Jutta Weber (FRG) 4:33.37
5  Sue Lewis, Beverley Whitfield, Sue Funch, Sharon Booth (AUS) 4:33.96
6  Ildikó Szekeres, Ágnes Kaczander-Kiss, Judit Turóczy, Magdolna Patóh (HUN) 4:36.53
7  Christine Fulcher, Ann O'Connor, Brenda McGrory, Aisling O'Leary (IRL) 4:45.56
8  Alessandra Finesso, Patrizia Miserini, Donatella Talpo-Schiavon, Laura Podestà (ITA) 4:48.25

Heat 2

Place Swimmers Time Notes
1  Susie Atwood, Judy Melick, Dana Shrader, Shirley Babashoff (USA) 4:27.57
2  Christine Herbst, Renate Vogel, Roswitha Beier, Kornelia Ender, Gabriele Wetzko (GDR) 4:27.58
3  Suzuko Matsumura, Yoko Yamamoto, Mayumi Aoki, Yoshimi Nishigawa (JPN) 4:30.34
4  Wendy Cook-Hogg, Sylvia Dockerill, Marilyn Corson, Leslie Cliff (CAN) 4:31.87
5  Pamela Bairstow, Dorothy Harrison, Jean Jeavons, Lesley Allardice (GBR) 4:34.61
6  Susanne Niesner, Margrit Thomet, Erika Rüegg, Françoise Monod (SUI) 4:34.69
7  Sylvie Le Noach, Martine Claret, Josiane Castiau, Claude Mandonnaud (FRA) 4:38.62
8  María Teresa Ramírez, Ana Elena de la Portilla, Norma Amezcua, Marcia Arriaga (MEX) 4:49.23



  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay". Sports Reference. Retrieved 1 December 2016.