Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle

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The women's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between August 28 and 29.[1] 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 two lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Sandy Neilson
 United States
Silver Shirley Babashoff
 United States
Bronze Shane Gould
 Australia

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Gabriele Wetzko  East Germany 1:00.40 Q
2 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya  Soviet Union 1:01.24 Q
3 Claude Mandonnaud  France 1:01.34 Q
4 Guylaine Berger  France 1:01.54
5 Judit Turóczy  Hungary 1:01.57
6 Sharon Booth  Australia 1:02.07
7 Kirsten Strange-Campbell  Denmark 1:03.83
8 Susana Saxlund  Uruguay 1:04.91

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Enith Brigitha  Netherlands 1:00.02 Q
2 Anke Rijnders  Netherlands 1:00.76 Q
3 Judy Wright  Canada 1:01.97
4 Chantal Schertz  France 1:02.82
5 Edit Kovács  Hungary 1:03.00
6 Lucy Burle  Brazil 1:03.12
7 Marcia Arriaga  Mexico 1:03.66
8 Ileana Morales  Venezuela 1:04.13

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Magdolna Patóh  Hungary 59.47 Q, OR
2 Sandy Neilson  United States 59.51 Q
3 Hansje Bunschoten  West Germany 1:00.82 Q
4 Eva Andersson  Sweden 1:01.88
5 Susan Edmondson  Great Britain 1:02.29
6 Françoise Monod  Switzerland 1:02.43
7 Heather Coombridge  New Zealand 1:02.95
8 Hsu Yue-yun  Chinese Taipei 1:04.77

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shirley Babashoff  United States 59.51 Q
2 Wendy Cook  Canada 1:01.20 Q
3 Mary Beth Rondeau  Canada 1:01.46
4 Leanne Francis  Australia 1:01.90
5 Lesley Allardice  Great Britain 1:02.07
6 Inger Andersson  Sweden 1:03.40
7 Diane Walker  Great Britain 1:03.40

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jutta Weber  West Germany 59.72 Q
2 Jenny Kemp  United States 1:00.42 Q
3 Sylvia Eichner  East Germany 1:00.64 Q
4 Angela Steinbach  West Germany 1:01.66
5 Nadezhda Matyukhina  Soviet Union 1:02.14
6 Margrit Thomet  Switzerland 1:02.33
7 Laura Podestà  Italy 1:02.88

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 59.44 Q, OR
2 Andrea Eife  East Germany 59.73 Q
3 Heidi Reineck  West Germany 1:00.39 Q
4 Grethe Mathiesen  Norway 1:01.47
5 Yelena Timoshenko  Soviet Union 1:01.68
6 Shigeko Kawanishi  Japan 1:02.13
7 Khriska Peycheva  Bulgaria 1:03.43
8 Virginia Anchestegui  Mexico 1:04.99

Semifinals[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shirley Babashoff  United States 59.05 Q, OR
2 Magdolna Patóh  Hungary 59.64 Q
3 Heidi Reineck  West Germany 59.66 Q
4 Andrea Eife  East Germany 59.71 Q
5 Jenny Kemp  United States 59.93
6 Anke Rijnders  Netherlands 1:00.84
7 Wendy Cook  Canada 1:01.26
8 Claude Mandonnaud  France 1:01.88

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 59.20 Q
2 Sandy Neilson  United States 59.41 Q
3 Gabriele Wetzko  East Germany 59.46 Q
4 Enith Brigitha  Netherlands 59:75 Q
5 Jutta Weber  West Germany 59:90
6 Sylvia Eichner  East Germany 1:00.73
7 Hansje Bunschoten  Netherlands 1:00.79
8 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya  Soviet Union 1:01.12

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Sandy Neilson  United States 58.59 OR
2 Shirley Babashoff  United States 59.02
3 Shane Gould  Australia 59.06
4 Gabriele Wetzko  East Germany 59.21
5 Heidi Reineck  West Germany 59.73
6 Andrea Eife  East Germany 59.91
7 Magdolna Patóh  Hungary 1:00.02
8 Enith Brigitha  Netherlands 1:00.09

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Women's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016.