Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympia Schwimmhalle
Date 29 August (heats and final)
Competitors 40 from 23 nations
Winning time 2:41.71 (OR)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Beverley Whitfield  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dana Schoenfield  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Galina Prozumenshchikova  Soviet Union
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Swimming events at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

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.

Records[edit]

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:

Date Round Name Nationality Time OR WR
29 August Heat 3 Ágnes Kaczander  Hungary 2:43.13 OR
29 August Final Beverley Whitfield  Australia 2:41.71 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Kaczander, ÁgnesÁgnes Kaczander  Hungary 2:43.13 Q, OR[2]
2 3 Kiss, ÉvaÉva Kiss  Hungary 2:43.68 Q
3 6 Porubayko, LyudmilaLyudmila Porubayko  Soviet Union 2:43.68 Q
4 4 Schoenfield, DanaDana Schoenfield  United States 2:43.97 Q
5 5 Prozumenshchikova, GalinaGalina Prozumenshchikova  Soviet Union 2:44.20 Q
6 5 Whitfield, BeverleyBeverley Whitfield  Australia 2:44.47 Q
7 6 Clevenger, ClaudiaClaudia Clevenger  United States 2:44.74 Q
8 6 Nows, PetraPetra Nows  West Germany 2:45.20 Q
9 4 Anke, HanneloreHannelore Anke  East Germany 2:45.92
10 2 Smedh, Britt-MarieBritt-Marie Smedh  Sweden 2:46.05
11 1 Eberle, VreniVreni Eberle  West Germany 2:46.17
12 6 Shibata, ChienoChieno Shibata  Japan 2:46.87
13 2 Mitchell, BarbaraBarbara Mitchell  United States 2:47.05
14 2 Beavan, PatPat Beavan  Great Britain 2:47.42
15 6 Rüegg, ErikaErika Rüegg  Switzerland 2:47.63
16 5 Wright, JaneJane Wright  Canada 2:47.85
17 3 te Riet, AlieAlie te Riet  Netherlands 2:48.49
18 4 Hudson, JudithJudith Hudson  Australia 2:49.09
19 4 Stuart, MarianMarian Stuart  Canada 2:49.11
20 5 Jarvis, ChristineChristine Jarvis  Great Britain 2:49.24
21 1 Langer, SylviaSylvia Langer  East Germany 2:49.68
22 5 Pettersson, JeanetteJeanette Pettersson  Sweden 2:50.36
23 2 Klees, UlrikeUlrike Klees  West Germany 2:50.48
24 1 Prudnikova, TetianaTetiana Prudnikova  Soviet Union 2:50.79
25 5 Panadell, NievesNieves Panadell  Spain 2:51.50
26 3 Radnage, AmandaAmanda Radnage  Great Britain 2:51.85
27 4 Mottoulle, BéatriceBéatrice Mottoulle  Belgium 2:52.18
28 2 Schuchardt, BrigitteBrigitte Schuchardt  East Germany 2:53.03
29 2 O'Connor, AnnAnn O'Connor  Ireland 2:53.04
30 1 Miserini, PatriziaPatrizia Miserini  Italy 2:53.14
31 3 Ioannidou, MairiMairi Ioannidou  Greece 2:53.53
32 3 Nir, ShlomitShlomit Nir  Israel 2:53.60
33 6 Marková, ZuzanaZuzana Marková  Czechoslovakia 2:53.88
34 6 de la Portilla, Ana ElenaAna Elena de la Portilla  Mexico 2:54.10
35 4 Yamamoto, YokoYoko Yamamoto  Japan 2:54.28
36 2 Pepe, Rose-MarieRose-Marie Pepe  Canada 2:54.75
37 3 Urueta, LeonorLeonor Urueta  Mexico 2:55.21
38 4 Nielsen, WinnieWinnie Nielsen  Denmark 2:59.31
39 1 Lee Yue-hwanLee Yue-hwan  Republic of China 3:04.74
40 1 Teixeira, CristinaCristina Teixeira  Brazil 2:57.03 DSQ[2]
41 5 Mugrditchian, Ani JaneAni Jane Mugrditchian  Lebanon DNS[2]
42 1 Zawadzka, HalinaHalina Zawadzka  Poland DNS[2]

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Whitfield, BeverleyBeverley Whitfield  Australia 2:41.71 OR[2]
2nd, silver medalist(s) Schoenfield, DanaDana Schoenfield  United States 2:42.05
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Prozumenshchikova, GalinaGalina Prozumenshchikova  Soviet Union 2:42.36
4 Clevenger, ClaudiaClaudia Clevenger  United States 2:42.88
5 Nows, PetraPetra Nows  West Germany 2:43.38
6 Kaczander, ÁgnesÁgnes Kaczander  Hungary 2:43.41
7 Porubayko, LyudmilaLyudmila Porubayko  Soviet Union 2:44.48
8 Kiss, ÉvaÉva Kiss  Hungary 2:45.12

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MOC, p. 329
  2. ^ a b c d e MOC, p. 344