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

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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 freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place September 1.[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 four lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Shane Gould
 Australia
Silver Shirley Babashoff
 United States
Bronze Keena Rothhammer
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ann Marshall  United States 2:08.12 OR, Q
2 Karin Tülling  East Germany 2:09.01 Q
3 Jutta Weber  West Germany 2:12.44
4 Merrily Stratten  Canada 2:12.44
5 Heather Coombridge  New Zealand 2:14.78
6 Karen LeGresley  Canada 2:16.34
7 Belinda Phillips  Jamaica 2:19.49

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Anke Rijnders  Netherlands 2:09.09 Q
2 Helen Gray  Australia 2:12.76
3 Nadezhda Matyukhina  Soviet Union 2:13.60
4 Françoise Monod  Switzerland 2:15.30
5 Olga de Angulo  Colombia 2:17.34
6 Silvia Borgini  Argentina 2:23.11

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Keena Rothhammer  United States 2:07.48 OR, Q
2 Hansje Bunschoten  Netherlands 2:08.58 Q
3 Tatyana Zolotnitskaya  Soviet Union 2:13.12
4 Yelena Timoshenko  Soviet Union 2:14.06
5 Diana Sutherland  Great Britain 2:16.00
6 Ileana Morales  Venezuela 2:18.84

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 2:07.95 Q
2 Deborah Palmer  Australia 2:10.29
3 Uta Schütz  West Germany 2:12.84
4 Mary Beth Rondeau  Canada 2:13.52
5 Susan Edmondson  Great Britain 2:13.54
6 Lucy Burle  Brazil 2:18.57
7 Marcia Arriaga  Mexico 2:18.93

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Andrea Eife  East Germany 2:07.95 OR, Q
2 Shirley Babashoff  United States 2:08.48 Q
3 Gudrun Wegner  East Germany 2:09.49
4 Angela Steinbach  West Germany 2:10.59
5 Lesley Allardice  Great Britain 2:13.43
6 Roselina Angee  Colombia 2:18.62
7 Hsu Yue-yun  Chinese Taipei 2:20.17

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 2:03.56 WR
2 Shirley Babashoff  United States 2:04.33
3 Keena Rothhammer  United States 2:04.92
4 Ann Marshall  United States 2:05.45
5 Andrea Eife  East Germany 2:06.27
6 Hansje Bunschoten  Netherlands 2:08.40
7 Anke Rijnders  Netherlands 2:09.41
8 Karin Tülling  East Germany 2:11.70

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 November 2016.