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

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The women's 200 metre individual medley event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place August 28.[1] This swimming event used medley swimming. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of four lengths of the pool. The first length was swum using the butterfly stroke, the second with the backstroke, the third length in breaststroke, and the fourth freestyle. Unlike other events using freestyle, swimmers could not use butterfly, backstroke, or breaststroke for the freestyle leg; most swimmers use the front crawl in freestyle events anyway.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Shane Gould
 Australia
Silver Kornelia Ender
 East Germany
Bronze Lynn Vidali
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Nina Petrova  Soviet Union 2:27.20
2 Anita Zarnowiecki  Sweden 2:29.08
3 Gail Neall  Australia 2:29.64
4 Karen James  Canada 2:31.25
5 Debra Cain  Australia 2:31.82
6 Eleni Avlonitou  Greece 2:39.10
7 Patricia López  Argentina 2:42.08

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Evelyn Stolze  East Germany 2:25.45
2 Leslie Cliff  Canada 2:25.59
3 Jaroslava Slavíčková  Czechoslovakia 2:27.33
4 Hennie Penterman  Netherlands 2:28.99
5 Éva Kiss  Hungary 2:32.68
6 Hsu Yue-yun  Chinese Taipei 2:35.93
7 María Ballesteros  Mexico 2:37.00

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jenny Bartz  United States 2:25.83
2 Brigitte Schuchardt  East Germany 2:30.04
3 Martha Nelson  Canada 2:30.51
4 Shelagh Ratcliffe  Great Britain 2:31.04
5 Gerda Lassooij  Netherlands 2:32.92
6 Eva Sigg  Finland 2:33.61
7 Gisela Cerezo  Venezuela 2:35.34
8 Laura Vaca  Mexico 2:34.35 DQ

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Kornelia Ender  East Germany 2:25.39
2 Carolyn Woods  United States 2:26.98
3 Susan Hunter  New Zealand 2:30.29
4 Wijda Mazereeuw  Netherlands 2:32.59
5 Avis Willington  Great Britain 2:32.64
6 Maria Isabel Guerra  Brazil 2:32.95
7 Kirsten Strange-Campbell  Denmark 2:33.15

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Lynn Vidali  United States 2:24.92
2 Yoshimi Nishigawa  Japan 2:26.61
3 Birutė Užkuraitytė  Soviet Union 2:31.11
4 Susan Richardson  Great Britain 2:31.24
5 Judit Turóczy  Hungary 2:32.63
6 Trine Krogh  Norway 2:36.27
7 Felicia Ospitaletche  Uruguay 2:37.69

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 2:26.44
2 Ágnes Kaczander-Kiss  Hungary 2:28.05
3 Yukari Takemoto  Japan 2:29.41
4 Susanne Niesner  Switzerland 2:30.87
5 Karin Bormann  West Germany 2:31.19
6 Helmi Boxberger  West Germany 2:33.71
7 Roselina Angee  Colombia 2:45.46
8 Ong Mei Lin  Malaysia 2:48.13

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 2:23.07 WR
2 Kornelia Ender  East Germany 2:23.59
3 Lynn Vidali  United States 2:24.06
4 Jenny Bartz  United States 2:24.55
5 Leslie Cliff  Canada 2:24.83
6 Evelyn Stolze  East Germany 2:25.90
7 Yoshimi Nishigawa  Japan 2:26.35
8 Carolyn Woods  United States 2:27.42

Key: WR = World record

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