Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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The women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place August 30.[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 eight lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Shane Gould
 Australia
Silver Novella Calligaris
 Italy
Bronze Gudrun Wegner
 East Germany

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jenny Wylie  United States 4:27.53 OR, Q
2 Anke Rijnders  Netherlands 4:29.94 Q
3 Karin Tülling  East Germany 4:32.56
4 Federica Stabilini  Italy 4:36.32
5 Maria Teresa Ramírez  Mexico 4:39.14
6 Helga Wagner  West Germany 4:47.61
7 Kirsten Knudsen  Denmark 4:53.76

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shirley Babashoff  United States 4:31.98 Q
2 Karen Moras  Australia 4:36.14
3 Mary Beth Rondeau  Canada 4:36.71
4 Anne Marie McCaffrey  Canada 4:39.92
5 Roselina Angee  Colombia 4:45.97
6 Belinda Phillips  Jamaica 4:47.54
7 Hsu Yue-yun  Chinese Taipei 4:57.58

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 4:28.46 Q
2 Hansje Bunschoten  Netherlands 4:28.76 Q
3 Uta Schütz  West Germany 4:34.67
4 Narelle Moras  Australia 4:37.57
5 Susan Edmondson  Great Britain 4:39.10
6 Ileana Morales  Venezuela 4:44.73
7 Diana Sutherland  Great Britain 4:47.66

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Novella Calligaris  Italy 4:24.14 OR, Q
2 Keena Rothhammer  United States 4:24.82 Q
3 Gudrun Wegner  East Germany 4:25.13 Q
4 Olga de Angulo  Colombia 4:40.09
5 Jaynie Parkhouse  New Zealand 4:40.24
6 June Green  Great Britain 4:45.81
7 Eleni Avlonitou  Greece 4:52.10
8 Patricia López  Argentina 4:59.68

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 4:19.04 WR
2 Novella Calligaris  Italy 4:22.44
3 Gudrun Wegner  East Germany 4:23.11
4 Shirley Babashoff  United States 4:23.59
5 Jenny Wylie  United States 4:24.07
6 Keena Rothhammer  United States 4:24.22
7 Hansje Bunschoten  Netherlands 4:29.70
8 Anke Rijnders  Netherlands 4:31.51

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Women's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 November 2016.