Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 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 800 metre freestyle event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place between September 2 and 3.[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 sixteen lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Keena Rothhammer
 United States
Silver Shane Gould
 Australia
Bronze Novella Calligaris
 Italy

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Novella Calligaris  Italy 9:02.96
2 Andrea Eife  East Germany 9:22.88
3 Barbara Schwarzfeldt  West Germany 9:24.89
4 María Teresa Ramírez  Mexico 9:25.09
5 Françoise Monod  Switzerland 9:50.73
6 Hsu Yue-yun  Chinese Taipei 10:08.49
7 Eleni Avlonitou  Greece 10:10.88

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Keena Rothhammer  United States 8:59.69
2 Hansje Bunschoten  Netherlands 9:21.13
3 Uta Schütz  West Germany 9:22.93
4 Olga de Angulo  Colombia 9:43.27
5 Helga Wagner  West Germany 9:44.17
6 Olga Petrusyova  Soviet Union 10:04.96
7 Silvia Borgini  Argentina 10:09.19

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ann Simmons  United States 9:11.94
2 Narelle Moras  Australia 9:17.95
3 Roselina Angee  Colombia 9:38.08
4 June Green  Great Britain 9:39.91
5 Laura Vaca  Mexico 9:50.10
6 Belinda Phillips  Jamaica 9:53.99
7 Avis Willington  Great Britain 10:10.91

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Shane Gould  Australia 9:10.84
2 Gudrun Wegner  East Germany 9:11.32
3 Karin Tülling  East Germany 9:25.73
4 Federica Stabilini  Italy 9:27.84
5 Mary Beth Rondeau  Canada 9:43.31
6 Antonella Valentini  Italy 9:49.07
7 Patricia López  Argentina 10:06.39

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Jo Harshbarger  United States 9:14.46
2 Karen Moras  Australia 9:25.11
3 Jaynie Parkhouse  New Zealand 9:34.65
4 Karen LeGresley  Canada 9:37.13
5 Brenda Holmes  Canada 9:39.44
6 Susan Jones  Great Britain 9:47.35
7 Kirsten Knudsen  Denmark 10:02.56
8 Aisling O'Leary  Ireland 10:18.05

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Keena Rothhammer  United States 8:53.68 WR
2 Shane Gould  Australia 8:56.39
3 Novella Calligaris  Italy 8:57.46
4 Ann Simmons  United States 8:57.62
5 Gudrun Wegner  East Germany 8:58.89
6 Jo Harshbarger  United States 9:01.21
7 Hansje Bunschoten  Netherlands 9:16.69
8 Narelle Moras  Australia 9:19.06

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Women's 800 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 November 2016.