Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres
These are the official results of the Women's 1500 metres event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The competition was held on 4 of September & 9 of September. This was the first time this distance was held for women at the Olympics.
|Women's 1500 metres|
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Stadium, Munich, West Germany|
|Date||4 September 1972 & 9 September 1972|
|Competitors||36 from 21 nations|
|Winning time||4:01.36 WR|
Ludmila Bragina had just set the world record a month and a half earlier, knocking two and a half seconds off of Karin Burneleit's previous record. Burneleit was in the field, as were previous record holders Jaroslava Jehličková and Paola Pigni. In the first heat, Bragina improved upon her world record by .4. A step behind her, seventeen year old Glenda Reiser set the world junior record, also running faster than the world record at the start of that race. Reiser's time would also qualify as the World Youth Best.
In the first semi final, Reiser was not so lucky, not only did she not run as fast, but she didn't qualify for the final. In the second semi final, Bragina again improved the world record by almost a second and a half, while Jehličková was eliminated.
In the final, Berny Boxem was the early leader, while Bragina languished in dead last place. After the first 600 metres, Bragina decided to change that, moving to the outside and running past the field at a quicker tempo. Only long striding Berny Boxem was able to go with her as Bragina opened up a 10-metre lead on the field. After another 300 metres, Boxem began to fade and was quickly swallowed up by the front of the pack led by Sheila Carey. At the bell Ellen Tittel dropped out, collapsing onto the high jump apron while Bragina continued to expand her lead. Gunhild Hoffmeister moved past Carey into second place but they all were losing ground to Bragina. Several places back, Pigni launched into her kick, passing Burneleit, Keizer, Carey and almost catching Hoffmeister. But Hoffmeister noticed and defended her position, battling to stay ahead. Twice on the home stretch, with her arms flailing, Pigni looked to draw even with Hoffmeister, but each time Hoffmeister edged ahead to take the silver medal. Not only did Bragina set a third consecutive world record, but the next four competitors behind her beat her world record from two days earlier. Even sixth place Keizer was only .06 behind the previous record, at a time when records were only accurate to .1 of a second.
The top four runners in each heat (blue) and the next two fastest (pink), advanced to the semifinal round.
|1||Ludmila Bragina||Soviet Union||4:06.47||WR|
|6||Christa Merten||West Germany||4:12.60|
|7||Joan Allison||Great Britain||4:14.89|
|9||Lee Chiu-Hsia||Republic of China||4:37.15|
|4||Francie Kraker||United States||4:14.73|
|8||Gerda Ranz||West Germany||4:18.60|
|1||Tamara Pangelova||Soviet Union||4:10.75|
|2||Karin Burneleit||East Germany||4:10.83|
|3||Francie Larrieu||United States||4:11.18|
|4||Joyce Smith||Great Britain||4:11.27|
|1||Ellen Tittel||West Germany||4:12.12|
|2||Gunhild Hoffmeister||East Germany||4:12.80|
|3||Sheila Carey||Great Britain||4:13.01|
|8||Tamara Kazachkova||Soviet Union||4:20.15|
|-||Doris Brown||United States||DNS|
The top four runners in each heat (blue) and the next two fastest (pink), advanced to the final round.
|1||Tamara Pangelova||Soviet Union||4:07.66|
|3||Gunhild Hoffmeister||East Germany||4:07.94|
|6||Joyce Smith||Great Britain||4:09.37|
|8||Francie Kraker||United States||4:12.76|
|1||Ludmila Bragina||Soviet Union||4:05.07||WR|
|2||Karin Burneleit||East Germany||4:05.78|
|3||Ellen Tittel||West Germany||4:06.65|
|4||Sheila Carey||Great Britain||4:07.41|
|8||Francie Larrieu||United States||4:15.26|
|Ludmila Bragina||Soviet Union||4:01.38||WR|
|Gunhild Hoffmeister||East Germany||4:02.83|
|4||Karin Burneleit||East Germany||4:04.11|
|5||Sheila Carey||Great Britain||4:04.81|
|7||Tamara Pangelova||Soviet Union||4:06.45|
|-||Ellen Tittel||West Germany||DNF|
Key: WR = world record; OR = Olympic record; DNS = did not start; DNF = did not finish
- "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Games: Women's 1500 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.