Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

These are the official results of the Women's 400 metres event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The competition was held on 2 & 7 of September.[1] The favorite coming into the Olympics was Monika Zehrt of East Germany who equaled the world record in the previous July. The other world record holder was Marilyn Neufville of Jamaica, who was also favored to win, but was injured and unable to compete. This left the field open to challenge the world record holder for the top prize.

Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium, Munich, West Germany
Date2 September 1972 & 7 September 1972
Competitors49 from 29 nations
Winning time51.08
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Monika Zehrt  East Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Rita Wilden  West Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kathy Hammond  United States
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HeatsEdit

The top four runners in each heat (blue) and the next four fastest (pink), advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Heat oneEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Charlene Rendina   Australia 7 51.94 OR
2 Rita Wilden   West Germany 4 51.97
3 Mable Fergerson   United States 1 52.05
4 Judith Ayaa   Uganda 2 52.85
5 Karoline Käfer   Austria 3 53.60
6 Asunción Acosta   Cuba 5 54.52
7 Barbara Bishop   Barbados 6 56.35

Heat twoEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Kathy Hammond   United States 1 53.45
2 Jannette Roscoe   Great Britain 7 53.67
3 Marika Eklund   Finland 3 53.81
4 Natalya Pechonkina   Soviet Union 2 53.81
5 Krystyna Kacperczyk   Poland 4 53.85
6 Junaidah Aman   Malaysia 5 57.36
- Christiane Casapicola   Austria 6 DNS

Heat threeEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Monika Zehrt   East Germany 3 52.49
2 Mona-Lisa Strandvall   Finland 5 52.85
3 Trudy Ruth   Netherlands 2 53.16
4 Tekla Chemabwai   Kenya 4 53.38
5 Debra Edwards   United States 1 54.43
6 Maria Sykora   Austria 7 54.46
7 Josefa Vicent   Uruguay 6 55.33

Heat fourEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Nicole Duclos   France 4 52.69
2 Györgyi Balogh   Hungary 7 52.75
3 Nadezhda Kolesnikova   Soviet Union 2 53.20
4 Karin Wallgren   Sweden 5 53.70
5 Bożena Zientarska   Poland 3 54.20
6 Ruth Williams   Jamaica 6 55.72
7 Aida Mantawel   Philippines 1 57.91

Heat fiveEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Yvonne Saunders   Jamaica 1 52.38
2 Helga Seidler   East Germany 6 52.79
3 Colette Besson   France 5 53.41
4 Allison Ross-Edwards   Australia 4 53.48
5 Donata Govoni   Italy 2 53.98
6 Irén Orosz   Hungary 3 54.83
7 Arda Kalpakian   Lebanon 7 1:05.18

Heat sixEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Christel Frese   West Germany 5 52.89
2 Dagmar Käsling   East Germany 6 52.99
3 Aurelia Pentón   Cuba 2 53.25
4 Olga Syrovatskaya   Soviet Union 7 53.62
5 Janet Simpson   Great Britain 8 54.13
6 Joyce Sadowick   Canada 3 54.59
7 Elsy Rivas   Colombia 1 56.33
8 Kamaljit Sandhu   India 4 57.74

Heat sevenEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Carmen Trustée   Cuba 7 52.80
2 Penny Hunt   New Zealand 5 52.82
3 Danuta Piecyk   Poland 6 53.08
4 Verona Bernard   Great Britain 4 53.31
5 Anette Rückes   West Germany 3 53.92
6 Vreni Leiser   Switzerland 1 54.65
7 Grace Muneene   Zambia 2 57.71

QuarterfinalsEdit

The top four runners in each heat advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Charlene Rendina   Australia 5 51.96
2 Helga Seidler   East Germany 3 51.97
3 Nadezhda Kolesnikova   Soviet Union 1 52.30
4 Trudy Ruth   Netherlands 8 52.45
5 Karoline Käfer   Austria 6 52.82
6 Jannette Roscoe   Great Britain 7 53.01
7 Anette Rückes   West Germany 2 53.22
- Carmen Trustée   Cuba 4 DNS

Heat twoEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Yvonne Saunders   Jamaica 8 52.13
2 Monika Zehrt   East Germany 2 52.33
3 Judith Ayaa   Uganda 7 52.68
4 Christel Frese   West Germany 1 53.01
5 Colette Besson   France 3 53.39
6 Marika Eklund   Finland 6 53.50
7 Tekla Chemabwai   Kenya 5 53.54
8 Natalya Pechonkina   Soviet Union 4 54.58

Heat threeEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Györgyi Balogh   Hungary 2 51.71 OR
2 Rita Wilden   West Germany 8 51.91
3 Aurelia Pentón   Cuba 6 52.02
4 Kathy Hammond   United States 5 52.44
5 Danuta Piecyk   Poland 4 52.62
6 Penny Hunt   New Zealand 1 52.66
7 Olga Syrovatskaya   Soviet Union 7 53.42
8 Donata Govoni   Italy 3 53.78

Heat fourEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Dagmar Käsling   East Germany 1 52.33
2 Mona-Lisa Strandvall   Finland 3 52.53
3 Mable Fergerson   United States 7 52.93
4 Nicole Duclos   France 8 52.96
5 Verona Bernard   Great Britain 2 53.29
6 Allison Ross-Edwards   Australia 5 53.60
7 Karin Wallgren   Sweden 6 53.87
8 Krystyna Kacperczyk   Poland 4 54.39

SemifinalsEdit

Top four in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat oneEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Helga Seidler   East Germany 4 51.68 OR
2 Dagmar Käsling   East Germany 8 51.73
3 Györgyi Balogh   Hungary 5 51.90
4 Kathy Hammond   United States 1 51.92
5 Aurelia Pentón   Cuba 6 52.15
6 Mona-Lisa Strandvall   Finland 7 52.23
7 Judith Ayaa   Uganda 2 52.91
- Christel Frese   West Germany 3 DNF

Heat twoEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1 Monika Zehrt   East Germany 5 51.47 OR
2 Rita Wilden   West Germany 3 51.76
3 Charlene Rendina   Australia 8 51.90
4 Mable Fergerson   United States 6 51.91
5 Yvonne Saunders   Jamaica 2 51.93
6 Nicole Duclos   France 4 52.18
7 Nadezhda Kolesnikova   Soviet Union 7 52.29
8 Trudy Ruth   Netherlands 1 53.02

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
  Monika Zehrt   East Germany 7 51.08 OR
  Rita Wilden   West Germany 4 51.21
  Kathy Hammond   United States 5 51.64
4 Helga Seidler   East Germany 6 51.86
5 Mable Fergerson   United States 3 51.96
6 Charlene Rendina   Australia 8 51.99
7 Dagmar Käsling   East Germany 1 52.19
8 Györgyi Balogh   Hungary 2 52.39

Key: OR = Olympic record; DNS = did not start; DNF = did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Women's 400 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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