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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Women's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top four in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 4, 1972 Format: Top four in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 9, 1972  
(Competitors: 36; Countries: 21; Finalists: 10)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF    1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
Bragina had broken Burneleit’s world record by 2.7 seconds in the USSR championships in July with 4:06.9. She went straight to the front in the first heat, continuing through laps of 63.1, 66.5 and 67.3 before relaxing in the finishing straight to beat 17 year-old Glenda Reiser by 2m in a world record 4:06.47. Reiser also beat the old record with 4:06.71. The semi-finals saw Bragina run a similar race, with Bernie Boxem (NED) leading for the first 300m, and the Russian completing circuits of 63.1, 66.0 and 67.5, then running a little harder to the finish, to break her three-day old record with 4:05.07. Burneleit finished second in 4:05.78, with Tittel third in 4:06.65. Boxem, and her teammate Keizer led in the final, passing 400m in 62.45, and leading until 700m, when Bragina took over, increasing the pace with 16.0 for the next 100m, passing 800m in 2:10.0. The Russian ran her next 400m in 64.6, passing the bell in 2:58.6, leaving her 66.4 to break her world record. She took just 62.8 seconds, slightly increasing the 10m gap she had at the bell. Hoffmeister held off Cacchi’s assaults in the finishing straight to win the silver medal, with Burneleit a further 10m back. All told five runners beat the new world record, and throughout the event there were 12 marks ahead of the pre-Olympic world record, while Bragina entered athletics history with her remarkable trio of records.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
At the Olympics, women had not been allowed to compete over any distance past 200 metres from 1928 until the 800 was restored in 1960. Thus adding the 1,500 was another step forward for women. Women had competed over 1,500 metres in the 1969 and 1971 European Championships, with Jaroslava Jehličková (TCH) and Karin Burneleit (GDR) winning those titles, respectively. They had both set world records in winning those races, but Soviet Lyudmila Bragina had bettered the world record in July 1972 at the USSR Championships. In München she broke her own world record in the first round (4:06.47) and then bettered that in the semi-final (4:05.07). In the final Berny Boxem-Lenferink (NED) led the first lap, but Bragina then took over, and increased the pace dramatically. She had a 10-metre gap at the bell and held it throughout the final circuit, finishing in a world record 4:01.38. The first five finishers also broke Bragina's world record from the semi-final and in all there were 12 marks ahead of the pre-München world record.
 
 
        Results          

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 had not been allowed to compete in any distance since the 800 metres was added in 1960. Women have been compete in the 1500 metres since the 1969 European Athletics Championships.

With the event in its infancy, 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.

1500 m Women     Final 9 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 4.01.38     Lyudmila Bragina Soviet Union URS 24 Jul 43 WR  
2 4.02.83     Gunhild Hoffmeister East Germany GDR 6 Jul 44    
3 4.02.85     Paola Cacchi Italy ITA 30 Dec 45    
4 4.04.11     Karin Krebs East Germany GDR 18 Aug 43    
5 4.04.81     Sheila Carey Great Britain GBR 12 Aug 46    
6 4.05.13     Ilja Keizer Netherlands NED 26 Feb 44    
7 4.06.45     Tamara Pangelova Soviet Union URS 22 Aug 43    
8 4.12.15     Jennifer Orr Australia AUS 21 Jan 53    
9 4.13.10     Berny Boxem Netherlands NED 12 May 48    
1500 m Women     Semifinal 1 7 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 4.07.66     Tamara Pangelova Soviet Union URS 22 Aug 43    
2 4.07.83     Paola Cacchi Italy ITA 30 Dec 45    
3 4.07.94     Gunhild Hoffmeister East Germany GDR 6 Jul 44    
3 4.06.65     Ellen Wessinghage West Germany FRG 28 Jun 48    
4 4.07.41     Sheila Carey Great Britain GBR 12 Aug 46    
5 4.08.81     Berny Boxem Netherlands NED 12 May 48    
6 4.08.86     Jennifer Orr Australia AUS 21 Jan 53    
7 4.09.70     Wenche Sørum Norway NOR 10 Jul 51    
8 4.15.26     Francie Larrieu Smith United States USA 23 Nov 52    
9 4.18.16     Jaroslava Jehlicková Czechoslovakia TCH 24 Mar 42    
1500 m Women     Heat 1 4 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 4.06.47     Lyudmila Bragina Soviet Union URS 24 Jul 43 WR  
2 4.06.71     Glenda Reiser Canada CAN 16 Jun 55 AJR  
3 4.08.00     Ilja Keizer Netherlands NED 26 Feb 44    
4 4.08.06     Jennifer Orr Australia AUS 21 Jan 53    
5 4.08.39     Jaroslava Jehlicková Czechoslovakia TCH 24 Mar 42    
6 4.12.60     Christa Merten West Germany FRG 14 Oct 44    
7 4.14.89     Joan Allison Great Britain GBR 10 Jun 47    
8 4.24.94     Marijke Moser Switzerland SUI 13 Nov 46    
9 4.37.15     Li Chiu-Hsia Chinese Taipei TPE 23 Oct 50    
1500 m Women     Heat 2 4 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 4.09.53     Paola Cacchi Italy ITA 30 Dec 45    
2 4.12.85     Vasilena Amzina Bulgaria BUL 29 Jun 42    
3 4.13.83     Berny Boxem Netherlands NED 12 May 48    
4 4.14.73     Francea Kraker United States USA 9 Feb 47    
5 4.15.43     Thelma Wright Canada CAN 9 Oct 51    
6 4.16.00     Grete Waitz Norway NOR 1 Oct 53    
7 4.16.08     Sara Ligetkuti Hungary HUN 20 Apr 45    
8 4.18.60     Gerda Ranz West Germany FRG 29 Nov 44    
9 4.23.36     Vera Nikolic Yugoslavia YUG 23 Sep 48    
1500 m Women     Heat 3 4 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 4.10.75     Tamara Pangelova Soviet Union URS 22 Aug 43    
2 4.10.83     Karin Krebs East Germany GDR 18 Aug 43    
3 4.11.18     Francie Larrieu Smith United States USA 23 Nov 52    
4 4.11.27     Joyce Smith Great Britain GBR 26 Oct 37    
5 4.11.32     Inger Knutsson Sweden SWE 8 May 55    
6 4.16.43     Mary Purcell Ireland IRL 22 May 49    
7 4.21.4a     Sinikka Tyynelä Finland FIN 17 Mar 54    
8 4.41.47     Emesia Chizunga Malawi MAW 3 Mar 54    
  DNF     Magdolna Kulcsár Hungary HUN 18 Feb 48    
1500 m Women     Heat 4 4 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 4.12.12     Ellen Wessinghage West Germany FRG 28 Jun 48    
2 4.12.80     Gunhild Hoffmeister East Germany GDR 6 Jul 44    
3 4.13.01     Sheila Carey Great Britain GBR 12 Aug 46    
4 4.14.10     Wenche Sørum Norway NOR 10 Jul 51    
5 4.14.95     Tonka Petrova Bulgaria BUL 1 Feb 47    
6 4.16.67     Anne-Marie Nenzell Sweden SWE 29 May 49    
7 4.19.67     Margrit Hess Switzerland SUI 23 May 47    
8 4.20.15     Tamara Sorokina Soviet Union URS 15 Aug 50    
9 4.20.9a     Cherono Mayo Kenya KEN 2 Mar 54    
  12.93 0.8   Pam Ryan Australia AUS 12 Aug 39 AR  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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