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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Women's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 9, 1972  
Date Finished: September 10, 1972  
(Competitors: 56; Countries: 14; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF   1972_olympic_stadium.jpg 
The GDR broke their world record of 3:28.8 in the heats with 3:28.5. The USA team led after Fergerson’s 51.8 opener, but the race was settled with the next two legs. Kühne opened up a lead of more than 10m, with 50.0, and Seidler increased the margin to 20m, with 50.5. The USA were 8m clear of FRG, with France and Britain locked in a battle for fourth place. Zehrt led the GDR team home with a 50.3 leg, as they broke the world record by more than five seconds. The next three teams also broke the old record, with Hammond running the fastest anchor leg of 50.2. Other than the Soviets, all teams set national records.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
This was the first time that women ran a 4x400 relay at the Olympics. The East Germans were the world record holders, having set the mark in 1971 and breaking it earlier in 1972. In the first round, the GDR again broke the world record, posting 3:28.8. In the final they broke that record by over five seconds, posting 3:22.95 to win by over 20 metres from the United States, with West Germany winning the bronze medal.
 

Records

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1972 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:29.28 East Germany Monika Zehrt
East Germany Rita Kühne
East Germany Ingelore Lohse
East Germany Helga Seidler
Helsinki (FIN) July 27, 1972
 
        Results          
   
4 x 400 m Women     Final 10 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records  
1 3.22.95     Dagmar Käsling GER, Rita Kühne GER, Helga Seidler GER, Monika Zehrt GER East Germany GDR      
2 3.25.15     Mable Fergerson, Madeline Jackson, Cheryl Toussaint, Kathy Hammond United States USA      
3 3.26.51     Anette Rückes GER, Inge Bödding GER, Hildegard Falck GER, Rita Wilden GER West Germany FRG      
4 3.27.52     Martine Duvivier, Colette Besson, Bernadette Louis, Nicole Duclos France FRA      
5 3.28.74     Verona Elder, Janet Simpson, Jannette Roscoe, Rosemary Wright Great Britain GBR      
6 3.28.84     Allison Ross-Edwards, Raelene Boyle, Cheryl Peasley, Charlene Rendina Australia AUS      
7 3.29.44     Marika Lindholm, Pirjo Häggman, Tuula Rautanen, Mona-Lisa Pursiainen Finland FIN      
8 3.31.89     Lyubov Runtso RUS, Olga Syrovatskaya RUS, Natalya Chistyakova RUS, Nadezhda Ilyina RUS Soviet Union URS      
4 x 400 m Women     Heat 1 9 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records  
1 3.29.32     Anette Rückes GER, Inge Bödding GER, Hildegard Falck GER, Rita Wilden GER West Germany FRG      
2 3.30.02     Martine Duvivier, Colette Besson, Bernadette Louis, Nicole Duclos France FRA      
3 3.30.23     Lyubov Runtso RUS, Olga Syrovatskaya RUS, Natalya Chistyakova RUS, Nadezhda Ilyina RUS Soviet Union URS      
4 3.30.84     Mona-Lisa Pursiainen, Pirjo Häggman, Tuula Rautanen, Marika Lindholm Finland FIN      
5 3.32.44     Asunción Acosta, Marcela Chibás, Carmen Trustee, Aurelia Pentón Cuba CUB      
6 3.32.62     Lotta Malmström, Elisabeth Randerz, Ann Larsson, Karin Lundgren Sweden SWE      
7 3.44.45     Lorna Forde, Barbara Bishop, Marcia Trotman, Heather Gooding Barbados BAR      
4 x 400 m Women     Heat 2 9 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records  
1 3.28.48     Dagmar Käsling GER, Rita Kühne GER, Helga Seidler GER, Monika Zehrt GER East Germany GDR      
2 3.28.63     Mable Fergerson, Madeline Jackson, Cheryl Toussaint, Kathy Hammond United States USA      
3 3.29.99     Allison Ross-Edwards, Raelene Boyle, Cheryl Peasley, Charlene Rendina Australia AUS      
4 3.30.05     Janet Simpson, Verona Elder, Jannette Roscoe, Rosemary Wright Great Britain GBR      
5 3.31.89     Ruth Simpson, Una Morris, Rose Allwood, Yvonne Saunders CAN Jamaica JAM      
6 3.42.19     Christiane Wildschek, Maria Sykora, Gerlinde Massing, Karoline Käfer Austria AUT      
  DNF     Bozena Zientarska, Krystyna Kacperczyk, Elzbieta Skowronska, Danuta Piecyk Poland POL      

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Final

  • Held on 10 September 1972
Semifinals
  • Held on 9 September 1972
Heat 1Heat 2
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
Gold medal icon.svg  East Germany (GDR) • Dagmar Käsling
• Rita Kühne
• Helga Seidler
• Monika Zehrt
3:22.95
(WR)
Silver medal icon.svg  United States (USA) • Mable Fergerson
• Madeline Manning
• Cheryl Toussaint
• Kathy Hammond
3:25.15
Bronze medal icon.svg  West Germany (FRG) • Anette Rückes
• Inge Bödding
• Hildegard Falck
• Rita Wilden
3:26.51
4.  France (FRA) • Martine Duvivier
• Colette Besson
• Bernadette Martin
• Nicole Duclos
3:27.5
5.  Great Britain (GBR) • Verona Bernard
• Janet Simpson
• Jannette Roscoe
• Rosemary Stirling
3:28.7
6.  Australia (AUS) • Alison Ross-Edwards
• Raelene Boyle
• Cheryl Peasley
• Charlene Rendina
3:28.8
7.  Finland (FIN) • Marika Eklund
• Pirjo Wilmi
• Tuula Rautanen
• Mona-Lisa Strandvall
3:29.4
8.  Soviet Union (URS) • Lubov Runtso
• Olga Syrovatskaia
• Natalya Chistiakova
• Nadezhda Kolesnikova
3:31.9
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
1.  West Germany (FRG) • Anette Rückes
• Inge Bödding
• Hildegard Falck
• Rita Wilden
3:29.3
2.  France (FRA) • Martine Duvivier
• Colette Besson
• Bernadette Martin
• Nicole Duclos
3:30.0
3.  Soviet Union (URS) • Lubov Runtso
• Olga Syrovatskaia
• Natalya Chistiakov
• Nadezhda Kolesnikova
3:30.2
4.  Finland (FIN) • Marika Eklund
• Pirjo Wilmi
• Tuula Rautanen
• Mona-Lisa Strandvall
3:30.8
5  Cuba (CUB) • Asuncion Acosta
• Marcela Chibas
• Beatriz Castillo
• Aurelia Pentón
3:32:4
6.  Sweden (SWE) • Charlotta Malmstrom
• Elisabeth Randerz
• Ann Larsson
• Karin Lundgren
3:32.6
7.  Barbados (BAR) • Lorna Forde
• Barbara Bishop
• Marcia Trotman
• Heather Gooding
3:44.5
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
1.  East Germany (GDR) • Dagmar Käsling
• Rita Kühne
• Helga Seidler
• Monika Zehrt
3:28.5
2.  United States (USA) • Mable Fergerson
• Madeline Manning
• Cheryl Toussaint
• Kathy Hammond
3:28.6
3.  Australia (AUS) • Alison Ross-Edwards
• Raelene Boyle
• Cheryl Peasley
• Charlene Rendina
3:30.0
4.  Great Britain (GBR) • Janet Simpson
• Verona Bernard
• Jannette Roscoe
• Rosemary Stirling
3:30.1
5.  Jamaica (JAM) • Ruth Williams
• Una Morris
• Rosie Allwood
• Yvonne Saunders
3:31.98
6.  Austria (AUT) • Christiane Casapicola
• Helga Kapfer
• Gerlinde Massing
• Karoline K¤fer
3:42.2
 Poland (POL) • Bozena Zientarska
• Krystyna Kacperczyk
• Elzbieta Skowronska
• Danuta Piecyk
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