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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Women's 400 m

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 2, 1972 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 7, 1972 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the final.
(Competitors: 49; Countries: 29; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF  1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
Zehrt had equalled the world record of 51.0 in July, and her teammate Seidler was expected to follow her home. The East Germans showed caution in the first two rounds, leaving Rendina and Wilden to duck below 52, though Balogh – with 51.71 – was the fastest before the semi-finals. Seidler improved the Olympic record in the first semi-final to 51.68 ahead of GDR third-string Käsling (51.73), and the record was bettered 10 minutes later as Zehrt ran 51.47. Hammond was the slowest qualifier with 51.92, and the excellent Yvonne Saunders (JAM) failed to make the final despite beating the pre-Munich Olympic record with 51.93. Balogh was fastest away in the final, but Zehrt had caught her by 200m, which they passed in 24.2, with Wilden third (24.4). By 300m Balogh had started to fade, and Zehrt led (36.8) with Wilden a metre behind. The West German closed in the first half of the straight, but the 19 year-old East German pulled away to win by a metre, as the two ran the second and third fastest ever electric times. Hammond moved up from sixth to third in the finishing straight.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Monika Zehrt (GDR) had equaled the world record of 51.0 in July and was favored. The other world record holder was Jamaica's Marilyn Neufville but she was injured and did not compete. The 1971 Europeans had been won by Helga Seidler of East Germany. Zehrt and Seidler both made it to the final easily. The final was led by Hungary's Györygi Balogh but she faded badly and would finish last. Zehrt took the lead at 200 metres and was never headed, holding off Rita Wilden of the FRG who took the silver medal. Seidler finished fourth, trailing the United States' Kathy Hammond.
 
 
Results
400 m Women Final 7 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.08 Monika Zehrt East Germany GDR 29 Sep 52
2 51.21 Rita Wilden West Germany FRG 9 Oct 47
3 51.64 Kathy Hammond United States USA 2 Nov 51
4 51.86 Helga Seidler East Germany GDR 5 Aug 49
5 51.96 Mable Fergerson United States USA 18 Jan 55
6 51.99 Charlene Rendina Australia AUS 28 Dec 47
7 52.19 Dagmar Käsling East Germany GDR 15 Feb 47
8 52.39 Györgyi Balogh Hungary HUN 1 May 48
400 m Women Semifinal 1 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.68 Helga Seidler East Germany GDR 5 Aug 49
2 51.73 Dagmar Käsling East Germany GDR 15 Feb 47
3 51.90 Györgyi Balogh Hungary HUN 1 May 48
4 51.92 Kathy Hammond United States USA 2 Nov 51
5 52.15 Aurelia Pentón Cuba CUB 18 Feb 43
6 52.23 Mona-Lisa Pursiainen Finland FIN 21 Jun 51
7 52.91 Judith Ayaa Uganda UGA 15 Jun 52
DNF Christel Frese West Germany FRG 3 Aug 44
400 m Women Semifinal 2 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.47 Monika Zehrt East Germany GDR 29 Sep 52
2 51.76 Rita Wilden West Germany FRG 9 Oct 47
3 51.90 Charlene Rendina Australia AUS 28 Dec 47
4 51.91 Mable Fergerson United States USA 18 Jan 55
5 51.93 Yvonne Saunders Jamaica JAM 9 Jan 51
6 52.18 Nicole Duclos France FRA 15 Aug 47
7 52.29 Nadezhda Ilyina Soviet Union URS 24 Jan 49
8 53.02 Trudy Ruth Netherlands NED 25 May 50
400 m Women Heat 1 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.96 Charlene Rendina Australia AUS 28 Dec 47
2 51.97 Helga Seidler East Germany GDR 5 Aug 49
3 52.30 Nadezhda Ilyina Soviet Union URS 24 Jan 49
4 52.45 Trudy Ruth Netherlands NED 25 May 50
5 52.82 Karoline Käfer Austria AUT 31 Oct 54
6 53.01 Jannette Roscoe Great Britain GBR 10 Jun 46
7 53.22 Anette Rückes West Germany FRG 19 Dec 51
DNS Carmen Trustee Cuba CUB 16 Jul 48
400 m Women Heat 2 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.13 Yvonne Saunders Jamaica JAM 9 Jan 51
2 52.33 Monika Zehrt East Germany GDR 29 Sep 52
3 52.68 Judith Ayaa Uganda UGA 15 Jun 52
4 53.01 Christel Frese West Germany FRG 3 Aug 44
5 53.39 Colette Besson France FRA 7 Apr 46
6 53.50 Marika Lindholm Finland FIN 14 Apr 48
7 53.54 Tekla Chemabwai Kenya KEN 3 Jul 50
8 54.58 Natalya Chistyakova Soviet Union URS 15 Jul 46
400 m Women Heat 3 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.71 Györgyi Balogh Hungary HUN 1 May 48
2 51.91 Rita Wilden West Germany FRG 9 Oct 47
3 52.02 Aurelia Pentón Cuba CUB 18 Feb 43
4 52.44 Kathy Hammond United States USA 2 Nov 51
5 52.62 Danuta Piecyk Poland POL 27 Sep 50
6 52.66 Penelope Hunt New Zealand NZL 18 Jan 48
7 53.42 Olga Syrovatskaya Soviet Union URS 1 Oct 52
8 53.78 Donata Sandrini Italy ITA 4 Mar 44
400 m Women Heat 4 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.33 Dagmar Käsling East Germany GDR 15 Feb 47
2 52.53 Mona-Lisa Pursiainen Finland FIN 21 Jun 51
3 52.93 Mable Fergerson United States USA 18 Jan 55
4 52.96 Nicole Duclos France FRA 15 Aug 47
5 53.29 Verona Elder Great Britain GBR 5 Apr 53
6 53.60 Allison Ross-Edwards Australia AUS 17 Oct 52
7 53.87 Karin Lundgren Sweden SWE 19 May 44
8 54.39 Krystyna Kacperczyk Poland POL 13 Oct 48
400 m Women Heat 1 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.94 Charlene Rendina Australia AUS 28 Dec 47
2 51.97 Rita Wilden West Germany FRG 9 Oct 47
3 52.05 Mable Fergerson United States USA 18 Jan 55
4 52.85 Judith Ayaa Uganda UGA 15 Jun 52
5 53.60 Karoline Käfer Austria AUT 31 Oct 54
6 54.52 Asunción Acosta Cuba CUB 10 May 54
7 56.35 Barbara Bishop Barbados BAR 10 Feb 56
400 m Women Heat 2 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 53.45 Kathy Hammond United States USA 2 Nov 51
2 53.67 Jannette Roscoe Great Britain GBR 10 Jun 46
3 53.81 Marika Lindholm Finland FIN 14 Apr 48
4 53.81 Natalya Chistyakova Soviet Union URS 15 Jul 46
5 53.85 Krystyna Kacperczyk Poland POL 13 Oct 48
6 57.36 Junaidah Aman Malaysia MAS 18 Feb 55
400 m Women Heat 3 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.49 Monika Zehrt East Germany GDR 29 Sep 52
2 52.85 Mona-Lisa Pursiainen Finland FIN 21 Jun 51
3 53.16 Trudy Ruth Netherlands NED 25 May 50
4 53.38 Tekla Chemabwai Kenya KEN 3 Jul 50
5 54.43 Debra Armstrong United States USA 9 Nov 54
6 54.46 Maria Sykora Austria AUT 11 Oct 46
7 55.33 Josefa Vicent Uruguay URU 7 May 50
400 m Women Heat 4 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.69 Nicole Duclos France FRA 15 Aug 47
2 52.75 Györgyi Balogh Hungary HUN 1 May 48
3 53.20 Nadezhda Ilyina Soviet Union URS 24 Jan 49
4 53.70 Karin Lundgren Sweden SWE 19 May 44
5 54.20 Bozena Zientarska Poland POL 14 Nov 52
6 55.72 Ruth Simpson Jamaica JAM 19 Oct 49
7 57.91 Aida Mantawel Philippines PHI 27 May 50
400 m Women Heat 5 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.38 Yvonne Saunders Jamaica JAM 9 Jan 51
2 52.79 Helga Seidler East Germany GDR 5 Aug 49
3 53.41 Colette Besson France FRA 7 Apr 46
4 53.48 Allison Ross-Edwards Australia AUS 17 Oct 52
5 53.98 Donata Sandrini Italy ITA 4 Mar 44
6 54.83 Irén Orosz Hungary HUN 29 Mar 51
7 65.18 Arda Kalpakian Lebanon LIB 11 Apr 44
400 m Women Heat 6 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.89 Christel Frese West Germany FRG 3 Aug 44
2 52.99 Dagmar Käsling East Germany GDR 15 Feb 47
3 53.25 Aurelia Pentón Cuba CUB 18 Feb 43
4 53.62 Olga Syrovatskaya Soviet Union URS 1 Oct 52
5 54.13 Janet Simpson Great Britain GBR 2 Sep 44
6 54.59 Joyce Yakubowich Canada CAN 29 May 53
7 56.33 Elsy Rivas Colombia COL 7 May 49
8 57.74 Kamaljit Sandhu India IND 20 Aug 48
400 m Women Heat 7 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.80 Carmen Trustee Cuba CUB 16 Jul 48
2 52.82 Penelope Hunt New Zealand NZL 18 Jan 48
3 53.08 Danuta Piecyk Poland POL 27 Sep 50
4 53.31 Verona Elder Great Britain GBR 5 Apr 53
5 53.92 Anette Rückes West Germany FRG 19 Dec 51
6 54.65 Verena Leiser Switzerland SUI 23 Sep 45
7 57.71 Grace Muneene Zambia ZAM 12 Oct 54
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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