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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Women's High jump

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 1.76 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 3, 1972  
Date Finished: September 4, 1972  
(Competitors: 40; Countries: 22; Finalists: 23)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF    1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
On the day before the Arab terrorists turned the 1972 Olympics into a nightmare, the women’s high jump was like a perfect dream for the host nation. The event had seemed impossible to predict, and was not made easier by 23 athletes qualifying for the final. Fifteen cleared 1.82; seven of these made 1.85, and 1.88 was needed to sort out the medallists. Blagoeva, who would set a world record of 1.94 three weeks later, was first over, swiftly followed by Meyfarth. Gusenbauer, the world record holder, missed first time, but then straddled over. The closest failure by the 1.85 jumpers came from Schmidt. At 1.90, the 1.86 tall Meyfarth sailed over with her version of the “Fosbury flop”. Blagoeva then missed her last attempt at 1.90, but the bar fell only after she was out of the pit. The judges correctly ruled the jump a miss as she had hit the bar, but the crowd erupted in disapproval. Meyfarth then went over 1.92 to the rapturous joy of the crowd, and equalled the world record. Meyfarth (16 years 123 days) became the youngest ever winner of any individual Olympic medal in athletics.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
In 1971, Ilona Gusenbauer of Austria had won the European Championships and also jumped 1.92 (6-3½) later in that year to equal the last world record set by the redoubtable Iolanda Balaş. Gusenbauer was favored. There were 40 high jumpers in München and 23 qualified for the final so the competition seemed endless. Seven jumpers were alive after 1.85 metres (6-0¾), but at 1.88 (6-2) only three cleared – Gusenbauer in her second attempt, but home crowd favorite Ulrike Meyfarth and Yordanka Blagoeva (BUL) had first attempt clearances. At 1.90 (6-2¾), Meyfarth cleared on her second jump and won the gold medal. She went on to better the world record with 1.92 (6-3½). Meyfarth was only 16-years-old in 1972 – actually 16 years, 123 days on the day of her victory, and she remains the youngest winner of an individual medal in track & field athletics. The 1972 high jump competition still had a mixture of straddlers and floppers, with Gusenbauer using the straddle and Meyfarth the flop.
 
 
        Results          
   
High jump Women     Final 4 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 1.92     Ulrike Meyfarth West Germany FRG 4 May 56 WR  
2 1.88     Yordanka Blagoyeva Bulgaria BUL 19 Jan 47    
3 1.88     Ilona Gusenbauer Austria AUT 16 Sep 47    
4 1.85     Barbara Lawton Great Britain GBR 28 Oct 49    
5 1.85     Rita Kirst East Germany GDR 21 Oct 50    
6 1.85     Sara Simeoni Italy ITA 19 Apr 53    
7 1.85     Rosemarie Ackermann East Germany GDR 4 Apr 52    
8 1.82     Debbie Brill Canada CAN 10 Mar 53    
9 1.82     Andrea Bruce Jamaica JAM 10 Jul 55    
10 1.82     Ellen Mundinger West Germany FRG 14 Jan 55    
11 1.82     Audrey Reid Jamaica JAM 25 Mar 52    
12 1.82     Rita Gildemeister East Germany GDR 6 Mar 47    
13 1.82     Grith Nielsen Denmark DEN 5 Jul 53    
14 1.82     Renate Gärtner West Germany FRG 1 Oct 52    
15 1.82     Miroslava Hübnerová Czechoslovakia TCH 22 Jul 50    
16 1.79     Erika Rudolf Hungary HUN 21 Jul 54    
16 1.79     Maria Steenpaal Netherlands NED 20 Jul 54    
18 1.79     Alena Prosková Czechoslovakia TCH 29 Apr 48    
19 1.76     Cornelia Popescu Romania ROU 27 Aug 50    
20 1.76     Snezana Hrepevnik Yugoslavia YUG 11 Nov 48    
21 1.76     Solveig Langkilde Denmark DEN 16 Jan 50    
22 1.76     Milada Karbanová Czechoslovakia TCH 27 Mar 48    
23 1.71     Magdolna Komka Hungary HUN 1 Aug 49    
High jump Women     Qualification 3 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 1.76     Ilona Gusenbauer Austria AUT 16 Sep 47    
1 1.76     Yordanka Blagoyeva Bulgaria BUL 19 Jan 47    
1 1.76     Grith Nielsen Denmark DEN 5 Jul 53    
1 1.76     Rita Kirst East Germany GDR 21 Oct 50    
1 1.76     Rita Gildemeister East Germany GDR 6 Mar 47    
6 1.76     Debbie Brill Canada CAN 10 Mar 53    
6 1.76     Renate Gärtner West Germany FRG 1 Oct 52    
6 1.76     Ellen Mundinger West Germany FRG 14 Jan 55    
6 1.76     Ulrike Meyfarth West Germany FRG 4 May 56    
6 1.76     Rosemarie Ackermann East Germany GDR 4 Apr 52    
6 1.76     Sara Simeoni Italy ITA 19 Apr 53    
6 1.76     Audrey Reid Jamaica JAM 25 Mar 52    
6 1.76     Maria Steenpaal Netherlands NED 20 Jul 54    
6 1.76     Cornelia Popescu Romania ROU 27 Aug 50    
15 1.76     Snezana Hrepevnik Yugoslavia YUG 11 Nov 48    
16 1.76     Solveig Langkilde Denmark DEN 16 Jan 50    
17 1.76     Erika Rudolf Hungary HUN 21 Jul 54    
17 1.76     Andrea Bruce Jamaica JAM 10 Jul 55    
19 1.76     Alena Prosková Czechoslovakia TCH 29 Apr 48    
20 1.76     Miroslava Hübnerová Czechoslovakia TCH 22 Jul 50    
21 1.76     Milada Karbanová Czechoslovakia TCH 27 Mar 48    
22 1.76     Barbara Lawton Great Britain GBR 28 Oct 49    
23 1.76     Magdolna Komka Hungary HUN 1 Aug 49    
24 1.73     Breda Babosek Yugoslavia YUG 16 Jul 51    
25 1.73     Marima Rodríguez Cuba CUB 2 Mar 53    
26 1.73     Antonina Lazareva Soviet Union URS 27 Mar 41    
27 1.73     Rosaline Few Great Britain GBR 20 Jan 55    
28 1.73     Beatrix Rechner Switzerland SUI 10 Jun 51    
29 1.73     Louise Hannah Canada CAN 21 Mar 51    
30 1.70     Penelope Dimmock Great Britain GBR 28 Dec 54    
30 1.70     Deanne Wilson United States USA 30 Apr 55    
32 1.70     Cindy Gilbert United States USA 3 Jun 57    
33 1.65     Michiyo Inaoka Japan JPN 28 Nov 50    
33 1.65     Doris Bisang Switzerland SUI 25 Jan 51    
35 1.65     Mihiko Yama Japan JPN 7 Sep 49    
35 1.65     Roxana Vulescu Romania ROU 31 Oct 54    
37 1.60     Lára Sveinsdottir Iceland ISL 22 Aug 55    
38 1.60     Sandi Goldsberry United States USA 13 Sep 55    
  NH     Nnenna Njoku Nigeria NGR 18 Mar 55    
  NH     Wu Yu-Chih Chinese Taipei TPE 2 Nov 51    
 
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Qualifying

Rank Name Nationality Group Mark 1.60 1.65 1.70 1.73 1.76
1T Ilona Gusenbauer Austria A 1.76 p p o o o
1T Yordanka Blagoeva Bulgaria A 1.76 p p o o o
1T Grith Ejstrup Denmark B 1.76 p p o o o
1T Rita Gildemeister East Germany A 1.76 p p o o o
1T Rita Schmidt East Germany A 1.76 p p o o o
6T Debbie Brill Canada B 1.76 p o o o o
6T Rosemarie Witschas East Germany A 1.76 p o o o o
6T Renate Gärtner West Germany A 1.76 p o o o o
6T Ulrike Meyfarth West Germany A 1.76 p o o o o
6T Ellen Mundinger West Germany A 1.76 p o o o o
6T Sara Simeoni Italy B 1.76 p o o o o
6T Audrey Reid Jamaica A 1.76 p o o o o
6T Ria Ahlers Netherlands A 1.76 p o o o o
6T Cornelia Popescu Romania A 1.76 p o o o o
15 Snežana Hrepevnik Yugoslavia A 1.76 o o xxo xxo o
16 Solveig Langkilde Denmark A 1.76 p p o o xo
17T Erika Rudolf Hungary A 1.76 p o o o xo
17T Andrea Bruce Jamaica B 1.76 p o o o xo
19 Alena Prosková Czechoslovakia A 1.76 o o o o xo
20T Milada Karbanová Czechoslovakia A 1.76 o o xo o xo
20T Miloslava Hübnerová Czechoslovakia A 1.76 o xo o o xo
22 Barbara Inkpen Great Britain A 1.76 o o xxo o xo
23 Magdolna Komka Hungary A 1.76 p o o o xxo
24 Breda Babošek Yugoslavia A 1.73 p o xo o xxx
25 Marima Rodríguez Cuba A 1.73 p p xxo o xxx
26 Antonina Lazaryeva Soviet Union A 1.73 p o o xo xxx
27 Rosaline Few Great Britain B 1.73 o o o xo xxx
28 Beatrixe Rechner Switzerland B 1.73 p xo xo xo xxx
29 Louise Hannah Canada B 1.73 o o o xxo xxx
30T Penelope Dimmock Great Britain B 1.70 o o o xxx
30T Deanne Wilson United States B 1.70 o o o xxx
32 Cindy Gilbert United States B 1.70 xo o xxo xxx
33T Michiyo Inaoka Japan B 1.65 o o xxx
33T Doris Bisang Switzerland B 1.65 o o xxx
35T Mihoko Yama Japan B 1.65 o xo xxx
35T Roxana Vulescu Romania B 1.65 o xo xxx
37 Lára Sveinsdóttir Iceland B 1.60 o xxx
38 Sandi Goldsberry United States B 1.60 xo xxx
Nnenna Njoku Nigeria B NM xxx
Wu Yu-Chih Republic of China B NM xxx
Galina Filatova Soviet Union A DNS
Margit Papp Hungary A DNS
Kari Karlsen Norway B DNS
Maria Luisa Vilca Peru B DNS
Gladys Chaingmei Malaysia B DNS

Final

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1.60 1.66 1.71 1.76 1.79 1.82 1.85 1.88 1.90 1.92 1.94
1st Ulrike Meyfarth West Germany 1.92
WR
p p o o o o o o xo o xxx
2nd Yordanka Blagoeva Bulgaria 1.88 p p o o o o o o xxx
3rd Ilona Gusenbauer Austria 1.88 p p xo xo o o xxo xo xxx
4 Barbara Inkpen Great Britain 1.85 p o o o o o o xxx
5 Rita Schmidt East Germany 1.85 p p o o o o xo xxx
6 Sara Simeoni Italy 1.85 p p o o o xo xo xxx
7 Rosemarie Witschas East Germany 1.85 p o o o o o xxo xxx
8 Debbie Brill Canada 1.82 p p o o o o xxx
9 Andrea Bruce Jamaica 1.82 p o o o o o xxx
10 Ellen Mundinger West Germany 1.82 p p o o xo o xxx
11 Audrey Reid Jamaica 1.82 p p o xo xo o xxx
12T Grith Ejstrup Denmark 1.82 p p o o o xo xxx
12T Rita Gildemeister East Germany 1.82 p p o o o xo xxx
14 Renate Gärtner West Germany 1.82 p p o o o xxo xxx
15 Miloslava Hübnerová Czechoslovakia 1.82 p o o xo o xxo xxx
16T Erika Rudolf Hungary 1.79 p o o o o xxx
16T Ria Ahlers Netherlands 1.79 p o o o o xxx
18 Alena Prosková Czechoslovakia 1.79 p p xo o o xxx
19 Cornelia Popescu Romania 1.76 p o o o xxx
20 Snežana Hrepevnik Yugoslavia 1.76 o o o o xxx
21 Solveig Langkilde Denmark 1.76 p p p xo xxx
22 Milada Karbanová Czechoslovakia 1.76 p o xo xxo xxx
23 Magdolna Komka Hungary 1.71 p p o xxx

Key: WR = world record; o = cleared height; p = passed at height; x = failed jump; NM = no mark; DNS = did not start

 
 
 

 

 

 

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