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1,500 metres, Women

Date4 – 9 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants36 from 21 countries

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.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1335Lyudmila BraginaURS4:06.47 (1 h1)4:05.07 (1 h2)4:01.38 (1)GoldWR
2132Gunhild HoffmeisterGDR4:12.80 (2 h4)4:07.94 (3 h1)4:02.83 (2)Silver
3218Paola CacchiITA4:09.53 (1 h2)4:07.83 (2 h1)4:02.85 (3)Bronze
4124Karin BurneleitGDR4:10.83 (2 h3)4:05.78 (2 h2)4:04.11 (4)
596Sheila CareyGBR4:13.01 (3 h4)4:07.41 (4 h2)4:04.81 (5)
6189Ilja Keizer-LamanNED4:08.00 (3 h1)4:08.25 (4 h1)4:05.13 (6)
7355Tamara PangelovaURS4:10.75 (1 h3)4:07.66 (1 h1)4:06.45 (7)
87Jenny OrrAUS4:08.06 (4 h1)4:08.86 (6 h2)4:12.15 (8)
9188Berny Boxem-LenferinkNED4:13.83 (3 h2)4:08.81 (5 h2)4:13.10 (9)
5 h1 r2/330Vasilena AmzinaBUL4:12.85 (2 h2)4:09.12 (5 h1)
6 h1 r2/3115Joyce SmithGBR4:11.27 (4 h3)4:09.37 (6 h1)
7 h1 r2/354Glenda ReiserCAN4:06.71 (2 h1)4:09.51 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3256Wenche SørumNOR4:14.10 (4 h4)4:09.70 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3384Francie KrakerUSA4:14.73 (4 h2)4:12.76 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3385Francie LarrieuUSA4:11.18 (3 h3)4:15.26 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/3313Inger KnutssonSWE4:11.32 (5 h3)4:14.97 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/3326Jaroslava JehličkováTCH4:08.39 (5 h1)4:18.16 (9 h2)
1 h4 r1/3178Ellen TittelFRG4:12.12 (1 h4)4:06.65 (3 h2)– (DNS)
5 h2 r1/357Thelma WrightCAN4:15.43 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/338Tonka PetrovaBUL4:14.95 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/3167Christa MertenFRG4:12.60 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3254Grete AndersenNOR4:16.00 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3208Mary TraceyIRL4:16.43 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3318Anne-Marie NenzellSWE4:16.67 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/394Joan AllisonGBR4:14.89 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3199Sára Szenteleki-LigetkutiHUN4:16.08 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/382Sinikka TyyneläFIN4:21.40 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3306Margrit HessSUI4:19.67 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/3309Marijke MoserSUI4:24.94 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3171Gerda RanzFRG4:18.60 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/3243Emesia ChizungaMAW4:41.47 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/3346Tamara KazachkovaURS4:20.15 (8 h4)
9 h1 r1/3288Lee Chiu-HsiaTPE4:37.15 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/3404Vera NikolićYUG4:23.36 (9 h2)
9 h4 r1/3236Chereno MaiyoKEN4:20.9 (9 h4)
AC h3 r1/3198Magdolna KulcsárHUN– (DNF h3)
DNS238Arda KalpakianLBN– (DNS h2)
DNS366Doris BrownUSA– (DNS h4)

Round One (4 September 1972 — 15:45)

Top four in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1335Lyudmila BraginaURS4:06.47QWR
254Glenda ReiserCAN4:06.71Q
3189Ilja Keizer-LamanNED4:08.00Q
47Jenny OrrAUS4:08.06Q
5326Jaroslava JehličkováTCH4:08.39q
6167Christa MertenFRG4:12.60
794Joan AllisonGBR4:14.89
8309Marijke MoserSUI4:24.94
9288Lee Chiu-HsiaTPE4:37.15

Splits

400 m1:03.1
800 m2:09.6
1000 m2:43.6
1200 m3:16.9

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1218Paola CacchiITA4:09.53Q
230Vasilena AmzinaBUL4:12.85Q
3188Berny Boxem-LenferinkNED4:13.83Q
4384Francie KrakerUSA4:14.73Q
557Thelma WrightCAN4:15.43
6254Grete AndersenNOR4:16.00
7199Sára Szenteleki-LigetkutiHUN4:16.08
8171Gerda RanzFRG4:18.60
9404Vera NikolićYUG4:23.36
DNS238Arda KalpakianLBN

Splits

400 m1:06.4
800 m2:15.6

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1355Tamara PangelovaURS4:10.75Q
2124Karin BurneleitGDR4:10.83Q
3385Francie LarrieuUSA4:11.18Q
4115Joyce SmithGBR4:11.27Q
5313Inger KnutssonSWE4:11.32q
6208Mary TraceyIRL4:16.43
782Sinikka TyyneläFIN4:21.40
8243Emesia ChizungaMAW4:41.47
DNF198Magdolna KulcsárHUN

Splits

400 m1:06.0
800 m2:14.7

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1178Ellen TittelFRG4:12.12Q
2132Gunhild HoffmeisterGDR4:12.80Q
396Sheila CareyGBR4:13.01Q
4256Wenche SørumNOR4:14.10Q
538Tonka PetrovaBUL4:14.95
6318Anne-Marie NenzellSWE4:16.67
7306Margrit HessSUI4:19.67
8346Tamara KazachkovaURS4:20.15
9236Chereno MaiyoKEN4:20.9
DNS366Doris BrownUSA

Splits

400 m1:05.4
800 m2:15.7

Semi-Finals (7 September 1972 — 15:40)

Top four in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1355Tamara PangelovaURS4:07.66Q
2218Paola CacchiITA4:07.83Q
3132Gunhild HoffmeisterGDR4:07.94Q
4189Ilja Keizer-LamanNED4:08.25Q
530Vasilena AmzinaBUL4:09.12
6115Joyce SmithGBR4:09.37
754Glenda ReiserCAN4:09.51
8384Francie KrakerUSA4:12.76
9313Inger KnutssonSWE4:14.97

Splits

400 m1:07.4
800 m2:17.4

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1335Lyudmila BraginaURS4:05.07QWR
2124Karin BurneleitGDR4:05.78Q
3178Ellen TittelFRG4:06.65Q
496Sheila CareyGBR4:07.41Q
5188Berny Boxem-LenferinkNED4:08.81q
67Jenny OrrAUS4:08.86q
7256Wenche SørumNOR4:09.70
8385Francie LarrieuUSA4:15.26
9326Jaroslava JehličkováTCH4:18.16

Splits

400 m1:03.1
800 m2:09.1
1200 m3:16.6

Final (9 September 1972 — 15:35)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1335Lyudmila BraginaURS4:01.38WR
2132Gunhild HoffmeisterGDR4:02.83
3218Paola CacchiITA4:02.85
4124Karin BurneleitGDR4:04.11
596Sheila CareyGBR4:04.81
6189Ilja Keizer-LamanNED4:05.13
7355Tamara PangelovaURS4:06.45
87Jenny OrrAUS4:12.15
9188Berny Boxem-LenferinkNED4:13.10
DNS178Ellen TittelFRG

Splits

400 m1:02.5
800 m2:10.0
1000 m2:42.5
1200 m3:14.6