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100 metres Hurdles, Women

Date4 – 8 September 1972
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants25 from 15 countries

Had the Olympics been in 1970, the favorite would likely have been Taiwan’s Cheng Chi, 1968 bronze medalist, who set numerous records in that year in the hurdles and 100 yards/metres. But the Olympics were in 1972 and Chi was injured frequently after her wonder year, and she did not compete in München. Pam Kilborn and Karin Balzer were back again and would make their third consecutive final in this event. Balzer had recently won the 1971 Europeans and Kilborn the 1970 Commonwealth Games, defeating 1968 champion Maureen Caird in the process. Caird competed in München but did not get out of round one. The final was won very easily by the GDR’s Annelie Ehrhardt, who had been runner-up to Balzer at the 1971 Europeans. She won 2½ metres over Romania’s Valeria Bufanu with Balzer getting the bronze. Ehrhardt’s time of 12.59 was a world record which would not be broken until 1978.

1126Annelie EhrhardtGDR12.70 (1 h1)12.73 (1 h2)12.59 (1)GoldWR
2292Valeria BufanuROU12.94 (1 h2)12.84 (1 h1)12.84 (2)Silver
3122Karin BalzerGDR13.10 (1 h4)12.97 (3 h1)12.90 (3)Bronze
412Pam Kilborn-RyanAUS12.93 (2 h1)12.95 (2 h1)12.98 (4)
5279Teresa NowakPOL13.16 (3 h1)13.10 (4 h1)13.17 (5)
6284Danuta StraszyńskaPOL13.03 (2 h2)12.91 (2 h2)13.18 (6)
7135Annerose KrumpholzGDR13.31 (2 h3)13.24 (3 h2)13.27 (7)
8282Grażyna RabsztynPOL13.29 (1 h3)13.24 (4 h2)13.44 (8)
5 h1 r2/3381Patty JohnsonUSA13.28 (2 h4)13.26 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/384Jacqueline AndréFRA13.33 (3 h4)13.30 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3154Margit BachFRG13.46 (3 h2)13.31 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3177Heidi SchüllerFRG13.50 (4 h4)13.33 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3389Mamie RallinsUSA13.51 (3 h3)13.76 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3388Lacey O'NealUSA13.78 (4 h2)13.89 (7 h2)
AC h1 r2/3304Meta AntenenSUI13.61 (4 h3)– (AC h1)
4 h1 r1/3211Esther ShakhamorovISR13.17 (4 h1)– (DNS h2)
5 h1 r1/3118Judy VernonGBR13.37 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3259Brenda MatthewsNZL13.81 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/33Maureen CairdAUS13.63 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3119Ann WilsonGBR13.53 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/3265Lucila SalaoPHI15.15 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/34Penny GilliesAUS13.82 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3207Margaret MurphyIRL15.89 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3320Gun OlssonSWE14.37 (6 h4)
7 h4 r1/3248Emilia EdetNGR14.67 (7 h4)
DNS111Mary PetersGBR– (DNS h3)
DNS260Edith NoedingPER– (DNS h1)

Round One (4 September 1972 — 10:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Annelie EhrhardtGDR12.70QOR
21Pam Kilborn-RyanAUS12.93Q
35Teresa NowakPOL13.16Q
42Esther ShakhamorovISR13.17Q
56Judy VernonGBR13.37
67Lucila SalaoPHI15.15
DNS4Edith NoedingPER

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Valeria BufanuROU12.94Q
21Danuta StraszyńskaPOL13.03Q
35Margit BachFRG13.46Q
43Lacey O'NealUSA13.78Q
54Brenda MatthewsNZL13.81
66Penny GilliesAUS13.82

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Grażyna RabsztynPOL13.29Q
23Annerose KrumpholzGDR13.31Q
34Mamie RallinsUSA13.51Q
42Meta AntenenSUI13.61Q
56Maureen CairdAUS13.63
65Margaret MurphyIRL15.89
DNS7Mary PetersGBR

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Karin BalzerGDR13.10Q
23Patty JohnsonUSA13.28Q
32Jacqueline AndréFRA13.33Q
46Heidi SchüllerFRG13.50Q
51Ann WilsonGBR13.53
65Gun OlssonSWE14.37
74Emilia EdetNGR14.67

Semi-Finals (7 September 1972 — 17:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Valeria BufanuROU12.84Q
28Pam Kilborn-RyanAUS12.95Q
36Karin BalzerGDR12.97Q
44Teresa NowakPOL13.10Q
55Patty JohnsonUSA13.26
63Margit BachFRG13.31
72Mamie RallinsUSA13.76
AC7Meta AntenenSUIDNF

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Annelie EhrhardtGDR12.73Q
23Danuta StraszyńskaPOL12.91Q
37Annerose KrumpholzGDR13.24Q
48Grażyna RabsztynPOL13.24Q
55Jacqueline AndréFRA13.30
66Heidi SchüllerFRG13.33
71Lacey O'NealUSA13.89
DNS4Esther ShakhamorovISR

Final (8 September 1972 — 16:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Annelie EhrhardtGDR12.59WR
27Valeria BufanuROU12.84
35Karin BalzerGDR12.90
43Pam Kilborn-RyanAUS12.98
51Teresa NowakPOL13.17
68Danuta StraszyńskaPOL13.18
72Annerose KrumpholzGDR13.27
84Grażyna RabsztynPOL13.44