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400 metres, Women

Date2 – 7 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants49 from 29 countries
Olympic Record 52.0 / Colette Besson FRA / 16 October 1968
52.0 / Betty Cuthbert AUS / 17 October 1964

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.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1153Monika ZehrtGDR52.49 (1 h3)52.33 (2 h2)51.47 (1 h2)51.08 (1)GoldOR
2181Rita WildenFRG51.97 (2 h1)51.91 (2 h3)51.76 (2 h2)51.21 (2)Silver
3380Kathy HammondUSA53.45 (1 h2)52.44 (4 h3)51.92 (4 h1)51.64 (3)Bronze
4146Helga SeidlerGDR52.79 (2 h5)51.97 (2 h1)51.68 (1 h1)51.86 (4)
5372Mable FergersonUSA52.05 (3 h1)52.93 (3 h4)51.91 (4 h2)51.96 (5)
610Charlene RendinaAUS51.94 (1 h1)51.96 (1 h1)51.90 (3 h2)51.99 (6)
7133Dagmar KäslingGDR52.99 (2 h6)52.33 (1 h4)51.73 (2 h1)52.19 (7)
8192Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN52.75 (2 h4)51.71 (1 h3)51.90 (3 h1)52.39 (8)
5 h1 r3/469Aurelia PentónCUB53.25 (3 h6)52.02 (3 h3)52.15 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4229Yvonne SaundersJAM52.38 (1 h5)52.13 (1 h2)51.93 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/481Mona-Lisa StrandvallFIN52.85 (2 h3)52.53 (2 h4)52.23 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/489Nicole DuclosFRA52.69 (1 h4)52.96 (4 h4)52.18 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4332Judith AyaaUGA52.85 (4 h1)52.68 (3 h2)52.91 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4347Nadezhda KolesnikovaURS53.20 (3 h4)52.30 (3 h1)52.29 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/4190Trudy RuthNED53.16 (3 h3)52.45 (4 h1)53.02 (8 h2)
AC h1 r3/4160Christel FreseFRG52.89 (1 h6)53.01 (4 h2)– (AC h1)
5 h1 r2/417Karoline KäferAUT53.60 (5 h1)52.82 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/486Colette BessonFRA53.41 (3 h5)53.39 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4281Danuta PiecykPOL53.08 (3 h7)52.62 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/495Verona BernardGBR53.31 (4 h7)53.29 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4112Janette RoscoeGBR53.67 (2 h2)53.01 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/477Marika EklundFIN53.81 (3 h2)53.50 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4258Penny HuntNZL52.82 (2 h7)52.66 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/411Allison Ross-EdwardsAUS53.48 (4 h5)53.60 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4174Anette RückesFRG53.92 (5 h7)53.22 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4235Tekla ChemabwaiKEN53.38 (4 h3)53.54 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4360Olga SyrovatskayaURS53.62 (4 h6)53.42 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4316Karin LundgrenSWE53.70 (4 h4)53.87 (7 h4)
8 h2 r2/4338Nataliya Pechonkina-ChistyakovaURS53.81 (4 h2)54.58 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/4213Donata GovoniITA53.98 (5 h5)53.78 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4272Krystyna KacperczykPOL53.85 (5 h2)54.39 (8 h4)
1 h7 r1/472Carmen TrustéeCUB52.80 (1 h7)– (DNS h1)
5 h3 r1/4371Debra EdwardsUSA54.43 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4286Bożena ZientarskaPOL54.20 (5 h4)
5 h6 r1/4114Janet SimpsonGBR54.13 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/463Asunción AcostaCUB54.52 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4239Junaidah AmanMAS57.36 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/421Maria SykoraAUT54.46 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4231Ruth WilliamsJAM55.72 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4200Irén Orosz-ÁrvaHUN54.83 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/455Joyce SadowickCAN54.59 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4308Vreni LeiserSUI54.65 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/423Barbara BishopBAR56.35 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/4364Josefa VicentURU55.33 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4264Aida MantawelPHI57.91 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/4238Arda KalpakianLBN1:05.18 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/461Elsy RivasCOL56.33 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4408Grace MuneeneZAM57.71 (7 h7)
8 h6 r1/4206Kamaljit SandhuIND57.74 (8 h6)
DNS14Christiane CasapicolaAUT– (DNS h2)

Round One (2 September 1972 — 15:30)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Charlene RendinaAUS51.94QOR
24Rita WildenFRG51.97Q
31Mable FergersonUSA52.05Q
42Judith AyaaUGA52.85Q
53Karoline KäferAUT53.60q
65Asunción AcostaCUB54.52
76Barbara BishopBAR56.35

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Kathy HammondUSA53.45Q
27Janette RoscoeGBR53.67Q
33Marika EklundFIN53.81Q
42Nataliya Pechonkina-ChistyakovaURS53.81Q
54Krystyna KacperczykPOL53.85q
65Junaidah AmanMAS57.36
DNS6Christiane CasapicolaAUT

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Monika ZehrtGDR52.49Q
25Mona-Lisa StrandvallFIN52.85Q
32Trudy RuthNED53.16Q
44Tekla ChemabwaiKEN53.38Q
51Debra EdwardsUSA54.43
67Maria SykoraAUT54.46
76Josefa VicentURU55.33

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Nicole DuclosFRA52.69Q
27Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN52.75Q
32Nadezhda KolesnikovaURS53.20Q
45Karin LundgrenSWE53.70Q
53Bożena ZientarskaPOL54.20
66Ruth WilliamsJAM55.72
71Aida MantawelPHI57.91

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Yvonne SaundersJAM52.38Q
26Helga SeidlerGDR52.79Q
35Colette BessonFRA53.41Q
44Allison Ross-EdwardsAUS53.48Q
52Donata GovoniITA53.98q
63Irén Orosz-ÁrvaHUN54.83
77Arda KalpakianLBN1:05.18

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Christel FreseFRG52.89Q
26Dagmar KäslingGDR52.99Q
32Aurelia PentónCUB53.25Q
47Olga SyrovatskayaURS53.62Q
58Janet SimpsonGBR54.13
63Joyce SadowickCAN54.59
71Elsy RivasCOL56.33
84Kamaljit SandhuIND57.74

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Carmen TrustéeCUB52.80Q
25Penny HuntNZL52.82Q
36Danuta PiecykPOL53.08Q
44Verona BernardGBR53.31Q
53Anette RückesFRG53.92q
61Vreni LeiserSUI54.65
72Grace MuneeneZAM57.71

Quarter-Finals (3 September 1972 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Charlene RendinaAUS51.96Q
23Helga SeidlerGDR51.97Q
31Nadezhda KolesnikovaURS52.30Q
48Trudy RuthNED52.45Q
56Karoline KäferAUT52.82
67Janette RoscoeGBR53.01
72Anette RückesFRG53.22
DNS4Carmen TrustéeCUB

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Yvonne SaundersJAM52.13Q
22Monika ZehrtGDR52.33Q
37Judith AyaaUGA52.68Q
41Christel FreseFRG53.01Q
53Colette BessonFRA53.39
66Marika EklundFIN53.50
75Tekla ChemabwaiKEN53.54
84Nataliya Pechonkina-ChistyakovaURS54.58

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN51.71QOR
28Rita WildenFRG51.91Q
36Aurelia PentónCUB52.02Q
45Kathy HammondUSA52.44Q
54Danuta PiecykPOL52.62
61Penny HuntNZL52.66
77Olga SyrovatskayaURS53.42
83Donata GovoniITA53.78

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Dagmar KäslingGDR52.33Q
23Mona-Lisa StrandvallFIN52.53Q
37Mable FergersonUSA52.93Q
48Nicole DuclosFRA52.96Q
52Verona BernardGBR53.29
65Allison Ross-EdwardsAUS53.60
76Karin LundgrenSWE53.87
84Krystyna KacperczykPOL54.39

Semi-Finals (4 September 1972 — 17:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Helga SeidlerGDR51.68QOR
28Dagmar KäslingGDR51.73Q
35Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN51.90Q
41Kathy HammondUSA51.92Q
56Aurelia PentónCUB52.15
67Mona-Lisa StrandvallFIN52.23
72Judith AyaaUGA52.91
AC3Christel FreseFRGDNF

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Monika ZehrtGDR51.47QOR
23Rita WildenFRG51.76Q
38Charlene RendinaAUS51.90Q
46Mable FergersonUSA51.91Q
52Yvonne SaundersJAM51.93
64Nicole DuclosFRA52.18
77Nadezhda KolesnikovaURS52.29
81Trudy RuthNED53.02

Final (7 September 1972 — 18:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Monika ZehrtGDR51.08OR
24Rita WildenFRG51.21
35Kathy HammondUSA51.64
46Helga SeidlerGDR51.86
53Mable FergersonUSA51.96
68Charlene RendinaAUS51.99
71Dagmar KäslingGDR52.19
82Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN52.39