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4 x 400 metres Relay, Women

Date9 – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants56 from 14 countries

This was the first time that women ran a 4x400 relay at the Olympics. The East Germans were the world record holders, having set the mark in 1971 and breaking it earlier in 1972. In the first round, the GDR again broke the world record, posting 3:28.8. In the final they broke that record by over five seconds, posting 3:22.95 to win by over 20 metres from the United States, with West Germany winning the bronze medal.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1East GermanyGDR3:28.48 (1 h2)3:22.95 (1)GoldWR
133Dagmar Käsling
136Rita Kühne
146Helga Seidler
153Monika Zehrt
125Waltraud Dietsch (DNS)
144Brigitte Rohde (DNS)
2United StatesUSA3:28.63 (2 h2)3:25.15 (2)Silver
372Mable Fergerson
386Madeline Manning
395Cheryl Toussaint
380Kathy Hammond
371Debra Edwards (DNS)
373Willie Fergerson (DNS)
3West GermanyFRG3:29.32 (1 h1)3:26.51 (3)Bronze
174Anette Rückes
156Inge Bödding
159Hildegard Falck
181Rita Wilden
160Christel Frese (DNS)
179Erika Weinstein (DNS)
4FranceFRA3:30.02 (2 h1)3:27.52 (4)
90Martine Duvivier
86Colette Besson
92Bernadette Martin
89Nicole Duclos
85Ghislaine Barnay (DNS)
91Éliane Jacq (DNS)
5Great BritainGBR3:30.05 (4 h2)3:28.74 (5)
95Verona Bernard
114Janet Simpson
112Janette Roscoe
116Rosemary Stirling
100Pat Lowe-Cropper (DNS)
117Maureen Tranter (DNS)
6AustraliaAUS3:29.99 (3 h2)3:28.84 (6)
11Allison Ross-Edwards
2Raelene Boyle
8Cheryl Peasley
10Charlene Rendina
7Jenny Orr (DNS)
9Judy Amoore-Pollock (DNS)
7FinlandFIN3:30.84 (4 h1)3:29.44 (7)
77Marika Eklund
83Pirjo Wilmi
78Tuula Rautanen
81Mona-Lisa Strandvall
79Seija Rönn (DNS)
80Riitta Salin (DNS)
8Soviet UnionURS3:30.23 (3 h1)3:31.89 (8)
356Lyubov Runtso
360Olga Syrovatskaya
338Nataliya Pechonkina-Chistyakova
347Nadezhda Kolesnikova
337Valentina Chichayeva (DNS)
358Nijolė Sabaitė (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2CubaCUB3:32.44 (5 h1)
63Asunción Acosta
65Marcela Chibás
72Beatriz Castillo
69Aurelia Pentón
72Carmen Trustée (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2JamaicaJAM3:31.89 (5 h2)
231Ruth Williams
226Una Morris
220Rosie Allwood
229Yvonne Saunders
230Marilyn Neufville (DNS)
231Yvonne White (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2SwedenSWE3:32.62 (6 h1)
317Lotta Malmström
321Elisabeth Randerz
314Ann Larsson
316Karin Lundgren
315Margareta Larsson (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2AustriaAUT3:42.19 (6 h2)
14Christiane Casapicola
21Maria Sykora
19Gerlinde Massing
17Karoline Käfer
18Helga Kapfer (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2BarbadosBAR3:44.45 (7 h1)
24Lorna Forde
23Barbara Bishop
27Marcia Trotman
25Heather Gooding
26Freida Nicholls-Davy (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2PolandPOL– (AC h2)
286Bożena Zientarska
272Krystyna Kacperczyk
283Elżbieta Skowrońska
281Danuta Piecyk
280Danuta Pańkowska (DNS)
285Irena Szewińska (DNS)

Round One (9 September 1972 — 15:10)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
13West GermanyFRG3:29.32QOR
Anette Rückes53.153.1 (1)
Inge Bödding52.91:46.0 (2)
Hildegard Falck51.52:37.5 (1)
Rita Wilden51.83:29.3 (1)
26FranceFRA3:30.02Q
Martine Duvivier53.553.5 (=3)
Colette Besson51.91:45.4 (1)
Bernadette Martin53.32:38.7 (3)
Nicole Duclos51.33:30.0 (2)
35Soviet UnionURS3:30.23Q
Lyubov Runtso53.553.5 (=3)
Olga Syrovatskaya52.61:46.1 (3)
Nataliya Pechonkina-Chistyakova53.02:39.1 (4)
Nadezhda Kolesnikova51.13:30.2 (3)
42FinlandFIN3:30.84Q
Mona-Lisa Strandvall55.255.2 (6)
Pirjo Wilmi53.01:48.2 (6)
Tuula Rautanen50.12:38.3 (2)
Marika Eklund52.53:30.8 (4)
57CubaCUB3:32.44
Asunción Acosta53.353.3 (2)
Marcela Chibás53.91:47.2 (4)
Beatriz Castillo53.52:40.7 (5)
Aurelia Pentón51.73:32.4 (5)
64SwedenSWE3:32.62
Lotta Malmström53.853.8 (5)
Elisabeth Randerz54.21:48.0 (5)
Ann Larsson53.02:41.0 (6)
Karin Lundgren51.63:32.6 (6)
71BarbadosBAR3:44.45
Lorna Forde57.457.4 (7)
Barbara Bishop55.61:53.0 (7)
Marcia Trotman54.22:47.2 (7)
Heather Gooding57.33:44.5 (7)

Heat Two

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
15East GermanyGDR3:28.48QWR
Dagmar Käsling52.552.5 (3)
Rita Kühne50.61:43.1 (1)
Helga Seidler51.12:34.2 (1)
Monika Zehrt54.33:28.5 (1)
23United StatesUSA3:28.63Q
Mable Fergerson51.751.7 (=1)
Madeline Manning52.41:44.1 (2)
Cheryl Toussaint53.22:37.3 (2)
Kathy Hammond51.33:28.6 (2)
31AustraliaAUS3:29.99Q
Allison Ross-Edwards53.253.2 (4)
Raelene Boyle55.01:48.2 (4)
Cheryl Peasley50.02:38.2 (4)
Charlene Rendina51.83:30.0 (3)
47Great BritainGBR3:30.05Q
Janet Simpson51.751.7 (=1)
Verona Bernard54.11:45.8 (3)
Janette Roscoe52.02:37.8 (3)
Rosemary Stirling52.33:30.1 (4)
54JamaicaJAM3:31.89
Ruth Williams53.753.7 (5)
Una Morris54.81:48.5 (5)
Rosie Allwood51.82:40.3 (5)
Yvonne Saunders51.63:31.9 (5)
62AustriaAUT3:42.19
Christiane Casapicola54.154.1 (6)
Maria Sykora55.21:49.3 (6)
Gerlinde Massing53.52:42.8 (6)
Karoline Käfer59.43:42.2 (6)
AC6PolandPOLDNF
Bożena Zientarska– (–)
Krystyna Kacperczyk– (–)
Elżbieta Skowrońska– (–)
Danuta Piecyk– (–)

Final (10 September 1972 — 16:25)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
14East GermanyGDR3:22.95WR
Dagmar Käsling52.252.2 (2)
Rita Kühne50.01:42.2 (1)
Helga Seidler51.02:33.2 (1)
Monika Zehrt49.83:23.0 (1)
25United StatesUSA3:25.15
Mable Fergerson51.851.8 (1)
Madeline Manning51.91:43.7 (2)
Cheryl Toussaint52.32:36.0 (3)
Kathy Hammond49.23:25.2 (2)
33West GermanyFRG3:26.51
Anette Rückes53.153.1 (=4)
Inge Bödding51.61:44.7 (4)
Hildegard Falck51.22:35.9 (2)
Rita Wilden50.63:26.5 (3)
42FranceFRA3:27.52
Martine Duvivier53.053.0 (3)
Colette Besson52.11:45.1 (=5)
Bernadette Martin51.82:36.9 (=4)
Nicole Duclos50.63:27.5 (4)
56Great BritainGBR3:28.74
Verona Bernard53.153.1 (=4)
Janet Simpson52.01:45.1 (=5)
Janette Roscoe51.82:36.9 (=4)
Rosemary Stirling51.83:28.7 (5)
61AustraliaAUS3:28.84
Allison Ross-Edwards53.453.4 (7)
Raelene Boyle50.81:44.2 (3)
Cheryl Peasley53.92:38.1 (6)
Charlene Rendina50.73:28.8 (6)
78FinlandFIN3:29.44
Marika Eklund53.353.3 (6)
Pirjo Wilmi52.41:45.7 (7)
Tuula Rautanen52.62:38.3 (7)
Mona-Lisa Strandvall51.13:29.4 (7)
87Soviet UnionURS3:31.89
Lyubov Runtso54.054.0 (8)
Olga Syrovatskaya53.21:47.2 (8)
Nataliya Pechonkina-Chistyakova52.62:39.8 (8)
Nadezhda Kolesnikova52.13:31.9 (8)