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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
Dagmar KäslingRita KühneHelga SeidlerMonika ZehrtWaltraud Dietsch (DNS)Brigitte Rohde (DNS)
2United StatesUSA3:28.63 (2 h2)3:25.15 (2)Silver
Mable FergersonMadeline ManningCheryl ToussaintKathy HammondDebra Edwards (DNS)Willie Fergerson (DNS)
3West GermanyFRG3:29.32 (1 h1)3:26.51 (3)Bronze
Anette RückesInge BöddingHildegard FalckRita WildenChristel Frese (DNS)Erika Weinstein (DNS)
4FranceFRA3:30.02 (2 h1)3:27.52 (4)
Martine DuvivierColette BessonBernadette MartinNicole DuclosGhislaine Barnay (DNS)Éliane Jacq (DNS)
5Great BritainGBR3:30.05 (4 h2)3:28.74 (5)
Verona BernardJanet SimpsonJanette RoscoeRosemary StirlingPat Lowe-Cropper (DNS)Maureen Tranter (DNS)
6AustraliaAUS3:29.99 (3 h2)3:28.84 (6)
Allison Ross-EdwardsRaelene BoyleCheryl PeasleyCharlene RendinaJenny Orr (DNS)Judy Amoore-Pollock (DNS)
7FinlandFIN3:30.84 (4 h1)3:29.44 (7)
Marika EklundPirjo WilmiTuula RautanenMona-Lisa StrandvallSeija Rönn (DNS)Riitta Salin (DNS)
8Soviet UnionURS3:30.23 (3 h1)3:31.89 (8)
Lyubov RuntsoOlga SyrovatskayaNataliya Pechonkina-ChistyakovaNadezhda KolesnikovaValentina Chichayeva (DNS)Nijolė Sabaitė (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2CubaCUB3:32.44 (5 h1)
Asunción AcostaMarcela ChibásBeatriz Castillo 1Aurelia PentónCarmen Trustée (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2JamaicaJAM3:31.89 (5 h2)
Ruth WilliamsUna MorrisRosie AllwoodYvonne SaundersMarilyn Neufville (DNS)Yvonne White (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2SwedenSWE3:32.62 (6 h1)
Lotta MalmströmElisabeth RanderzAnn LarssonKarin LundgrenMargareta Larsson (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2AustriaAUT3:42.19 (6 h2)
Christiane CasapicolaMaria SykoraGerlinde MassingKaroline KäferHelga Kapfer (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2BarbadosBAR3:44.45 (7 h1)
Lorna FordeBarbara BishopMarcia TrotmanHeather GoodingFreida Nicholls-Davy (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2PolandPOL– (AC h2)
Bożena ZientarskaKrystyna KacperczykElżbieta SkowrońskaDanuta PiecykDanuta Pańkowska (DNS)Irena Szewińska (DNS)

Round One (9 September 1972 — 15:10)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)
1West GermanyFRG3:29.32QOR
174Anette Rückes53.153.1 (1)
156Inge Bödding52.91:46.0 (2)
159Hildegard Falck51.52:37.5 (1)
181Rita Wilden51.83:29.3 (1)
2FranceFRA3:30.02Q
90Martine Duvivier53.553.5 (=3)
86Colette Besson51.91:45.4 (1)
92Bernadette Martin53.32:38.7 (3)
89Nicole Duclos51.33:30.0 (2)
3Soviet UnionURS3:30.23Q
356Lyubov Runtso53.553.5 (=3)
360Olga Syrovatskaya52.61:46.1 (3)
338Nataliya Pechonkina-Chistyakova53.02:39.1 (4)
347Nadezhda Kolesnikova51.13:30.2 (3)
4FinlandFIN3:30.84Q
81Mona-Lisa Strandvall55.255.2 (6)
83Pirjo Wilmi53.01:48.2 (6)
78Tuula Rautanen50.12:38.3 (2)
77Marika Eklund52.53:30.8 (4)
5CubaCUB3:32.44
63Asunción Acosta53.353.3 (2)
65Marcela Chibás53.91:47.2 (4)
72Beatriz Castillo53.52:40.7 (5)
69Aurelia Pentón51.73:32.4 (5)
6SwedenSWE3:32.62
317Lotta Malmström53.853.8 (5)
321Elisabeth Randerz54.21:48.0 (5)
314Ann Larsson53.02:41.0 (6)
316Karin Lundgren51.63:32.6 (6)
7BarbadosBAR3:44.45
24Lorna Forde57.457.4 (7)
23Barbara Bishop55.61:53.0 (7)
27Marcia Trotman54.22:47.2 (7)
25Heather Gooding57.33:44.5 (7)

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)
1East GermanyGDR3:28.48QWR
133Dagmar Käsling52.552.5 (3)
136Rita Kühne50.61:43.1 (1)
146Helga Seidler51.12:34.2 (1)
153Monika Zehrt54.33:28.5 (1)
2United StatesUSA3:28.63Q
372Mable Fergerson51.751.7 (=1)
386Madeline Manning52.41:44.1 (2)
395Cheryl Toussaint53.22:37.3 (2)
380Kathy Hammond51.33:28.6 (2)
3AustraliaAUS3:29.99Q
11Allison Ross-Edwards53.253.2 (4)
2Raelene Boyle55.01:48.2 (4)
8Cheryl Peasley50.02:38.2 (4)
10Charlene Rendina51.83:30.0 (3)
4Great BritainGBR3:30.05Q
114Janet Simpson51.751.7 (=1)
95Verona Bernard54.11:45.8 (3)
112Janette Roscoe52.02:37.8 (3)
116Rosemary Stirling52.33:30.1 (4)
5JamaicaJAM3:31.89
231Ruth Williams53.753.7 (5)
226Una Morris54.81:48.5 (5)
220Rosie Allwood51.82:40.3 (5)
229Yvonne Saunders51.63:31.9 (5)
6AustriaAUT3:42.19
14Christiane Casapicola54.154.1 (6)
21Maria Sykora55.21:49.3 (6)
19Gerlinde Massing53.52:42.8 (6)
17Karoline Käfer59.43:42.2 (6)
ACPolandPOLDNF
286Bożena Zientarska– (–)
272Krystyna Kacperczyk– (–)
283Elżbieta Skowrońska– (–)
281Danuta Piecyk– (–)

Final (10 September 1972 — 16:25)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)
1East GermanyGDR3:22.95WR
133Dagmar Käsling52.252.2 (2)
136Rita Kühne50.01:42.2 (1)
146Helga Seidler51.02:33.2 (1)
153Monika Zehrt49.83:23.0 (1)
2United StatesUSA3:25.15
372Mable Fergerson51.851.8 (1)
386Madeline Manning51.91:43.7 (2)
395Cheryl Toussaint52.32:36.0 (3)
380Kathy Hammond49.23:25.2 (2)
3West GermanyFRG3:26.51
174Anette Rückes53.153.1 (=4)
156Inge Bödding51.61:44.7 (4)
159Hildegard Falck51.22:35.9 (2)
181Rita Wilden50.63:26.5 (3)
4FranceFRA3:27.52
90Martine Duvivier53.053.0 (3)
86Colette Besson52.11:45.1 (=5)
92Bernadette Martin51.82:36.9 (=4)
89Nicole Duclos50.63:27.5 (4)
5Great BritainGBR3:28.74
95Verona Bernard53.153.1 (=4)
114Janet Simpson52.01:45.1 (=5)
112Janette Roscoe51.82:36.9 (=4)
116Rosemary Stirling51.83:28.7 (5)
6AustraliaAUS3:28.84
11Allison Ross-Edwards53.453.4 (7)
2Raelene Boyle50.81:44.2 (3)
8Cheryl Peasley53.92:38.1 (6)
10Charlene Rendina50.73:28.8 (6)
7FinlandFIN3:29.44
77Marika Eklund53.353.3 (6)
83Pirjo Wilmi52.41:45.7 (7)
78Tuula Rautanen52.62:38.3 (7)
81Mona-Lisa Strandvall51.13:29.4 (7)
8Soviet UnionURS3:31.89
356Lyubov Runtso54.054.0 (8)
360Olga Syrovatskaya53.21:47.2 (8)
338Nataliya Pechonkina-Chistyakova52.62:39.8 (8)
347Nadezhda Kolesnikova52.13:31.9 (8)