| Event type

100 metres Backstroke, Women

Date1 – 2 September 1972
LocationSchwimmhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants37 from 21 countries

This event was very wide open, with no clear favorite. The world record holder was South African Karen Muir, who could not compete because her country was banned from the Olympics, because of their apartheid policies. The 1970 European Championship had been won by Soviet Tinatin Lekveishvili, who was not in Munich, with Hungary’s Andrea Gyarmati placing second. Gyarmati had won the 200 back at the 1970 Europeans, and was highly considered for Munich. The early leader in the final was American Melissa Belote who reached the wall first. Off the turn, she continued to apply pressure and won the gold medal over Gyarmati by about half-a-second. Two days later Belote came back to win the 200 backstroke and added a third gold medal in Munich in the medley relay.

1Melissa BeloteUSA1:06.60 (1 h1)1:06.08 (1 h1)1:05.78 (1)Gold
2Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:06.56 (1 h4)1:06.39 (1 h2)1:06.26 (2)Silver
3Susie AtwoodUSA1:08.30 (2 h3)1:06.26 (2 h1)1:06.34 (3)Bronze
4Karen MoeUSA1:07.69 (2 h5)1:06.27 (3 h1)1:06.69 (4)
5Wendy CookCAN1:07.00 (1 h2)1:06.89 (4 h1)1:06.70 (5)
6Enith BrigithaNED1:06.71 (2 h4)1:06.49 (2 h2)1:06.82 (6)
7Christine HerbstGDR1:07.96 (1 h3)1:07.34 (4 h2)1:07.27 (7)
8Silke PielenFRG1:07.70 (3 h5)1:06.98 (3 h2)1:07.36 (8)
9Donna-Marie GurrCAN1:07.45 (1 h5)1:07.37 (5 h2)
10Tina Lek'veishviliURS1:07.84 (2 h1)1:07.61 (5 h1)
11Sue LewisAUS1:08.06 (2 h2)1:07.81 (6 h1)
12Annegret KoberFRG1:08.24 (3 h4)1:08.01 (6 h2)
13Debbie PalmerAUS1:08.68 (3 h2)1:08.29 (7 h2)
14Debra CainAUS1:08.81 (3 h3)1:08.51 (7 h1)
15Angelika KrausFRG1:08.92 (4 h4)1:09.10 (8 h2)
16Marianne VermaatNED1:09.14 (3 h1)1:09.11 (8 h1)
17Susanne NiesnerSUI1:09.16 (4 h1)
=18Sylvie Le NoachFRA1:09.25 (4 h3)
=18Susanne HilgerGDR1:09.25 (5 h4)
20Nataliya YershovaURS1:09.26 (5 h3)
21Annemarie GroenNED1:09.55 (4 h2)
=22Cathy RafteryCAN1:09.72 (5 h5)
=22Zdenka GašparacYUG1:09.72 (4 h5)
24Kazu FujimuraJPN1:09.81 (5 h1)
25Diana OlssonSWE1:09.86 (6 h3)
26Susan HunterNZL1:10.06 (5 h2)
27Jackie BrownGBR1:10.43 (6 h4)
28Kikuyo IshiiJPN1:10.44 (6 h2)
29Christine FulcherIRL1:10.63 (7 h3)
30Diana AshtonGBR1:10.90 (6 h1)
31Ildikó SzekeresHUN1:11.20 (7 h2)
32Diana SutherlandGBR1:12.12 (8 h3)
33Patricia LópezARG1:12.13 (6 h5)
34María Cecilia VargasMEX1:12.91 (7 h5)
35Felicia OspitaletcheURU1:13.99 (8 h2)
36Pat ChanSGP1:14.24 (8 h5)
37Ong Mei LinMAS1:19.39 (7 h4)
DNSSvetlozara IgnatovaBUL– (DNS h1)
DNSMireille BassoulLBN– (DNS h4)

Round One (1 September 1972 — 10:00)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

1Melissa BeloteUSA1:06.60Q
2Tina Lek'veishviliURS1:07.84Q
3Marianne VermaatNED1:09.14Q
4Susanne NiesnerSUI1:09.16
5Kazu FujimuraJPN1:09.81
6Diana AshtonGBR1:10.90
DNSSvetlozara IgnatovaBUL

Heat Two

1Wendy CookCAN1:07.00Q
2Sue LewisAUS1:08.06Q
3Debbie PalmerAUS1:08.68Q
4Annemarie GroenNED1:09.55
5Susan HunterNZL1:10.06
6Kikuyo IshiiJPN1:10.44
7Ildikó SzekeresHUN1:11.20
8Felicia OspitaletcheURU1:13.99

Heat Three

1Christine HerbstGDR1:07.96Q
2Susie AtwoodUSA1:08.30Q
3Debra CainAUS1:08.81Q
4Sylvie Le NoachFRA1:09.25
5Nataliya YershovaURS1:09.26
6Diana OlssonSWE1:09.86
7Christine FulcherIRL1:10.63
8Diana SutherlandGBR1:12.12

Heat Four

1Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:06.56Q
2Enith BrigithaNED1:06.71Q
3Annegret KoberFRG1:08.24Q
4Angelika KrausFRG1:08.92Q
5Susanne HilgerGDR1:09.25
6Jackie BrownGBR1:10.43
7Ong Mei LinMAS1:19.39
DNSMireille BassoulLBN

Heat Five

1Donna-Marie GurrCAN1:07.45Q
2Karen MoeUSA1:07.69Q
3Silke PielenFRG1:07.70Q
4Zdenka GašparacYUG1:09.72
5Cathy RafteryCAN1:09.72
6Patricia LópezARG1:12.13
7María Cecilia VargasMEX1:12.91
8Pat ChanSGP1:14.24

Semi-Finals (1 September 1972 — 18:00)

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

Heat One

1Melissa BeloteUSA1:06.08QOR
2Susie AtwoodUSA1:06.26Q
3Karen MoeUSA1:06.27Q
4Wendy CookCAN1:06.89Q
5Tina Lek'veishviliURS1:07.61
6Sue LewisAUS1:07.81
7Debra CainAUS1:08.51
8Marianne VermaatNED1:09.11

Heat Two

1Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:06.39Q
2Enith BrigithaNED1:06.49Q
3Silke PielenFRG1:06.98Q
4Christine HerbstGDR1:07.34Q
5Donna-Marie GurrCAN1:07.37
6Annegret KoberFRG1:08.01
7Debbie PalmerAUS1:08.29
8Angelika KrausFRG1:09.10

Final (2 September 1972 — 18:50)

14Melissa BeloteUSA1:05.78OR
26Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:06.26
35Susie AtwoodUSA1:06.34
43Karen MoeUSA1:06.69
57Wendy CookCAN1:06.70
62Enith BrigithaNED1:06.82
78Christine HerbstGDR1:07.27
81Silke PielenFRG1:07.36