Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics


Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics

The 1972 Olympics were held in Munich, Germany. Perhaps the most spectacular athletic events were in swimming. Mark Spitz of the United States had a spectacular run, lining up for seven events, winning seven Olympic titles and setting seven world records. According to the official Olympic website, "He took part in the 4x200m one hour after his final in the 100m butterfly. As for the 200m freestyle gold, it was his third medal in three days" [http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1972] .

On the women's side of the competition, Shane Gould of Australia won 5 medals. She won the 200 m and 400 m freestyle as well as the 200 m individual medley, each with a new world record time. In addition, she won the silver and the bronze in the 800 m and 100 m freestyle, respectively.

In terms of records, the Olympic record was broken at least once in all 29 events. In 20 of those events, there was a new world record set.

Medal summary

Men's events

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* [http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1972 Official 1972 Olympiad Website]


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