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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 29, 1956
Date Finished: November 30, 1956

Gold: AUS Betty Cuthbert
Silver: GER Christa Stubnick
Bronze: AUS Marlene Mathews-Willard


In September 1956, [Betty Cuthbert] broke the world record with a time of 23.2. In the preliminaries she ran the fastest time in both round one and the semi-finals. The final was an easy victory for Cuthbert, the “Golden Girl,” who had won the 100 four days prior. She would add a third gold medal by anchoring the relay for Australia.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsFinalSemi-FinalsRound One

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Betty Cuthbert 18 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Christa Stubnick 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Marlene Mathews-Willard 22 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Norma Croker-Fleming 22 Australia AUS
5 June Foulds-Paul 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer 24 Germany GER
4 h1 r2/3 Mariya Itkina 24 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r2/3 Heather Armitage 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Jean Scrivens 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Mae Faggs 24 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Barbara Lerczak-Janiszewska-Sobotta 19 Poland POL
6 h2 r2/3 Vera Yugova 19 Soviet Union URS
3 h1 r1/3 Diane Matheson 20 Canada CAN
3 h2 r1/3 Wilma Rudolph 16 United States USA
3 h3 r1/3 Giuseppina Leone 21 Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/3 Letizia Bertoni 19 Italy ITA
3 h5 r1/3 Simone Henry 18 France FRA
3 h6 r1/3 Inge Fuhrmann 20 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/3 Mary Klass 21 Singapore SIN
4 h2 r1/3 Genowefa Minicka 30 Poland POL
4 h3 r1/3 Meredith Ellis 15 United States USA
4 h4 r1/3 Claudette Masdammer 17 Guyana GUY
4 h5 r1/3 Eleanor Haslam 17 Canada CAN
4 h6 r1/3 Micheline Fluchot 22 France FRA
5 h1 r1/3 Maeve Kyle 28 Ireland IRL
5 h5 r1/3 Olga Kosheleva 24 Soviet Union URS
5 h6 r1/3 Maureen Rever 18 Canada CAN