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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 18, 1968

Gold: POL Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein
Silver: AUS Raelene Boyle
Bronze: AUS Jennifer Lamy
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The heavy favorite was the silver medalist from 1964, Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein, who had won the 1966 European Championships, and had set the world record of 22.7 at a meet in Warszawa in 1965. She did not disappoint. In the final, the 1964/68 100 gold medalist Wyomia Tyus started in the lead, but faded in the straight. Szewińska-Kirszenstein pulled ahead and won by two metres in world record time. The first four finishers broke 23 seconds, the first time that had occurred. The eight-place finisher, Jutta Stöck, was the daughter of 1936 javelin gold medalist Gerd Stöck.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein 22 Poland POL Gold WR
2 Raelene Boyle 17 Australia AUS Silver
3 Jennifer Lamy 19 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Barbara Ferrell 21 United States USA
5 Nicole Montandon 19 France FRA
6 Wyomia Tyus 23 United States USA
7 Margaret Bailes 17 United States USA
8 Jutta Stöck 27 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r2/3 Lyudmila Ignatyeva-Samotyosova 28 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Vira Popkova 25 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r2/3 Lillian Board 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Miguelina Cobián 26 Cuba CUB
7 h1 r2/3 Dianne Bowering-Burge 25 Australia AUS
7 h2 r2/3 Una Morris 21 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r2/3 Truus Hennipman-Cruiming 25 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/3 Fulgencia Romay 24 Cuba CUB
4 h1 r1/3 Marijana Lubej 23 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h3 r1/3 Wilma van Gool-van den Berg 21 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r1/3 Oyeronke Akindele 22 Nigeria NGR
4 h5 r1/3 Sylviane Telliez 25 France FRA
5 h1 r1/3 Eva Lehocká-Glesková 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h2 r1/3 Irene Piotrowski 27 Canada CAN
5 h3 r1/3 Maureen Tranter 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Alicia Kaufmanas 27 Argentina ARG
5 h5 r1/3 Mieke Sterk 22 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r1/3 Györgyi Balogh-Szomov 20 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r1/3 Vilma Charlton 21 Jamaica JAM
6 h3 r1/3 Lyudmila Golomazova 20 Soviet Union URS
6 h4 r1/3 Halina Richter-Górecka-Herrmann 30 West Germany FRG
6 h5 r1/3 Rita Jahn-Wilden 21 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r1/3 Tien Ah-Mei 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h2 r1/3 Josefa Vicent 18 Uruguay URU
7 h3 r1/3 Alice Annum 19 Ghana GHA
7 h5 r1/3 Esperanza Girón 20 Mexico MEX
8 h2 r1/3 Yeh Chu-Mei 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
8 h3 r1/3 Karin Wallgren-Lundgren 24 Sweden SWE