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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 22, 1968
Date Finished: October 23, 1968

Gold: USA Sharon Wichman
Silver: YUG Ðurđica Bjedov
Bronze: URS Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova

Summary

American Catie Ball had set the last three world records, but she had struggled in the 100 breaststroke and was withdrawn after that race, as she had been sick her entire time in Mexico. That left the favorite’s role to Soviet [Galina Prozumenshchikova], the defending champion and the world record holder until Ball came along. In the end the medalists in this race were the same three that had won the medals in the 100 breaststroke four days before. But Sharon Wichman, bronze medalist in the 100, moved up to win the gold, with the 100 gold medalist, Yugoslavia’s Ðurđica Bjedov, placing second, and Prozumenshchikova finishing third. Prozu would again finish third at the 1972 Olympics, earning her third medal in this event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sharon Wichman 16 United States USA Gold OR
2 Ðurđica Bjedov 21 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3 Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Alla Grebennikova 19 Soviet Union URS
5 Cathy Jamison 18 United States USA
6 Svetlana Babanina 25 Soviet Union URS
7 Chieno Shibata 14 Japan JPN
8 Ana María Norbis 21 Uruguay URU
1 h1 r1/2 Christl Filippovits 24 Austria AUT
2 h1 r1/2 Judy Playfair 15 Australia AUS
2 h2 r1/2 Jill Slattery 23 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/2 Dorothy Harrison 18 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/2 Tamara Oynick 15 Mexico MEX
3 h4 r1/2 Sue McKenzie 17 Australia AUS
3 h5 r1/2 Yoshimi Nishigawa 15 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/2 Hedy García 18 Philippines PHI
4 h2 r1/2 Vreni Eberle 17 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r1/2 Yvonne Brage 17 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/2 Jo-Anne Barnes 13 Australia AUS
4 h5 r1/2 Ann O'Connor 16 Ireland IRL
5 h1 r1/2 Tamara Orejuela 15 Ecuador ECU
5 h2 r1/2 Víctoria Casas Mexico MEX
5 h3 r1/2 Shlomit Nir 15 Israel ISR
5 h4 r1/2 Yukari Takemoto 13 Japan JPN
5 h5 r1/2 Klenie Bimolt 23 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r1/2 Diana Harris 20 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/2 Ana Elena de la Portilla 14 Mexico MEX
6 h4 r1/2 Ellen Ingvadóttir 15 Iceland ISL
6 h5 r1/2 Arlette Wilmes 18 Luxembourg LUX
7 h4 r1/2 María Moreño 15 El Salvador ESA
7 h5 r1/2 Liana Vicens 11 Puerto Rico PUR