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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 24, 1968
Date Finished: October 24, 1968

Gold: NED Ada Kok
Silver: GDR Helga Lindner
Bronze: USA Ellie Daniel

Summary

This was a new Olympic event for women in 1968. Ada Kok of the Netherlands came to Mexico City as the world record holder in both butterfly events. She had won the 1966 European Championship over 100 metres and had set multiple world butterfly records. Huge for the era at 183 cm (6-0) and 85 kg (182 lbs), “The Gentle Giant” had been favored for gold medals in Tokyo but won only two silvers in the 100 fly and the medley relay, and she had failed to medal in Mexico City in the 100 fly. But in the 200 metres she came through, swimming what Swimming World described as “a beautiful race.” She started out at a measured pace, and was only third at 150 metres, trailing East Germany’s Helga Lindner and West Germany’s [Heike Hustede], with American Ellie Daniel in fourth. But Kok had plenty left and finished strongly for the gold medal, although it was close, with Lindner taking silver and Daniel coming on for bronze. Hustede dropped back to fifth, behind American Toni Hewitt.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ada Kok 21 Netherlands NED Gold OR
2 Helga Lindner 17 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Ellie Daniel 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Toni Hewitt 17 United States USA
5 Heike Hustede-Nagel 22 West Germany FRG
6 Diane Giebel 15 United States USA
7 Margaret Auton 17 Great Britain GBR
8 Yasuko Fujii 18 Japan JPN
2 h2 r1/2 Vivienne Smith 15 Ireland IRL
3 h2 r1/2 Jeanne Warren 15 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/2 Christine Strübing 16 East Germany GDR
3 h4 r1/2 Tetiana Dev'iatova 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/2 Sandra Whittleston 17 New Zealand NZL
4 h2 r1/2 Lyn McClements 17 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/2 Nam Sang-Nam 21 South Korea KOR
4 h4 r1/2 Marilyn Corson 18 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/2 Carmen Gómez 14 Colombia COL
5 h2 r1/2 Lotten Andersson 18 Sweden SWE
5 h4 r1/2 Pauline Gray 17 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/2 Lidia Ramírez 20 Mexico MEX
6 h4 r1/2 Kristina Moir 17 Puerto Rico PUR