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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 21, 1968
Date Finished: October 22, 1968

Gold: USA Debbie Meyer
Silver: USA Jan Henne
Bronze: USA Jane Barkman

Summary

At the US Olympic Trials Debbie Meyer had set world records in the 200, 400, and 800 metre freestyles. By the time of this race, she had already won gold in the 400 at Mexico City. The altitude prevented her from approaching her world record time, but she won the gold medal comfortably in 2:10.5. Behind her the Americans swept the medals with Jan Henne, gold medalist in the 100 free, placing second followed by Jane Barkman. The three were well clear of the outmatched field. A few days later, Meyer came back to win the 800 freestyle, giving her three individual freestyle gold medals in Mexico City.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Debbie Meyer 16 United States USA Gold OR
2 Jan Henne 21 United States USA Silver
3 Jane Barkman 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Gabriele Wetzko 14 East Germany GDR
5 Mirjana Šegrt 18 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Claude Mandonnaud 18 France FRA
7 Lyn Bell 21 Australia AUS
8 Oľga Kozičová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
2 h3 r1/2 Marion Lay 19 Canada CAN
2 h4 r1/2 Angela Coughlan 16 Canada CAN
2 h5 r1/2 Marie-José Kersaudy 14 France FRA
2 h6 r1/2 Oei Liana 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
3 h1 r1/2 Susan Williams 16 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/2 Jenny Steinbeck 17 Australia AUS
3 h3 r1/2 María Teresa Ramírez 14 Mexico MEX
3 h4 r1/2 Maria Strumolo 19 Italy ITA
3 h5 r1/2 Elisabeth Berglund 19 Sweden SWE
3 h6 r1/2 Julie McDonald 16 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 Heidi Reineck 16 West Germany FRG
4 h2 r1/2 Helen Elliott 19 Philippines PHI
4 h3 r1/2 Alexandra Jackson 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/2 Aloisia Bauer 17 West Germany FRG
4 h5 r1/2 Tamara Sosnova 18 Soviet Union URS
4 h6 r1/2 Consuelo Changanaqui 17 Peru PER
5 h1 r1/2 Danièle Dorléans 21 France FRA
5 h2 r1/2 Novella Calligaris 13 Italy ITA
5 h3 r1/2 Kristina Moir 17 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h4 r1/2 Emilia Figueroa 15 Uruguay URU
5 h5 r1/2 Patricia Olano 18 Colombia COL
5 h6 r1/2 Rosario de Vivanco 19 Peru PER
6 h1 r1/2 Kirsten Strange-Campbell 24 Denmark DEN
6 h2 r1/2 Marcia Arriaga 12 Mexico MEX
6 h3 r1/2 Donatella Ferracuti 15 El Salvador ESA
6 h5 r1/2 Silvana Asturias 15 Guatemala GUA
6 h6 r1/2 Sally Davison 17 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/2 Shen Bao-Ni 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h3 r1/2 Hrafnhildur Guðmundsdóttir 25 Iceland ISL
7 h5 r1/2 Lylian Castillo 15 Uruguay URU
8 h2 r1/2 Lorna Blake 14 Puerto Rico PUR