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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 20, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968

Gold: USA Claudia Kolb
Silver: USA Sue Pedersen
Bronze: USA Jan Henne

Summary

The 200 metre individual medley was new to the Olympic Program in 1968. At Tokyo, Claudia Kolb had won a surprise silver medal in the 200 metre breaststroke, even though she was only 14-years-old. In the ensuing four years she had become the world’s best all-around swimmer, setting six world records in the 200 IM and four in the 400. At the 1967 Pan American Games she won three individual gold medals, in both individual medleys and the 200 butterfly. In Mexico City she was entered only in her two best events, the IMs, and she came through, easily winning two gold medals. In the 200 she won by 4+ seconds over teammate Sue Pedersen and led an American sweep as Jan Henne came home in third. The race for bronze was very close as Henne trailed East German Sabine Steinbach for most of the race but outtouched her, both recording the same time.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Claudia Kolb 18 United States USA Gold OR
2 Sue Pedersen 14 United States USA Silver
3 Jan Henne 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Sabine Steinbach 16 East Germany GDR
5 Yoshimi Nishigawa 15 Japan JPN
6 Marianne Seydel 18 East Germany GDR
7 Larisa Zakharova 17 Soviet Union URS
AC r2/2 Shelagh Ratcliffe 16 Great Britain GBR DQ
1 h2 r1/2 Tui Shipston 17 New Zealand NZL
1 h6 r1/2 Hennie Penterman 17 Netherlands NED
2 h2 r1/2 Dianna Rickard 15 Australia AUS
2 h3 r1/2 Pru Chapman 18 New Zealand NZL
2 h6 r1/2 Judit Turóczy 20 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/2 Sue Eddy 15 Australia AUS
3 h2 r1/2 Consuelo Changanaqui 17 Peru PER
3 h3 r1/2 Hedy García 18 Philippines PHI
3 h5 r1/2 Danièle Dorléans 21 France FRA
3 h6 r1/2 Márta Egerváry 25 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r1/2 Yvonne Tobis 20 Israel ISR
4 h2 r1/2 Heli Matzdorf 16 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r1/2 Ellen Ingvadóttir 15 Iceland ISL
4 h4 r1/2 Kirsten Strange-Campbell 24 Denmark DEN
4 h5 r1/2 Carla Galle 20 Belgium BEL
4 h6 r1/2 Mariya Nikolova 17 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r1/2 Nelly Syro 15 Colombia COL
5 h2 r1/2 Felicia Ospitaletche 14 Uruguay URU
5 h3 r1/2 Hrafnhildur Guðmundsdóttir 25 Iceland ISL
5 h4 r1/2 Eva Sigg 17 Finland FIN
5 h5 r1/2 Kristina Moir 17 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h6 r1/2 Pilar von Carsten 21 Spain ESP
6 h1 r1/2 Liana Vicens 11 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h2 r1/2 Donatella Ferracuti 15 El Salvador ESA
6 h3 r1/2 Ruth Apt 15 Uruguay URU
6 h4 r1/2 Lidia Ramírez 20 Mexico MEX
6 h5 r1/2 Carmen Ferracuti 16 El Salvador ESA
6 h6 r1/2 Helmi Boxberger 18 West Germany FRG
7 h4 r1/2 María Moreño 15 El Salvador ESA
7 h5 r1/2 Olga de Angulo 12 Colombia COL
7 h6 r1/2 Shen Bao-Ni 14 Chinese Taipei TPE