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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: August 1, 1992

Gold: USA Gail Devers
Silver: JAM Juliet Cuthbert
Bronze: EUN Irina Privalova

Summary

The 1991 World Champion and 1990 European Champion at 100 and 200 metres was Katrin Krabbe (GER). Krabbe was a tall, attractive blond, who seemed ready to capitalize on her fame and beauty with endorsements not previously available to her as an East German. But early in 1992 she and some of her teammates went to train in South Africa. There were accusations that this was done to avoid drug testing and the Germans responded by sending a testing team down there. All of the women tested negative but then it was revealed that all of the urine samples had come from the same person. They were all suspended for four years by the German Track Federation, but after appeals to the IAAF this was revoked. However, in June Krabbe withdrew from the Olympics, because of the stress she had been through in the past few months. In July she did test positive, this time for clenbuterol, and she never competed again.

Krabbe's absence left the 1992 100 relatively wide open, with no clear favorite.The runner-up at the 1991 Worlds had been American Gwen Torrence, while the world leader going into Barcelona was Jamaica's Merlene Ottey. But the gold medal went to America's Gail Devers in one of the closest finishes ever. Coming to the line there was almost nothing to separate the top five runners, but Devers' lean won the gold by 0.01 in 10.82 over Jamaican Juliet Cuthbert, with Russian (EUN) Irina Privalova another hundredth back in third. Torrence was only 4/100ths behind Devers in fourth, and Ottey ran 10.88 in fifth. Shortly after the final, Torrence noted that "two of the three medalists were not clean", effectively accusing them of doping, although she never identified those she accused. She retracted that statement a few days later, and came back to win the 200 gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gail Devers 25 United States USA Gold
2 Juliet Cuthbert 28 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Irina Privalova 23 Unified Team EUN Bronze
4 Gwen Torrence 27 United States USA
5 Merlene Ottey-Page 32 Jamaica JAM
6 Aneliya Vechernikova-Nuneva 40 Bulgaria BUL
7 Mary Onyali-Omagbemi 24 Nigeria NGR
8 Liliana Allen 22 Cuba CUB
5 h1 r3/4 Pauline Davis-Thompson 26 Bahamas BAH
5 h2 r3/4 Evelyn Ashford 35 United States USA
6 h1 r3/4 Christy Opara-Thompson 22 Nigeria NGR
6 h2 r3/4 Elinda Vorster 26 South Africa RSA
7 h1 r3/4 Sisko Hanhijoki 30 Finland FIN
7 h2 r3/4 Olga Bogoslovskaya 28 Unified Team EUN
8 h1 r3/4 Patricia Girard-Léno 24 France FRA
8 h2 r3/4 Beatrice Utondu 22 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r2/4 Kerry Johnson 28 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/4 Nelli Fiere-Cooman 28 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r2/4 Odiah Sidibé 22 France FRA
5 h4 r2/4 Wang Huei-Chen 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h1 r2/4 Dahlia Duhaney 22 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r2/4 Laurence Bily 29 France FRA
6 h3 r2/4 Andrea Philipp 20 Germany GER
6 h4 r2/4 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor 20 Australia AUS
7 h1 r2/4 Lucrécia Jardim 21 Portugal POR
7 h2 r2/4 Myra Mayberry-Wilkinson 27 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h3 r2/4 Xiao Yehua 20 China CHN
7 h4 r2/4 Gao Han 21 China CHN
8 h1 r2/4 Tian Yumei 26 China CHN
8 h2 r2/4 Cristina Castro 23 Spain ESP
8 h3 r2/4 Stephi Douglas 23 Great Britain GBR
8 h4 r2/4 Sabine Tröger 25 Austria AUT
5 h2 r1/4 Karen Clarke 20 Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/4 Heather Samuel 22 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
5 h5 r1/4 Lalao Robine Ravaoniriana 28 Madagascar MAD
6 h1 r1/4 Trương Hoàng Mỹ Linh 23 Vietnam VIE
6 h2 r1/4 N'Dèye Dia 19 Senegal SEN
6 h3 r1/4 Ratjai Sripet 31 Thailand THA
6 h4 r1/4 Gaily Dube 22 Zimbabwe ZIM
6 h5 r1/4 Ziga Foufoué 20 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h6 r1/4 Dawnette Douglas 21 Bermuda BER
6 h7 r1/4 Marcel Winkler 21 South Africa RSA
7 h1 r1/4 Gail Prescod 20 Saint Vincent VIN
7 h2 r1/4 Damayanthi Dharsha 17 Sri Lanka SRI
7 h3 r1/4 Monique Kengné 27 Cameroon CMR
7 h4 r1/4 Laure Kuetey 21 Benin BEN
7 h5 r1/4 Ngozi Mwanamwambwa 21 Zambia ZAM
7 h6 r1/4 Zoila Stewart 23 Costa Rica CRC
7 h7 r1/4 Aminata Konaté 23 Guinea GUI
8 h2 r1/4 Aminath Rishtha 17 Maldives MDV
8 h3 r1/4 Vaciseva Tavaga 18 Fiji FIJ
8 h5 r1/4 Muyegbe Mubala 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
8 h6 r1/4 Deirdre Caruana 19 Malta MLT
AC h7 r1/4 Magdalena Ansue 18 Equatorial Guinea GEQ