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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 100 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 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968

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


The 100 metre breaststroke was new to the Olympic Program in 1968. American [Catie Ball] had set the last five world records and had won the Pan American Games in 1967 and came to Mexico City favored. In the semi-finals she qualified as the equal second fastest, with her teammate [Sharon Wichman], behind the surprising [Ana María Norbis] of Uruguay. Also expected to challenge was the 1964 200 breaststroke gold medalist [Galina Prozumenshchikova] of the Soviet Union. The early lead in the final was taken by Germany’s [Uta Frommater] but Ball led at the turn. However, she flagged badly on the last lap and would place fifth. Prozumenshchikova took the lead at 75 metres only to see Yugoslavia’s [Ðurđica Bjedov] come from nowhere to touch out Prozu for the gold medal, Wichman getting bronze. Bjedov’s only previous international experience came in 1966 when she won bronze at the European Championships. Catie Ball turned out to have been sick in Mexico City the entire time and she was withdrawn from further competition, after she was found to have a fever and swollen glands, and had lost 10 lbs (4.5 kg).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Đurđica Bjedov 21 Yugoslavia YUG Gold OR
2 Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova 19 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Sharon Wichman 16 United States USA Bronze
4 Uta Frommater 19 West Germany FRG
5 Catie Ball 17 United States USA
6 Kiyoe Nakagawa 17 Japan JPN
7 Svetlana Babanina 25 Soviet Union URS
8 Ana María Norbis 21 Uruguay URU
4 h1 r2/3 Jo-Anne Barnes 13 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Alla Grebennikova 19 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r2/3 Christl Filippovits 24 Austria AUT
6 h2 r2/3 Suzy Jones 20 United States USA
7 h1 r2/3 Dorothy Harrison 18 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/3 Judy Playfair 15 Australia AUS
8 h1 r2/3 Jill Slattery 23 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 Diana Harris 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/3 Shlomit Nir 15 Israel ISR
3 h3 r1/3 Yvonne Brage 17 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Ann O'Connor 16 Ireland IRL
4 h3 r1/3 Vreni Eberle 17 West Germany FRG
4 h5 r1/3 Yukari Takemoto 13 Japan JPN
5 h2 r1/3 Marjan Janus 16 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r1/3 Víctoria Casas Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/3 Sue McKenzie 17 Australia AUS
5 h5 r1/3 Márta Egerváry 25 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r1/3 Tamara Oynick 15 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/3 Tamara Orejuela 15 Ecuador ECU
6 h3 r1/3 María Moreño 15 El Salvador ESA
6 h4 r1/3 Ellen Ingvadóttir 15 Iceland ISL
6 h5 r1/3 Arlette Wilmes 18 Luxembourg LUX
7 h1 r1/3 Liana Vicens 11 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h2 r1/3 Celia Jokisch 14 El Salvador ESA
7 h5 r1/3 María Castro 14 El Salvador ESA