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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 25, 1968
Date Finished: October 25, 1968

Gold: USA Pokey Watson
Silver: CAN Elaine Tanner
Bronze: USA Kaye Hall


The world record holder was Karen Muir of South Africa, who could not compete because her nation was banned from the Olympics because of its policy of apartheid in sport (and elsewhere), and would remain banned until 1992. She had set four world records in the event since 1966 and was missed. Canada’s [Elaine Tanner] had broken her streak with a single world record set in July 1967 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to win the Pan American Games. America’s best was [Pokey Watson], who was young and untried internationally. In the final Tanner took the lead over the first 100 metres with Watson second, followed by Yugoslavia’s [Zdenka Gašparač] and American [Kaye Hall] in fourth. Watson caught Tanner at the 125-metre mark and took the lead on the final turn, powering home to win in 2:24.8, 2.6 seconds ahead of Tanner, with Hall coming on strong for the bronze medal, and Gašparač dropping back to sixth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pokey Watson 18 United States USA Gold OR
2 Elaine Tanner 17 Canada CAN Silver
3 Kaye Hall 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Lynne Watson 15 Australia AUS
5 Wendy Burrell 16 Great Britain GBR
6 Zdenka Gašparač 19 Yugoslavia YUG
7 María Corominas 16 Spain ESP
8 Bénédicte Duprez 17 France FRA
2 h1 r1/2 Coby Sikkens 22 Netherlands NED
2 h2 r1/2 Tatyana Savelyeva 21 Soviet Union URS
2 h3 r1/2 Susie Atwood 15 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Jeanne Warren 15 Canada CAN
3 h2 r1/2 Ulla Patrikka 22 Finland FIN
3 h3 r1/2 Bep Weeteling 21 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/2 Doris Kohardt 17 East Germany GDR
4 h1 r1/2 Anne Walton 16 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/2 Kiki Caron 20 France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Anca Andreiu 17 Romania ROU
4 h4 r1/2 Angelika Kraus 18 West Germany FRG
4 h5 r1/2 Sylvie Canet 15 France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Jacqueline Brown 15 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/2 María Procopio 17 Argentina ARG
5 h4 r1/2 Glenda Stirling 16 New Zealand NZL
5 h5 r1/2 Yvette Hafner 20 Austria AUT
6 h1 r1/2 Tina Lek'veishvili 14 Soviet Union URS
6 h4 r1/2 Carmen Ferracuti 16 El Salvador ESA
6 h5 r1/2 Patricia Sentous 18 Argentina ARG
7 h1 r1/2 Francine Dauven 19 Belgium BEL
7 h5 r1/2 Felicia Ospitaletche 14 Uruguay URU
8 h5 r1/2 Rosa Hasbún 16 El Salvador ESA