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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 26, 1976
Date Finished: July 28, 1976

Gold: GDR Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel
Silver: FRG Annegret Richter
Bronze: GDR Renate Stecher


Australia’s [Raelene Boyle] had won the Commonwealth Games in both 1970 and 1974 and was expected to challenge the East German women. She had reached the Olympic final in the 100 in 1968, 1972, and 1976 and in the 200 in 1968 and 1972, and was expected to easily do so in 1976. But in her semi-final, she was disqualified for false starts. She protested but with no success. Defending champion [Renate Stecher] had set two world records since 1972 but had lost the 1974 Europeans to [Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein]. However Szewińska-Kirszenstein opted to compete only in the long jump in Montréal and the road seemed clear for Stecher in the final. However, she was surprised in the final by her teammate, Bärbel Eckert, who took the lead on the curve and maintained it to the finish.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel 21 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Annegret Richter 25 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Renate Stecher 26 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Carla Bodendorf 22 East Germany GDR
5 Inge Helten 18 West Germany FRG
6 Tetiana Prorochenko 24 Soviet Union URS
7 Denise Robertson-Boyd 23 Australia AUS
8 Chantal Réga 20 France FRA
5 h1 r3/4 Marjorie Bailey 28 Canada CAN
5 h2 r3/4 Patty Loverock 23 Canada CAN
6 h1 r3/4 Debra Edwards-Armstrong 21 United States USA
6 h2 r3/4 Chandra Cheeseborough 17 United States USA
7 h1 r3/4 Carol Cummings 26 Jamaica JAM
7 h2 r3/4 Jackie Pusey 16 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r3/4 Nadezhda Besfamilnaya 25 Soviet Union URS
AC h1 r3/4 Raelene Boyle 25 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/4 Debbie Wells 15 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/4 Rosie Allwood 23 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r2/4 Catherine Delachanal 24 France FRA
5 h4 r2/4 Lyudmila Zharkova-Maslakova 24 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r2/4 Lea Alaerts 22 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r2/4 Bev Goddard-Callender 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/4 Silvia Schinzel 18 Austria AUT
6 h4 r2/4 Helen Golden 23 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/4 Liliyana Panayotova-Ivanova 20 Bulgaria BUL
7 h2 r2/4 Mona-Lisa Strandvall-Pursiainen 25 Finland FIN
7 h4 r2/4 Freida Nicholls-Davy 26 Barbados BAR
8 h1 r2/4 Sue Jowett 19 New Zealand NZL
8 h2 r2/4 Joanne McTaggart 21 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/4 Ildikó Szabó-Erdélyi 20 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/4 Anne Kroniger 23 West Germany FRG
6 h3 r1/4 Silvina Pereira 27 Brazil BRA
6 h6 r1/4 Divina Estrella 19 Dominican Republic DOM
7 h3 r1/4 Carolina Rieuwpassa 27 Indonesia INA
7 h4 r1/4 Helen Ritter 18 Liechtenstein LIE
8 h4 r1/4 Marie-Louise Pierre 20 Haiti HAI