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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 9, 1984

Gold: USA Valerie Brisco-Hooks
Silver: USA Florence Griffith Joyner
Bronze: JAM Merlene Ottey-Page


With the Eastern Europeans boycotting, the field was weakened, primarily by the absence of world record holder [Marita Koch]. The favorite was Jamaica’s [Merlene Ottey], the 1982 Commonwealth Games champion. The final was led on the curve by [Florence Griffith] with Ottey second at the straight. But the race was won by [Valerie Brisco-Hooks], a 200/400 runner, who used her strength to pull away in the last 50 metres. She had already won gold in the 400 and became the first athlete to win the 200/400 double at the same Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valerie Brisco-Hooks 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Florence Griffith Joyner 24 United States USA Silver
3 Merlene Ottey-Page 24 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Kathy Smallwood-Cook 24 Great Britain GBR
5 Grace Jackson-Small 23 Jamaica JAM
6 Randy Givens 22 United States USA
7 Rose-Aimée Bacoul 32 France FRA
8 Liliane Gaschet 22 France FRA
5 h1 r3/4 Joan Baptiste 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r3/4 Angela Bailey 22 Canada CAN
6 h1 r3/4 Helinä Laihorinne-Marjamaa 28 Finland FIN
6 h2 r3/4 Marisa Masullo 25 Italy ITA
7 h1 r3/4 Els Vader 24 Netherlands NED
7 h2 r3/4 Heide-Elke Gaugel 25 West Germany FRG
8 h1 r3/4 Ruth Waithera 25 Kenya KEN
8 h2 r3/4 Pauline Davis-Thompson 18 Bahamas BAH
5 h1 r2/4 Sandra Whittaker 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/4 Michaela Schabinger 23 West Germany FRG
5 h3 r2/4 Raymonde Naigre 24 France FRA
5 h4 r2/4 Semra Aksu 22 Turkey TUR
6 h1 r2/4 Janet Burke 21 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r2/4 Mo Myeong-Hui 21 South Korea KOR
6 h3 r2/4 Teresa Rioné 19 Spain ESP
6 h4 r2/4 Ruth Enang Mesode 26 Cameroon CMR
7 h1 r2/4 Françoise M'Pika 28 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
7 h2 r2/4 Christa Schumann-Lottmann 20 Guatemala GUA
7 h3 r2/4 Elanga Buala 20 Papua New Guinea PNG
7 h4 r2/4 Divina Estrella 27 Dominican Republic DOM
8 h2 r2/4 Nzaeli Kyomo 27 Tanzania TAN
8 h3 r2/4 Amie N'Dow 26 Gambia GAM
4 h4 r1/4 Angela Williams 19 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h1 r1/4 Lydia de Vega 19 Philippines PHI
6 h2 r1/4 Soraima Martha 17 Netherlands Antilles AHO
6 h4 r1/4 Emma Tahapari 23 Indonesia INA
6 h5 r1/4 Binta Jambane 42 Mozambique MOZ
7 h1 r1/4 Miriama Tuisorisori-Chambault 32 Fiji FIJ
7 h2 r1/4 Marie-Ange Wirtz 21 Seychelles SEY