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200 metres Freestyle, Women

Date21 – 22 October 1968
LocationAlberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez, Ciudad de México
Participants39 from 23 countries

At the US Olympic Trials Debbie Meyer had set world records in the 200, 400, and 800 metre freestyles. By the time of this race, she had already won gold in the 400 at Mexico City. The altitude prevented her from approaching her world record time, but she won the gold medal comfortably in 2:10.5. Behind her the Americans swept the medals with Jan Henne, gold medalist in the 100 free, placing second followed by Jane Barkman. The three were well clear of the outmatched field. A few days later, Meyer came back to win the 800 freestyle, giving her three individual freestyle gold medals in Mexico City.

1Debbie MeyerUSA2:13.1 (1 h1)2:10.5 (1)Gold
2Jan HenneUSA2:13.8 (1 h3)2:11.0 (2)Silver
3Jane BarkmanUSA2:13.6 (1 h5)2:11.2 (3)Bronze
4Gabriele WetzkoGDR2:14.7 (1 h4)2:12.3 (4)
5Mirjana ŠegrtYUG2:15.7 (1 h6)2:13.3 (5)
6Claude MandonnaudFRA2:15.8 (2 h2)2:14.9 (6)
7Lyn BellAUS2:15.7 (1 h2)2:15.1 (7)
8Oľga KozičováTCH2:16.1 (2 h1)2:16.0 (8)
9Oei LianaTPE2:16.3 (2 h6)
10Marion LayCAN2:16.7 (2 h3)
11María Teresa RamírezMEX2:17.5 (3 h3)
12Marie-José KersaudyFRA2:18.0 (2 h5)
13Jenny SteinbeckAUS2:18.8 (3 h2)
14Alex JacksonGBR2:19.2 (4 h3)
15Elisabeth BerglundSWE2:19.7 (3 h5)
16Julie McDonaldAUS2:19.9 (3 h6)
17Sue WilliamsGBR2:20.4 (3 h1)
18Consuelo ChanganachiPER2:20.7 (4 h6)
19Angela CoughlanCAN2:20.9 (2 h4)
20Heidi ReineckFRG2:21.4 (4 h1)
21Danièle DorléansFRA2:21.7 (5 h1)
22Rosario de VivancoPER2:22.2 (5 h6)
23Kristina MoirPUR2:23.1 (5 h3)
24Mietta StrumoloITA2:23.3 (3 h4)
25Tamara SosnovaURS2:23.5 (4 h5)
26Aloisia BauerFRG2:24.5 (4 h4)
27Patricia OlanoCOL2:25.1 (5 h5)
28Helen ElliottPHI2:25.4 (4 h2)
29Sally DavisonGBR2:26.1 (6 h6)
30Novella CalligarisITA2:26.3 (5 h2)
31Marcia ArriagaMEX2:27.0 (6 h2)
32Mónica E. FigueroaURU2:27.4 (5 h4)
33Donatella FerracutiESA2:28.2 (6 h3)
34Hrafnhildur GuðmundsdóttirISL2:28.5 (7 h3)
35Kirsten CampbellDEN2:30.5 (6 h1)
36Silvana AsturiasGUA2:30.7 (6 h5)
37Shen Bao-NiTPE2:34.0 (7 h2)
38Lylián CastilloURU2:34.1 (7 h5)
39Lorna BlakePUR2:43.8 (8 h2)
DNSMaría MorenoESA– (DNS h1)
DNSNguyễn Minh TamVNM– (DNS h1)
DNSCarmen FerracutiESA– (DNS h3)
DNSMara SacchiITA– (DNS h4)
DNSLotten AnderssonSWE– (DNS h4)
DNSAna MarcialPUR– (DNS h5)
DNSPat ChanSGP– (DNS h6)
DNSIngrid GustavssonSWE– (DNS h6)

Round One (21 October 1968 — 10:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

13Debbie MeyerUSA2:13.1QOR
22Oľga KozičováTCH2:16.1Q
34Sue WilliamsGBR2:20.4
47Heidi ReineckFRG2:21.4
56Danièle DorléansFRA2:21.7
65Kirsten CampbellDEN2:30.5
DNSMaría MorenoESA
DNSNguyễn Minh TamVNM

Heat Two

14Lyn BellAUS2:15.7Q
21Claude MandonnaudFRA2:15.8Q
37Jenny SteinbeckAUS2:18.8
43Helen ElliottPHI2:25.4
55Novella CalligarisITA2:26.3
68Marcia ArriagaMEX2:27.0
72Shen Bao-NiTPE2:34.0
86Lorna BlakePUR2:43.8

Heat Three

13Jan HenneUSA2:13.8Q
21Marion LayCAN2:16.7
35María Teresa RamírezMEX2:17.5
46Alex JacksonGBR2:19.2
54Kristina MoirPUR2:23.1
62Donatella FerracutiESA2:28.2
77Hrafnhildur GuðmundsdóttirISL2:28.5
DNSCarmen FerracutiESA

Heat Four

16Gabriele WetzkoGDR2:14.7Q
24Angela CoughlanCAN2:20.9
37Mietta StrumoloITA2:23.3
43Aloisia BauerFRG2:24.5
55Mónica E. FigueroaURU2:27.4
DNSMara SacchiITA
DNSLotten AnderssonSWE

Heat Five

14Jane BarkmanUSA2:13.6Q
25Marie-José KersaudyFRA2:18.0
31Elisabeth BerglundSWE2:19.7
43Tamara SosnovaURS2:23.5
52Patricia OlanoCOL2:25.1
66Silvana AsturiasGUA2:30.7
77Lylián CastilloURU2:34.1
DNSAna MarcialPUR

Heat Six

15Mirjana ŠegrtYUG2:15.7Q
24Oei LianaTPE2:16.3
33Julie McDonaldAUS2:19.9
42Consuelo ChanganachiPER2:20.7
57Rosario de VivancoPER2:22.2
66Sally DavisonGBR2:26.1
DNSIngrid GustavssonSWE

Final (22 October 1968 — 17:00)

14Debbie MeyerUSA2:10.5OR
23Jan HenneUSA2:11.0
35Jane BarkmanUSA2:11.2
46Gabriele WetzkoGDR2:12.3
57Mirjana ŠegrtYUG2:13.3
61Claude MandonnaudFRA2:14.9
72Lyn BellAUS2:15.1
88Oľga KozičováTCH2:16.0