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100 metres Backstroke, Women

Date22 – 23 October 1968
LocationAlberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez, Ciudad de México
Participants40 from 23 countries

The favorite was Canada’s Elaine Tanner, the 1967 Pan American Games champion who had set two world records in the event in 1967. But missing was the current world record holder, 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. America’s Kaye Hall, second at the 1967 Pan Ams, was expected to contend and medal. In the semi-finals Tanner bested Hall and posted the fastest qualifier. In the final, Hall made the turn first in 30.9, with Tanner on her shoulder, and America’s Jane Swagerty in third. And that is how they would finish, as Tanner could not catch Hall, who won an upset gold medal.

1Kaye HallUSA1:09.8 (1 h6)1:08.2 (2 h2)1:06.2 (1)Gold
2Elaine TannerCAN1:07.6 (1 h3)1:07.4 (1 h2)1:06.7 (2)Silver
3Jane SwagertyUSA1:10.2 (2 h2)1:08.6 (3 h2)1:08.1 (3)Bronze
4Kendis MooreUSA1:10.5 (1 h4)1:09.6 (2 h1)1:08.3 (4)
5Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:11.3 (3 h2)1:09.9 (5 h2)1:09.1 (5)
6Lynne WatsonAUS1:09.4 (2 h3)1:09.0 (1 h1)1:09.1 (6)
7Sylvie CanetFRA1:10.4 (1 h5)1:09.0 (4 h2)1:09.3 (7)
8Glenda StirlingNZL1:10.2 (2 h1)1:10.1 (3 h1)1:10.6 (8)
9Yukiko GoushiJPN1:10.2 (1 h1)1:10.2 (4 h1)
10Bénédicte DuprezFRA1:11.6 (3 h5)1:10.6 (5 h1)
11Cobie ButerNED1:10.0 (2 h6)1:10.7 (6 h2)
=12Kiki CaronFRA1:10.5 (3 h1)1:10.8 (7 h2)
=12Zdenka GašparacYUG1:09.9 (1 h2)1:10.8 (6 h1)
=14María CorominasESP1:10.7 (3 h3)1:11.0 (7 h1)
=14Tina Lek'veishviliURS1:11.3 (2 h5)1:11.0 (8 h1)
16Ulla PatrikkaFIN1:11.6 (4 h3)1:12.1 (8 h2)
17Tatyana SavelyevaURS1:11.7 (2 h4)
=18Yvette HafnerAUT1:11.8 (4 h2)
=18Anca AndreiuROU1:11.8 (3 h4)
=20Mária Balla-LantosHUN1:11.9 (3 h6)
=20Coby SikkensNED1:11.9 (4 h6)
22Wendy BurrellGBR1:12.0 (5 h6)
23Dianna RickardAUS1:12.4 (4 h4)
24Bep WeetelingNED1:12.5 (4 h1)
25Angelika KrausFRG1:12.6 (5 h3)
=26Anne WaltonCAN1:13.0 (5 h4)
=26Jackie BrownGBR1:13.0 (5 h1)
28Patricia SentousARG1:13.5 (4 h5)
29Adriana ComolliARG1:13.8 (5 h2)
30Doris MeisterFRG1:14.1 (6 h2)
31Lidia RamírezMEX1:14.5 (6 h1)
32Pru ChapmanNZL1:15.2 (5 h5)
33Francine DauvenBEL1:15.3 (6 h6)
34María ProcopioARG1:15.9 (6 h4)
35Judit BárányiHUN1:16.0 (7 h6)
36Felicia OspitaletcheURU1:17.7 (6 h3)
37Carmen FerracutiESA1:17.8 (6 h5)
38Nguyễn Thị Mỹ LienVNM1:19.2 (7 h3)
39Rosa HasbúnESA1:20.5 (7 h2)
40Shen Bao-NiTPE1:21.5 (7 h4)
DNSHedy GarcíaPHI– (DNS h1)

Round One (22 October 1968 — 10:00)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

13Yukiko GoushiJPN1:10.2Q
25Glenda StirlingNZL1:10.2Q
36Kiki CaronFRA1:10.5Q
44Bep WeetelingNED1:12.5
52Jackie BrownGBR1:13.0
67Lidia RamírezMEX1:14.5
DNSHedy GarcíaPHI

Heat Two

14Zdenka GašparacYUG1:09.9Q
26Jane SwagertyUSA1:10.2Q
32Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:11.3Q
41Yvette HafnerAUT1:11.8
55Adriana ComolliARG1:13.8
63Doris MeisterFRG1:14.1
77Rosa HasbúnESA1:20.5

Heat Three

17Elaine TannerCAN1:07.6QOR
23Lynne WatsonAUS1:09.4Q
35María CorominasESP1:10.7Q
42Ulla PatrikkaFIN1:11.6Q
51Angelika KrausFRG1:12.6
64Felicia OspitaletcheURU1:17.7
76Nguyễn Thị Mỹ LienVNM1:19.2

Heat Four

14Kendis MooreUSA1:10.5Q
22Tatyana SavelyevaURS1:11.7
37Anca AndreiuROU1:11.8
41Dianna RickardAUS1:12.4
53Anne WaltonCAN1:13.0
66María ProcopioARG1:15.9
75Shen Bao-NiTPE1:21.5

Heat Five

15Sylvie CanetFRA1:10.4Q
23Tina Lek'veishviliURS1:11.3Q
34Bénédicte DuprezFRA1:11.6Q
42Patricia SentousARG1:13.5
57Pru ChapmanNZL1:15.2
66Carmen FerracutiESA1:17.8

Heat Six

15Kaye HallUSA1:09.8Q
22Cobie ButerNED1:10.0Q
34Mária Balla-LantosHUN1:11.9
46Coby SikkensNED1:11.9
53Wendy BurrellGBR1:12.0
61Francine DauvenBEL1:15.3
77Judit BárányiHUN1:16.0

Semi-Finals (22 October 1968 — 17:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Lynne WatsonAUS1:09.0Q
22Kendis MooreUSA1:09.6Q
36Glenda StirlingNZL1:10.1Q
43Yukiko GoushiJPN1:10.2
58Bénédicte DuprezFRA1:10.6
65Zdenka GašparacYUG1:10.8
77María CorominasESP1:11.0
81Tina Lek'veishviliURS1:11.0

Heat Two

14Elaine TannerCAN1:07.4QOR
25Kaye HallUSA1:08.2Q
36Jane SwagertyUSA1:08.6Q
42Sylvie CanetFRA1:09.0Q
51Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:09.9Q
63Cobie ButerNED1:10.7
77Kiki CaronFRA1:10.8
88Ulla PatrikkaFIN1:12.1

Final (23 October 1968 — 17:00)

15Kaye HallUSA1:06.2WR
24Elaine TannerCAN1:06.7
33Jane SwagertyUSA1:08.1
47Kendis MooreUSA1:08.3
51Andrea GyarmatiHUN1:09.1
66Lynne WatsonAUS1:09.1
72Sylvie CanetFRA1:09.3
88Glenda StirlingNZL1:10.6