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200 metres Backstroke, Women

Date25 October 1968
LocationAlberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez, Ciudad de México
Participants30 from 19 countries

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.

1Pokey WatsonUSA2:29.2 (1 h5)2:24.8 (1)Gold
2Elaine TannerCAN2:30.9 (1 h4)2:27.4 (2)Silver
3Kaye HallUSA2:31.1 (1 h1)2:28.9 (3)Bronze
4Lynne WatsonAUS2:33.5 (1 h3)2:29.5 (4)
5Wendy BurrellGBR2:33.2 (2 h4)2:32.3 (5)
6Zdenka GašparacYUG2:33.7 (2 h5)2:33.5 (6)
7María CorominasESP2:34.5 (1 h2)2:33.9 (7)
8Bénédicte DuprezFRA2:34.5 (3 h5)2:36.6 (8)
9Doris KohardtGDR2:34.7 (3 h4)
10Susie AtwoodUSA2:35.2 (2 h3)
11Bep WeetelingNED2:35.4 (3 h3)
12Tatyana SavelyevaURS2:35.5 (2 h2)
13Sylvie CanetFRA2:36.1 (4 h5)
14Angelika KrausFRG2:36.7 (4 h4)
15Coby SikkensNED2:36.9 (2 h1)
16Yvette HafnerAUT2:37.7 (5 h5)
17Jeanne WarrenCAN2:37.9 (3 h1)
18Ulla PatrikkaFIN2:38.1 (3 h2)
19Anca AndreiuROU2:38.8 (4 h3)
20Anne WaltonCAN2:39.4 (4 h1)
21Jackie BrownGBR2:40.0 (5 h1)
22Glenda StirlingNZL2:40.3 (5 h4)
=23Tina Lek'veishviliURS2:40.5 (6 h1)
=23Kiki CaronFRA2:40.5 (4 h2)
25Patricia SentousARG2:41.5 (6 h5)
26Francine DauvenBEL2:43.5 (7 h1)
27María ProcopioARG2:49.2 (5 h3)
28Felicia OspitaletcheURU2:51.4 (7 h5)
29Carmen FerracutiESA2:52.6 (6 h4)
30Rosa HasbúnESA2:56.2 (8 h5)
DNSSilvana AsturiasGUA– (DNS h2)
DNSJudit BárányiHUN– (DNS h2)
DNSAndrea GyarmatiHUN– (DNS h2)
DNSMária Balla-LantosHUN– (DNS h3)
DNSLidia RamírezMEX– (DNS h3)
DNSHelen ElliottPHI– (DNS h3)
DNSAdriana ComolliARG– (DNS h4)

Round One (25 October 1968 — 10:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

11Kaye HallUSA2:31.1QOR
23Coby SikkensNED2:36.9
32Jeanne WarrenCAN2:37.9
46Anne WaltonCAN2:39.4
54Jackie BrownGBR2:40.0
65Tina Lek'veishviliURS2:40.5
77Francine DauvenBEL2:43.5

Heat Two

13María CorominasESP2:34.5Q
24Tatyana SavelyevaURS2:35.5
35Ulla PatrikkaFIN2:38.1
46Kiki CaronFRA2:40.5
DNSSilvana AsturiasGUA
DNSJudit BárányiHUN
DNSAndrea GyarmatiHUN

Heat Three

12Lynne WatsonAUS2:33.5Q
26Susie AtwoodUSA2:35.2
33Bep WeetelingNED2:35.4
45Anca AndreiuROU2:38.8
54María ProcopioARG2:49.2
DNSMária Balla-LantosHUN
DNSLidia RamírezMEX
DNSHelen ElliottPHI

Heat Four

15Elaine TannerCAN2:30.9QOR
23Wendy BurrellGBR2:33.2Q
32Doris KohardtGDR2:34.7
46Angelika KrausFRG2:36.7
57Glenda StirlingNZL2:40.3
64Carmen FerracutiESA2:52.6
DNSAdriana ComolliARG

Heat Five

11Pokey WatsonUSA2:29.2QOR
27Zdenka GašparacYUG2:33.7Q
34Bénédicte DuprezFRA2:34.5Q
45Sylvie CanetFRA2:36.1
56Yvette HafnerAUT2:37.7
62Patricia SentousARG2:41.5
78Felicia OspitaletcheURU2:51.4
83Rosa HasbúnESA2:56.2

Final (25 October 1968 — 17:00)

14Pokey WatsonUSA2:24.8OR
25Elaine TannerCAN2:27.4
33Kaye HallUSA2:28.9
42Lynne WatsonAUS2:29.5
56Wendy BurrellGBR2:32.3
67Zdenka GašparacYUG2:33.5
71María CorominasESP2:33.9
88Bénédicte DuprezFRA2:36.6