| Event type

100 metres, Women

Date31 July – 1 August 1992
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants54 from 41 countries

The 1991 World Champion and 1990 European Champion at 100 and 200 metres was Katrin Krabbe (GER). Krabbe was a tall, attractive blond, who seemed ready to capitalize on her fame and beauty with endorsements not previously available to her as an East German. But early in 1992 she and some of her teammates went to train in South Africa. There were accusations that this was done to avoid drug testing and the Germans responded by sending a testing team down there. All of the women tested negative but then it was revealed that all of the urine samples had come from the same person. They were all suspended for four years by the German Track Federation, but after appeals to the IAAF this was revoked. However, in June Krabbe withdrew from the Olympics, because of the stress she had been through in the past few months. In July she did test positive, this time for clenbuterol, and she never competed again.

Krabbe’s absence left the 1992 100 relatively wide open, with no clear favorite.The runner-up at the 1991 Worlds had been American Gwen Torrence, while the world leader going into Barcelona was Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey. But the gold medal went to America’s Gail Devers in one of the closest finishes ever. Coming to the line there was almost nothing to separate the top five runners, but Devers’ lean won the gold by 0.01 in 10.82 over Jamaican Juliet Cuthbert, with Russian (EUN) Irina Privalova another hundredth back in third. Torrence was only 4/100ths behind Devers in fourth, and Ottey ran 10.88 in fifth. Shortly after the final, Torrence noted that )two of the three medalists were not clean), effectively accusing them of doping, although she never identified those she accused. She retracted that statement a few days later, and came back to win the 200 gold.

11687Gail DeversUSA11.23 (1 h4)11.17 (2 h4)11.12 (2 h2)10.82 (1)Gold
21042Juliet CuthbertJAM11.14 (1 h3)11.12 (1 h2)10.98 (1 h2)10.83 (2)Silver
3550Irina PrivalovaEUN11.42 (1 h2)10.98 (1 h4)11.08 (3 h1)10.84 (3)Bronze
41772Gwen TorrenceUSA11.28 (1 h5)11.17 (2 h3)11.02 (1 h1)10.86 (4)
51058Merlene OtteyJAM11.26 (1 h1)11.15 (1 h3)11.07 (2 h1)10.88 (5)
6187Aneliya NunevaBUL11.34 (2 h3)11.17 (2 h2)11.24 (3 h2)11.10 (6)
71306Mary OnyaliNGR11.37 (2 h6)11.28 (3 h2)11.30 (4 h1)11.15 (7)
8337Liliana AllenCUB11.49 (3 h5)11.33 (3 h4)11.28 (4 h2)11.19 (8)
5 h1 r3/485Pauline DavisBAH11.48 (2 h4)11.31 (3 h3)11.34 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/41664Evelyn AshfordUSA11.23 (1 h6)11.13 (1 h1)11.29 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/41307Christy Opara-ThompsonNGR11.39 (2 h5)11.42 (4 h4)11.47 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/41483Elinda VorsterRSA11.45 (3 h3)11.44 (4 h2)11.44 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4592Sisko HanhijokiFIN11.44 (2 h1)11.50 (3 h1)11.65 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4485Olga BogoslovskayaEUN11.45 (2 h7)11.43 (4 h3)11.45 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4635Patricia GirardFRA11.51 (3 h1)11.54 (4 h1)11.70 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/41309Beatrice UtonduNGR11.30 (1 h7)11.31 (2 h1)11.53 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/452Kerry JohnsonAUS11.62 (2 h2)11.59 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/41280Nelli Fiere-CoomanNED11.47 (3 h7)11.55 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4664Odiah SidibéFRA11.62 (5 h3)11.63 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/41642Wang Huei-ChenTPE11.43 (3 h6)11.57 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/41044Dahlia DuhaneyJAM11.73 (4 h2)11.61 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4615Laurence BilyFRA11.57 (4 h7)11.64 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4837Andrea PhilippGER11.73 (4 h5)11.67 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/446Melinda GainsfordAUS11.57 (4 h3)11.67 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/41401Lucrécia JardimPOR11.58 (4 h6)11.66 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/41430Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR11.67 (4 h4)11.69 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4289Xiao YehuaCHN11.69 (3 h2)11.73 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4275Gao HanCHN11.68 (4 h1)11.76 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4287Tian YumeiCHN11.68 (5 h6)11.78 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4406Cristina CastroESP11.72 (5 h1)11.79 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/4701Stephi DouglasGBR11.65 (3 h4)11.77 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/482Sabine TrögerAUT11.69 (5 h7)11.76 (8 h4)
5 h2 r1/4210Karen ClarkeCAN11.79 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/424Heather SamuelANT11.76 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/41196Lalao RavaonirianaMAD11.74 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/41795Trương Hoàng Mỹ LinhVIE12.11 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/41494N'Dèye DiaSEN11.83 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/41630Ratjai SripetTHA11.99 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/41819Gailey DubeZIM12.08 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4302Patricia Foufoué ZigaCIV11.77 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4114Dawnette DouglasBER12.05 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/41485Marcel WinklerRSA12.01 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/41799Gail PrescodVIN12.41 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/41534Damayanthi DharshaSRI11.88 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/4313Monique KengnéCMR12.12 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4113Laure KueteyBEN13.11 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/41816Ngozi MwanamwambwaZAM12.13 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4332Zoila StewartCRC12.12 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4893Aminata KonatéGUI12.33 (7 h7)
8 h2 r1/41222Aminath RishthaMDV13.66 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/4586Vaciseva TavagaFIJ12.47 (8 h3)
8 h5 r1/41811Muyegbe MubalaCOD12.76 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/41255Deirdre CaruanaMLT12.59 (8 h6)
AC h7 r1/4773Magdalena AnsueGEQ– (DQ h7)
DNS15Antonia de JesusANG– (DNS h4)

Round One (31 July 1992 — 9:30)

Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Merlene OtteyJAM11.26Q
24Sisko HanhijokiFIN11.44Q
31Patricia GirardFRA11.51Q
43Gao HanCHN11.68Q
56Cristina CastroESP11.72q
67Trương Hoàng Mỹ LinhVIE12.111
72Gail PrescodVIN12.41

Heat Two

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Irina PrivalovaEUN11.42Q
26Kerry JohnsonAUS11.62Q
34Xiao YehuaCHN11.69Q
45Dahlia DuhaneyJAM11.73Q
58Karen ClarkeCAN11.79
67N'Dèye DiaSEN11.83
72Damayanthi DharshaSRI11.88
81Aminath RishthaMDV13.66

Heat Three

Wind-0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Juliet CuthbertJAM11.14Q
25Aneliya NunevaBUL11.34Q
34Elinda VorsterRSA11.45Q
41Melinda GainsfordAUS11.57Q
56Odiah SidibéFRA11.62q
68Ratjai SripetTHA11.99
77Monique KengnéCMR12.12
82Vaciseva TavagaFIJ12.47

Heat Four

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Gail DeversUSA11.23Q
24Pauline DavisBAH11.48Q
35Stephi DouglasGBR11.65Q
46Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR11.67Q
52Heather SamuelANT11.762
61Gailey DubeZIM12.08
77Laure KueteyBEN13.11
DNS8Antonia de JesusANG

Heat Five

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Gwen TorrenceUSA11.28Q
23Christy Opara-ThompsonNGR11.39Q
34Liliana AllenCUB11.49Q
47Andrea PhilippGER11.73Q
56Lalao RavaonirianaMAD11.74
62Patricia Foufoué ZigaCIV11.773
71Ngozi MwanamwambwaZAM12.13
88Muyegbe MubalaCOD12.76

Heat Six

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Evelyn AshfordUSA11.23Q
25Mary OnyaliNGR11.37Q
34Wang Huei-ChenTPE11.43Q
48Lucrécia JardimPOR11.58Q
56Tian YumeiCHN11.68q
62Dawnette DouglasBER12.05
77Zoila StewartCRC12.12
81Deirdre CaruanaMLT12.59

Heat Seven

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Beatrice UtonduNGR11.30Q4
23Olga BogoslovskayaEUN11.45Q
31Nelli Fiere-CoomanNED11.47Q
46Laurence BilyFRA11.57Q
58Sabine TrögerAUT11.69q
65Marcel WinklerRSA12.01
77Aminata KonatéGUI12.33
DQ2Magdalena AnsueGEQ5

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1992 — 18:45)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Evelyn AshfordUSA11.13Q
26Beatrice UtonduNGR11.31Q
34Sisko HanhijokiFIN11.50Q6
45Patricia GirardFRA11.54Q
52Kerry JohnsonAUS11.59
68Dahlia DuhaneyJAM11.61
77Lucrécia JardimPOR11.667
81Tian YumeiCHN11.78

Heat Two

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Juliet CuthbertJAM11.12Q
23Aneliya NunevaBUL11.17Q
36Mary OnyaliNGR11.28Q
44Elinda VorsterRSA11.44Q
51Nelli Fiere-CoomanNED11.55
68Laurence BilyFRA11.648
77Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR11.69
82Cristina CastroESP11.79

Heat Three

Wind-1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Merlene OtteyJAM11.15Q
24Gwen TorrenceUSA11.17Q
36Pauline DavisBAH11.31Q
43Olga BogoslovskayaEUN11.43Q
57Odiah SidibéFRA11.63
62Andrea PhilippGER11.67
71Xiao YehuaCHN11.73
88Stephi DouglasGBR11.779

Heat Four

Wind-1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Irina PrivalovaEUN10.98Q
26Gail DeversUSA11.17Q
37Liliana AllenCUB11.33Q
45Christy Opara-ThompsonNGR11.42Q
54Wang Huei-ChenTPE11.57
62Melinda GainsfordAUS11.67
71Gao HanCHN11.76
88Sabine TrögerAUT11.76

Semi-Finals (1 August 1992 — 18:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind-2.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Gwen TorrenceUSA11.02Q
26Merlene OtteyJAM11.07Q
35Irina PrivalovaEUN11.08Q
43Mary OnyaliNGR11.30Q
57Pauline DavisBAH11.34
61Christy Opara-ThompsonNGR11.47
72Sisko HanhijokiFIN11.65
88Patricia GirardFRA11.70

Heat Two

Wind-0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Juliet CuthbertJAM10.98Q
25Gail DeversUSA11.12Q
33Aneliya NunevaBUL11.24Q
41Liliana AllenCUB11.28Q
54Evelyn AshfordUSA11.29
67Elinda VorsterRSA11.44
78Olga BogoslovskayaEUN11.45
82Beatrice UtonduNGR11.53

Final (1 August 1992 — 19:45)

Wind-1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Gail DeversUSA10.820.138
23Juliet CuthbertJAM10.830.163
36Irina PrivalovaEUN10.840.184
45Gwen TorrenceUSA10.860.175
54Merlene OtteyJAM10.880.164
67Aneliya NunevaBUL11.100.134
78Mary OnyaliNGR11.150.190
81Liliana AllenCUB11.190.174