| Event type

200 metres, Women

Date3 – 5 September 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico, Roma
Participants29 from 17 countries

In July 1960 American Wilma Rudolph ran 22.9 to win the AAU Championships and break the world record. After a very easy win in the 100, she was a heavy favorite to win the 200 as well. In round one she broke the Olympic record with 23.2. Her 200 final gold medal in 24.0 was run against a heavy wind. Three days later she anchored the USA 4x100 relay team to a gold medal, her third of the Olympics.

1117Wilma RudolphUSA23.2 (1 h6)23.7 (1 h1)24.0 (1)Gold
277Jutta HeineGER23.9 (1 h3)24.0 (2 h1)24.4 (2)Silver
3188Dorothy HymanGBR23.7 (1 h5)24.6 (2 h2)24.7 (3)Bronze
4158Mariya ItkinaURS24.0 (2 h4)24.6 (3 h2)24.7 (4)
5144Barbara JaniszewskaPOL23.9 (1 h4)24.2 (3 h1)24.8 (5)
6181Giuseppina LeoneITA23.7 (1 h1)24.5 (1 h2)24.9 (6)
4 h1 r2/34Norma Croker-FlemingAUS24.2 (2 h3)24.3 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/375Gisela BirkemeyerGER24.2 (1 h2)24.9 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3190Jenny SmartGBR24.0 (3 h6)24.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3119Lucinda WilliamsUSA24.0 (2 h1)25.0 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3161Valentina MaslovskayaURS24.0 (2 h6)24.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3145Celina JesionowskaPOL24.3 (2 h5)25.3 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3133Catherine CapdevielleFRA24.3 (2 h2)24.9 (7 h1)
3 h1 r1/376Hannelore RaepkeGER24.2 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3103Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE24.6 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/335Alena StolzováTCH24.7 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3209Antónia MunkácsiHUN24.4 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/330Eleanor HaslamCAN24.5 (3 h5)
4 h1 r1/33Pat DugganAUS24.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3191Jean HiscockGBR24.7 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3162Lyudmila IgnatyevaURS24.7 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/316Mona SulaimanPHI25.8 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3118Ernestine PollardsUSA24.5 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/3143Halina RichterPOL24.2 (4 h6)– (DNS h2)
5 h2 r1/3207Ilana KaraszykISR26.5 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/318Val MorganNZL25.2 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/398Olga ŠikovecYUG24.8 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3213Maeve KyleIRL24.9 (5 h6)
6 h6 r1/3210Erzsébet HeldtHUN25.4 (6 h6)
DNS62Maria IonescuROU– (DNS h1)
DNS1Betty CuthbertAUS– (DNS h5)
DNS43Snezhana KerkovaBUL– (DNS h1)
DNS27Christiana BoatengGHA– (DNS h4)
DNS49Stephie D'SouzaIND– (DNS h3)
DNS34Carlota GoodenPAN– (DNS h4)
DNS33Jean HolmesPAN– (DNS h2)

Round One (3 September 1960 — 15:00)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Giuseppina LeoneITA23.723.90Q
24Lucinda WilliamsUSA24.024.10Q
32Hannelore RaepkeGER24.224.32
46Pat DugganAUS24.724.80
DNS3Maria IonescuROU
DNS5Snezhana KerkovaBUL

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Gisela BirkemeyerGER24.224.32Q
22Catherine CapdevielleFRA24.324.46Q
35Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE24.624.82
41Jean HiscockGBR24.724.85
56Ilana KaraszykISR26.526.69
DNS3Jean HolmesPAN

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Jutta HeineGER23.924.04Q
25Norma Croker-FlemingAUS24.224.35Q
36Alena StolzováTCH24.724.85
43Lyudmila IgnatyevaURS24.724.90
52Val MorganNZL25.225.39
DNS4Stephie D'SouzaIND

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Barbara JaniszewskaPOL23.924.08Q
23Mariya ItkinaURS24.024.20Q
31Antónia MunkácsiHUN24.424.53
46Mona SulaimanPHI25.825.98
DNS2Christiana BoatengGHA
DNS4Carlota GoodenPAN

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Dorothy HymanGBR23.723.82Q
23Celina JesionowskaPOL24.324.45Q
34Eleanor HaslamCAN24.524.63
46Ernestine PollardsUSA24.524.64
51Olga ŠikovecYUG24.824.95
DNS5Betty CuthbertAUS

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Wilma RudolphUSA23.223.30QOR
26Valentina MaslovskayaURS24.024.12Q
32Jenny SmartGBR24.024.12q
44Halina RichterPOL24.224.31q
55Maeve KyleIRL24.925.06
63Erzsébet HeldtHUN25.425.50

Semi-Finals (5 September 1960 — 15:40)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Wilma RudolphUSA23.723.79Q
26Jutta HeineGER24.024.15Q
35Barbara JaniszewskaPOL24.224.36Q
41Norma Croker-FlemingAUS24.324.44
52Jenny SmartGBR24.624.74
63Valentina MaslovskayaURS24.624.77
74Catherine CapdevielleFRA24.925.04

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Giuseppina LeoneITA24.524.69Q
21Dorothy HymanGBR24.624.78Q
34Mariya ItkinaURS24.624.81Q
45Gisela BirkemeyerGER24.925.05
53Lucinda WilliamsUSA25.025.14
67Celina JesionowskaPOL25.325.45
DNS2Halina RichterPOL

Final (5 September 1960 — 17:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Wilma RudolphUSA24.024.13
25Jutta HeineGER24.424.58
34Dorothy HymanGBR24.724.82
43Mariya ItkinaURS24.724.85
56Barbara JaniszewskaPOL24.824.96
62Giuseppina LeoneITA24.925.01