| Event type

800 metres, Women

Date18 – 20 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants23 from 15 countries

In 1963 North Korean Dan Shin-Geum had become the first woman to run under two minutes, posting 1:59.1 at the Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) in Djakarta, Indonesia. These were quite controversial international games, which were organized by Indonesian President Sukarno who proposed the GANEFO in early 1963 to promote the development of sports in new emerging nations so as to cement friendly relations among them. The problem was that China, DPR Korea (North), and North Vietnam were present, none of which were recognized by several of the IFs organizing sports at GANEFO, notably the IAAF (track & field athletics) and FINA (swimming). Indonesian athletes also competed, quite naturally, since they hosted the Games. In response the IOC banned the athletes from Indonesia and DPR Korea who had competed at GANEFO from participating at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. (China and North Vietnam could not compete at Tokyo as they did not have recognized NOCs.) Indonesia and DPR Korea responded by demanding that their athletes be reinstated or their entire teams would boycott the Tokyo Olympics. The athletes were not reinstated, and the two nations did not compete at Tokyo, which kept out Dan Shin-Geum.

Without Dan the race was wide open. Dixie Willis (AUS) had won the 1962 Commonwealth Games and was the world record holder with 2:01.2 (Dan’s marks were not recognized by the IAAF), but she did not compete because of an injury. France’s Maryvonne Dupureur had the fastest time in round one and the semis, with an Olympic record of 2:04.1 in her semi-final. She led the final from the start, and had a five-metre lead at the top of the homestretch. But she was then run down by Britain’s Ann Packer, who had placed second in the 400 metres, and had superior speed. Packer pulled away to win fairly easily in a world record 2:01.1. Packer almost did not compete. She had been so upset by her 400 silver medal that she wanted to withdraw and go shopping, but her fiancé, British 400 metre runner Robbie Brightwell, convinced her to compete.

155Ann PackerGBR2:12.6 (5 h1)2:06.0 (3 h2)2:01.1 (1)Gold
245Maryvonne DupureurFRA2:04.5 (1 h1)2:04.1 (1 h1)2:01.9 (2)Silver
3151Marise ChamberlainNZL2:06.8 (2 h1)2:04.6 (1 h2)2:02.8 (3)Bronze
4107Zsuzsa SzabóHUN2:07.7 (3 h1)2:05.1 (2 h2)2:03.5 (4)
576Antje GleichfeldGER2:08.2 (2 h3)2:04.6 (2 h1)2:03.9 (5)
6199Laine ErikURS2:08.3 (3 h3)2:04.7 (3 h1)2:05.1 (6)
7145Gerda KraanNED2:09.8 (4 h2)2:06.2 (4 h2)2:05.8 (7)
856Anne SmithGBR2:08.0 (1 h3)2:04.8 (4 h1)2:05.8 (8)
5 h1 r2/3655Vera MukhanovaURS2:08.8 (4 h1)2:04.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/377Anita WörnerGER2:08.6 (2 h2)2:07.1 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3144Jannie van Eyck-VosNED2:09.1 (5 h3)2:05.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3200Zoya SkobtsovaURS2:08.6 (3 h2)2:07.4 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/357Mary HodsonGBR2:08.5 (1 h2)2:07.1 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3236Gizi FarkašYUG2:08.7 (4 h3)2:09.9 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3106Olga KaziHUN2:12.1 (6 h3)2:10.2 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3114Maeve KyleIRL2:11.3 (5 h2)2:12.9 (8 h2)
6 h1 r1/375Waltraud KaufmannGER2:14.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3222Sandy KnottUSA2:12.2 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/337Jette AndersenDEN2:15.2 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3135Ramazangiin Aldaa-nyshMGL2:21.1 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3242Masako KisakiJPN2:18.6 (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/328Abby HoffmanCAN2:17.4 (8 h1)
8 h3 r1/3127Han Myeong-HuiKOR2:22.7 (8 h3)
DNS13Dixie WillisAUS– (DNS h2)

Round One (18 October 1964 — 10:30)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
12Maryvonne DupureurFRA2:04.5Q
28Marise ChamberlainNZL2:06.8Q
35Zsuzsa SzabóHUN2:07.7Q
41Vera MukhanovaURS2:08.8Q
54Ann PackerGBR2:12.6Q
66Waltraud KaufmannGER2:14.6
77Jette AndersenDEN2:15.2
83Abby HoffmanCAN2:17.4

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
17Mary HodsonGBR2:08.5Q
26Anita WörnerGER2:08.6Q
32Zoya SkobtsovaURS2:08.6Q
44Gerda KraanNED2:09.8Q
58Maeve KyleIRL2:11.3Q
63Sandy KnottUSA2:12.2
71Ramazangiin Aldaa-nyshMGL2:21.1
DNS13Dixie WillisAUS

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
16Anne SmithGBR2:08.0Q
23Antje GleichfeldGER2:08.2Q
38Laine ErikURS2:08.3Q
44Gizi FarkašYUG2:08.7Q
52Jannie van Eyck-VosNED2:09.1Q
67Olga KaziHUN2:12.1q
71Masako KisakiJPN2:18.6
85Han Myeong-HuiKOR2:22.7

Semi-Finals (19 October 1964 — 14:20)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
14Maryvonne DupureurFRA2:04.1QOR
28Antje GleichfeldGER2:04.6Q
37Laine ErikURS2:04.7Q
46Anne SmithGBR2:04.8Q
53Vera MukhanovaURS2:04.8
65Jannie van Eyck-VosNED2:05.7
71Mary HodsonGBR2:07.1
82Olga KaziHUN2:10.2

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
17Marise ChamberlainNZL2:04.6Q
25Zsuzsa SzabóHUN2:05.1Q
36Ann PackerGBR2:06.0Q
43Gerda KraanNED2:06.2Q
51Anita WörnerGER2:07.1
64Zoya SkobtsovaURS2:07.4
72Gizi FarkašYUG2:09.9
88Maeve KyleIRL2:12.9

Final (20 October 1964 — 15:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
18Ann PackerGBR2:01.1WR
22Maryvonne DupureurFRA2:01.9
37Marise ChamberlainNZL2:02.8
41Zsuzsa SzabóHUN2:03.5
53Antje GleichfeldGER2:03.9
65Laine ErikURS2:05.1
74Gerda KraanNED2:05.8
86Anne SmithGBR2:05.8