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100 metres, Women

Date14 – 15 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants42 from 22 countries

Since the 1964 Olympic Games the world record had been broken nine times by various runners, all recording 11.1. The altitude of Ciudad de México made further improvements likely. In the quarter-finals, American Barbara Ferrell struck first, equaling the world record. This was again equaled in the fourth quarter-final by Poland’s Irena Szewińska, who had been silver medalist in the 200 in 1964. But the final went to the defending gold medalist, Wyomia Tyus, who broke the world record with 11.0 (11.08), with Ferrell getting silver and Szewińska a bronze. Tyus became the first woman to defend the 100 metre gold medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1105Wyomia TyusUSA11.2 (1 h1)11.0w (1 h2)11.3 (1 h2)11.0 (1)GoldWR
293Barbara FerrellUSA11.2 (1 h6)11.1 (1 h1)11.3 (2 h1)11.1 (2)Silver
3207Irena SzewińskaPOL11.3 (1 h4)11.1 (1 h4)11.3 (1 h1)11.1 (3)Bronze
433Raelene BoyleAUS11.4 (2 h4)11.2 (1 h3)11.4 (2 h2)11.1 (4)
584Margaret BailesUSA11.2 (1 h2)11.3 (2 h3)11.5 (3 h2)11.3 (5)
635Dianne BurgeAUS11.5 (1 h3)11.3 (2 h4)11.4 (3 h1)11.4 (6)
7223Chi ChengTPE11.4 (3 h4)11.3w (2 h2)11.4 (4 h1)11.5 (7)
865Miguelina CobiánCUB11.4 (3 h2)11.4 (4 h1)11.6 (4 h2)11.6 (8)
5 h1 r3/471Fulgencia RomayCUB11.5 (2 h3)11.4 (4 h4)11.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4242Lyudmila SamotesovaURS11.5 (3 h3)11.4 (4 h3)11.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/461Irene PiotrowskiCAN11.3 (2 h2)11.3 (3 h4)11.5 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/474Eva GleskováTCH11.6 (1 h5)11.2 (2 h1)11.7 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4129Della JamesGBR11.7 (4 h4)11.3 (3 h1)11.6 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4153Wilma van den BergNED11.5 (3 h6)11.4w (3 h2)11.8 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4231Lyudmila GolomazovaURS11.7 (3 h5)11.5w (4 h2)11.7 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4134Val PeatGBR11.5 (2 h1)11.3 (3 h3)11.8 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/4250Lyudmila ZharkovaURS11.5 (2 h6)11.4 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4255Marijana LubejYUG11.6 (4 h1)11.6w (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/470Violeta QuesadaCUB11.6 (3 h1)11.6 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4120Gabrielle MeyerFRA11.6 (5 h2)11.6 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/437Pam KilbornAUS11.6 (4 h2)11.4 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4132Anita NeilGBR11.6 (4 h3)11.6w (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/49Renate MeyerFRG11.7 (2 h5)11.6 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4157Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN11.8 (5 h6)11.7 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4149Truus Hennipman-CruimingNED11.7 (4 h5)11.5 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/460Debbie MillerCAN11.7 (5 h1)11.6w (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4192Oyeronke AkindeleNGR11.6 (5 h3)11.7 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/410Karin ReichertFRG11.9 (5 h4)11.6 (8 h1)
4 h5 r1/453Stephanie BertoCAN11.8 (5 h5)– (DNS h4)
4 h6 r1/4193Olajumoke BodunrinNGR11.6 (4 h6)– (DNS h2)
6 h1 r1/4123Sylviane TelliezFRA12.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/431Alicia KaufmanasARG11.8 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4Vilma CharltonJAM11.7 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4160Mária KissHUN12.0 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4165Margit Markó-NemesháziHUN11.9 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/46Halina HerrmannFRG11.8 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/4187Esperanza GirónMEX12.2 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4182Carmen SmithJAM11.9 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/4220Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.8 (7 h3)
7 h5 r1/4252Josefa VicentURU12.5 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/483Cecilia SosaESA13.7 (7 h6)
AC h4 r1/4185Lydia StephensKEN– (AC h4)

Round One (14 October 1968 — 10:00)

Top five in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Wyomia TyusUSA11.211.21Q=OR
21Val PeatGBR11.511.52Q
35Violeta QuesadaCUB11.611.67Q
47Marijana LubejYUG11.611.68Q
52Debbie MillerCAN11.711.71Q
66Sylviane TelliezFRA12.012.10
74Esperanza GirónMEX12.212.30

Heat Two

Wind1.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Margaret BailesUSA11.211.30Q=OR
27Irene PiotrowskiCAN11.311.40Q
31Miguelina CobiánCUB11.411.48Q
44Pam KilbornAUS11.611.62Q
55Gabrielle MeyerFRA11.611.65Q
62Alicia KaufmanasARG11.811.90
73Carmen SmithJAM11.911.94

Heat Three

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Dianne BurgeAUS11.511.53Q
25Fulgencia RomayCUB11.511.53Q
33Lyudmila SamotesovaURS11.511.57Q
42Anita NeilGBR11.611.70Q
54Oyeronke AkindeleNGR11.611.70Q
66Vilma CharltonJAM11.711.71
71Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.811.86

Heat Four

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Irena SzewińskaPOL11.311.32Q
22Raelene BoyleAUS11.411.44Q
35Chi ChengTPE11.411.45Q
43Della JamesGBR11.711.78Q
56Karin ReichertFRG11.911.95Q
64Mária KissHUN12.012.10
AC7Lydia StephensKENDNF

Heat Five

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Eva GleskováTCH11.611.62Q
24Renate MeyerFRG11.711.71Q
33Lyudmila GolomazovaURS11.711.74Q
46Truus Hennipman-CruimingNED11.711.76Q
57Stephanie BertoCAN11.811.81Q
65Margit Markó-NemesháziHUN11.912.00
71Josefa VicentURU12.512.53

Heat Six

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Barbara FerrellUSA11.211.28Q=OR
23Lyudmila ZharkovaURS11.511.54Q
35Wilma van den BergNED11.511.60Q
44Olajumoke BodunrinNGR11.611.71Q
56Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN11.811.80Q
61Halina HerrmannFRG11.811.88
77Cecilia SosaESA13.713.76

Quarter-Finals (14 October 1968 — 15:30)

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

Heat One

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Barbara FerrellUSA11.111.12QOR
23Eva GleskováTCH11.211.29Q
34Della JamesGBR11.311.36Q
42Miguelina CobiánCUB11.411.41Q
56Lyudmila ZharkovaURS11.411.43
67Pam KilbornAUS11.411.50
78Truus Hennipman-CruimingNED11.511.59
81Karin ReichertFRG11.611.70

Heat Two

Wind2.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Wyomia TyusUSA11.0w11.08wQ
24Chi ChengTPE11.3w11.31wQ
31Wilma van den BergNED11.4w11.45wQ
42Lyudmila GolomazovaURS11.5w11.54wQ
56Marijana LubejYUG11.6w11.61w
65Anita NeilGBR11.6w11.61w
73Debbie MillerCAN11.6w11.64w
DNS8Olajumoke BodunrinNGR

Heat Three

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Raelene BoyleAUS11.211.29Q
24Margaret BailesUSA11.311.34Q
33Val PeatGBR11.311.39Q
41Lyudmila SamotesovaURS11.411.45Q
55Violeta QuesadaCUB11.611.65
67Renate MeyerFRG11.611.67
72Oyeronke AkindeleNGR11.711.75

Heat Four

Wind1.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Irena SzewińskaPOL11.111.20Q=OR
22Dianne BurgeAUS11.311.33Q
31Irene PiotrowskiCAN11.311.41Q
45Fulgencia RomayCUB11.411.47Q
53Gabrielle MeyerFRA11.611.69
66Györgyi Balogh-SzomovHUN11.711.78
DNS7Stephanie BertoCAN

Semi-Finals (15 October 1968 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Irena SzewińskaPOL11.311.30Q
28Barbara FerrellUSA11.311.37Q
33Dianne BurgeAUS11.411.46Q
46Chi ChengTPE11.411.49Q
54Fulgencia RomayCUB11.511.52
67Irene PiotrowskiCAN11.511.55
72Della JamesGBR11.611.68
85Lyudmila GolomazovaURS11.711.71

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
18Wyomia TyusUSA11.311.35Q
27Raelene BoyleAUS11.411.41Q
35Margaret BailesUSA11.511.53Q
41Miguelina CobiánCUB11.611.63Q
53Lyudmila SamotesovaURS11.611.67
66Eva GleskováTCH11.711.80
72Wilma van den BergNED11.811.81
84Val PeatGBR11.811.81

Final (15 October 1968 — 17:50)

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Wyomia TyusUSA11.011.08WR
25Barbara FerrellUSA11.111.15
37Irena SzewińskaPOL11.111.19
42Raelene BoyleAUS11.111.20
54Margaret BailesUSA11.311.37
68Dianne BurgeAUS11.411.44
71Chi ChengTPE11.511.53
86Miguelina CobiánCUB11.611.61