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200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date22 – 23 October 1968
LocationAlberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez, Ciudad de México
Participants31 from 20 countries

American Catie Ball had set the last three world records, but she had struggled in the 100 breaststroke and was withdrawn after that race, as she had been sick her entire time in Mexico. That left the favorite’s role to Soviet Halyna Prozumenshchykova, the defending champion and the world record holder until Ball came along. In the end the medalists in this race were the same three that had won the medals in the 100 breaststroke four days before. But Sharon Wichman, bronze medalist in the 100, moved up to win the gold, with the 100 gold medalist, Yugoslavia’s Ðurđica Bjedov, placing second, and Prozumenshchikova finishing third. Prozu would again finish third at the 1972 Olympics, earning her third medal in this event.

1Sharon WichmanUSA2:46.8 (1 h2)2:44.4 (1)Gold
2Đurđica BjedovYUG2:50.2 (3 h3)2:46.4 (2)Silver
3Galina ProzumenshchikovaURS2:47.8 (1 h4)2:47.0 (3)Bronze
4Alla GrebennikovaURS2:49.8 (2 h5)2:47.1 (4)
5Cathy JamisonUSA2:50.1 (2 h3)2:48.4 (5)
6Svetlana BabaninaURS2:49.8 (1 h3)2:48.4 (6)
7Chieno ShibataJPN2:50.6 (2 h4)2:51.5 (7)
8Ana María NorbisURU2:49.4 (1 h5)2:51.9 (8)
9Jill SlatteryGBR2:51.2 (2 h2)
10Christl FilippovitsAUT2:51.3 (1 h1)
11Tamara OynickMEX2:52.4 (3 h2)
12Vreni EberleFRG2:52.5 (4 h2)
13Judy PlayfairAUS2:52.9 (2 h1)
14Sue McKenzieAUS2:53.1 (3 h4)
15Dorothy HarrisonGBR2:55.1 (3 h1)
16Yoshimi NishigawaJPN2:55.3 (3 h5)
17Yvonne BrageSWE2:56.3 (4 h3)
18Ann O'ConnorIRL2:56.4 (4 h5)
19Jo-Anne BarnesAUS2:57.4 (4 h4)
=20Yukari TakemotoJPN2:57.9 (5 h4)
=20Klenie BimoltNED2:57.9 (5 h5)
22Ellen IngvadóttirISL2:58.2 (6 h4)
23Shlomit NirISR2:58.5 (5 h3)
24Víctoria CasasMEX3:01.0 (5 h2)
25Diana HarrisGBR3:03.4 (6 h2)
26Ana Elena de la PortillaMEX3:03.5 (6 h3)
27Arlette WilmesLUX3:06.7 (6 h5)
28Hedy GarcíaPHI3:08.1 (4 h1)
29Tamara OrejuelaECU3:08.5 (5 h1)
30María MorenoESA3:15.4 (7 h4)
31Liana VicensPUR3:16.2 (7 h5)
DNSCatie BallUSA– (DNS h1)
DNSMaría CastroESA– (DNS h2)
DNSUta FrommaterFRG– (DNS h3)

Round One (22 October 1968 — 10:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

14Christl FilippovitsAUT2:51.3
23Judy PlayfairAUS2:52.9
35Dorothy HarrisonGBR2:55.1
46Hedy GarcíaPHI3:08.1
52Tamara OrejuelaECU3:08.5
DNSCatie BallUSA

Heat Two

12Sharon WichmanUSA2:46.8Q
27Jill SlatteryGBR2:51.2
35Tamara OynickMEX2:52.4
44Vreni EberleFRG2:52.5
53Víctoria CasasMEX3:01.0
66Diana HarrisGBR3:03.4
DNSMaría CastroESA

Heat Three

12Svetlana BabaninaURS2:49.8Q
24Cathy JamisonUSA2:50.1Q
35Đurđica BjedovYUG2:50.2Q
43Yvonne BrageSWE2:56.3
57Shlomit NirISR2:58.5
66Ana Elena de la PortillaMEX3:03.5
DNSUta FrommaterFRG

Heat Four

16Galina ProzumenshchikovaURS2:47.8Q
23Chieno ShibataJPN2:50.6Q
32Sue McKenzieAUS2:53.1
41Jo-Anne BarnesAUS2:57.4
54Yukari TakemotoJPN2:57.9
65Ellen IngvadóttirISL2:58.2
77María MorenoESA3:15.4

Heat Five

12Ana María NorbisURU2:49.4Q
24Alla GrebennikovaURS2:49.8Q
33Yoshimi NishigawaJPN2:55.3
47Ann O'ConnorIRL2:56.4
56Klenie BimoltNED2:57.9
65Arlette WilmesLUX3:06.7
71Liana VicensPUR3:16.2

Final (23 October 1968 — 17:00)

14Sharon WichmanUSA2:44.4OR
21Đurđica BjedovYUG2:46.4
35Galina ProzumenshchikovaURS2:47.0
42Alla GrebennikovaURS2:47.1
57Cathy JamisonUSA2:48.4
66Svetlana BabaninaURS2:48.4
78Chieno ShibataJPN2:51.5
83Ana María NorbisURU2:51.9