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200 metres Butterfly, Women

Date24 October 1968
LocationAlberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez, Ciudad de México
Participants21 from 16 countries

This was a new Olympic event for women in 1968. Ada Kok of the Netherlands came to Mexico City as the world record holder in both butterfly events. She had won the 1966 European Championship over 100 metres and had set multiple world butterfly records. Huge for the era at 183 cm (6-0) and 85 kg (182 lbs), “The Gentle Giant” had been favored for gold medals in Tokyo but won only two silvers in the 100 fly and the medley relay, and she had failed to medal in Mexico City in the 100 fly. But in the 200 metres she came through, swimming what Swimming World described as “a beautiful race”. She started out at a measured pace, and was only third at 150 metres, trailing East Germany’s Helga Lindner and West Germany’s Heike Hustede, with American Ellie Daniel in fourth. But Kok had plenty left and finished strongly for the gold medal, although it was close, with Lindner taking silver and Daniel coming on for bronze. Hustede dropped back to fifth, behind American Toni Hewitt.

1Ada KokNED2:26.3 (1 h4)2:24.7 (1)Gold
2Helga LindnerGDR2:29.4 (2 h4)2:24.8 (2)Silver
3Ellie DanielUSA2:29.4 (1 h2)2:25.9 (3)Bronze
4Toni HewittUSA2:29.1 (1 h3)2:26.2 (4)
5Heike HustedeFRG2:32.1 (2 h3)2:27.9 (5)
6Diane GiebelUSA2:33.0 (1 h1)2:31.7 (6)
7Margaret AutonGBR2:33.6 (3 h1)2:33.2 (7)
8Yasuko FujiiJPN2:33.4 (2 h1)2:34.3 (8)
9Tatyana DevyatovaURS2:34.7 (3 h4)
10Christine StrübingGDR2:39.0 (3 h3)
=11Sandra WhittlestonNZL2:39.7 (4 h1)
=11Vivienne SmithIRL2:39.7 (2 h2)
=13Jeanne WarrenCAN2:40.7 (3 h2)
=13Lyn McClementsAUS2:40.7 (4 h2)
15Marilyn CorsonCAN2:41.8 (4 h4)
=16Lotten AnderssonSWE2:42.1 (5 h2)
=16Lidia RamírezMEX2:42.1 (6 h2)
18Pauline GrayAUS2:43.6 (5 h4)
19Carmen GómezCOL2:44.7 (5 h1)
20Kristina MoirPUR2:51.1 (6 h4)
21Nam Sang-NamKOR2:58.6 (4 h3)
DNSAna MarcialPUR– (DNS h1)
DNSIngrid GustavssonSWE– (DNS h3)
DNSRuth AptURU– (DNS h3)
DNSAdriana ComolliARG– (DNS h4)

Round One (24 October 1968 — 10:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

12Diane GiebelUSA2:33.0QOR
25Yasuko FujiiJPN2:33.4Q
36Margaret AutonGBR2:33.6Q
43Sandra WhittlestonNZL2:39.7
54Carmen GómezCOL2:44.7
DNSAna MarcialPUR

Heat Two

15Ellie DanielUSA2:29.4QOR
26Vivienne SmithIRL2:39.7
34Jeanne WarrenCAN2:40.7
42Lyn McClementsAUS2:40.7
57Lotten AnderssonSWE2:42.1
63Lidia RamírezMEX2:42.1

Heat Three

13Toni HewittUSA2:29.1QOR
25Heike HustedeFRG2:32.1Q
36Christine StrübingGDR2:39.0
44Nam Sang-NamKOR2:58.6
DNSIngrid GustavssonSWE

Heat Four

12Ada KokNED2:26.3QOR
26Helga LindnerGDR2:29.4Q
37Tatyana DevyatovaURS2:34.7
44Marilyn CorsonCAN2:41.8
55Pauline GrayAUS2:43.6
63Kristina MoirPUR2:51.1
DNSAdriana ComolliARG

Final (24 October 1968 — 17:00)

14Ada KokNED2:24.7OR
26Helga LindnerGDR2:24.8
33Ellie DanielUSA2:25.9
45Toni HewittUSA2:26.2
52Heike HustedeFRG2:27.9
67Diane GiebelUSA2:31.7
78Margaret AutonGBR2:33.2
81Yasuko FujiiJPN2:34.3