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200 metres, Women

Date4 – 7 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants37 from 27 countries
Olympic Record 22.5 WR / Irena Szewińska POL / 18 October 1968

In 1970 Taiwan’s Cheng Chi set three world records over 200 metres/220 yards, but she was injured early in 1972 and she could not compete at the Olympics. Renate Stecher (GDR) had won the 1971 European Championships and was favored, having won over 40 consecutive races over 100 and 200 metres. Defending champion Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein was also back, having finished third to Stecher at the 1971 Europeans. Australia’s Raelene Boyle was also a challenger, having won the 1970 Commonwealth Games. In the final, Stecher took the early lead and was never caught, but Boyle stayed close throughout, losing by only 0.05, with Szewińska-Kirszenstein winning the bronze medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1147Renate StecherGDR22.96 (1 h2)23.31 (1 h3)22.83 (1 h2)22.40 (1)GoldWR
22Raelene BoyleAUS23.58 (2 h2)23.06 (1 h4)22.92 (2 h1)22.45 (2)Silver
3285Irena SzewińskaPOL23.37 (1 h5)22.79 (1 h1)22.92 (3 h1)22.74 (3)Bronze
4149Ellen StrophalGDR23.54 (1 h4)22.93 (1 h2)22.90 (1 h1)22.75 (4)
=5165Anne KronigerFRG23.37 (1 h3)23.14 (2 h4)23.03 (2 h2)22.89 (=5)
=5130Christina HeinichGDR23.90 (3 h6)23.23 (3 h1)23.28 (3 h2)22.89 (=5)
7183Alice AnnumGHA23.15 (1 h1)22.95 (2 h2)23.30 (4 h2)22.99 (7)
8220Rosie AllwoodJAM23.56 (3 h1)23.33 (2 h3)23.14 (4 h1)23.11 (8)
5 h1 r3/4164Christiane KrauseFRG23.51 (2 h5)23.22 (4 h2)23.17 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4334Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.62 (3 h2)23.20 (2 h1)23.31 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4394Jackie ThompsonUSA23.67 (3 h5)23.22 (3 h4)23.18 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/493Sylviane TelliezFRA23.51 (2 h6)23.69 (3 h3)23.34 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4359Marina SidorovaURS23.46 (1 h6)23.33 (4 h4)23.40 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4374Barbara FerrellUSA23.38 (2 h1)23.30 (4 h1)23.39 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/4107Donna MurrayGBR23.76 (4 h1)23.69 (4 h3)24.03 (8 h2)
3 h2 r2/4191Wilma van Gool-van den BergNED23.86 (2 h3)23.22 (3 h2)
5 h1 r2/4226Una MorrisJAM23.99 (3 h4)23.62 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4109Della PascoeGBR23.97 (3 h3)23.72 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4379Pam GreeneUSA23.96 (2 h4)23.85 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/483Pirjo WilmiFIN24.16 (4 h4)23.68 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/427Marcia TrotmanBAR24.06 (5 h6)24.00 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/460Juana MosqueraCOL24.20 (5 h1)24.00 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/417Karoline KäferAUT24.42 (4 h5)23.92 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/499Margaret CritchleyGBR24.04 (4 h6)24.05 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4262Amelita AlanesPHI25.28 (4 h2)24.98 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4261María Luisa VilcaPER24.46 (5 h3)24.48 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4182Hannah AfriyieGHA24.38 (4 h3)24.47 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4205Carolina RieuwpassaINA24.68 (6 h1)25.03 (7 h4)
8 h2 r2/4333Rose MusaniUGA25.37 (5 h4)25.28 (8 h2)
8 h4 r2/4252Helen OlayeNGR25.30 (5 h2)25.09 (8 h4)
5 h2 r1/4246Russel CarreroNCA28.02 (5 h5)– (DNS h3)
6 h2 r1/4245Mabel SaeluzikaMAW28.29 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4364Josefa VicentURU25.09 (6 h3)– (DNS h1)
6 h4 r1/4331Laura PierreTTO26.32 (6 h4)
6 h6 r1/4407Beatrice LunguZAM25.11 (6 h6)
7 h3 r1/4237Meas KhengCAM25.86 (7 h3)
7 h6 r1/4241Fatima El-FaquirMAR25.27 (7 h6)
DNS22Claudette PowellBAH– (DNS h5)
DNS66Silvia ChivásCUB– (DNS h5)
DNS73Carmen ValdésCUB– (DNS h2)
DNS324Eva GleskováTCH– (DNS h4)

Round One (4 September 1972 — 10:50)

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

Heat One

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Alice AnnumGHA23.15Q
25Barbara FerrellUSA23.38Q
31Rosie AllwoodJAM23.56Q
43Donna MurrayGBR23.76Q
52Juana MosqueraCOL24.20Q
67Carolina RieuwpassaINA24.68q

Heat Two

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Renate StecherGDR22.96Q
24Raelene BoyleAUS23.58Q
33Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.62Q
45Amelita AlanesPHI25.28Q
51Helen OlayeNGR25.30Q
66Mabel SaeluzikaMAW28.29
DNS7Carmen ValdésCUB

Heat Three

Wind-1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Anne KronigerFRG23.37Q
26Wilma van Gool-van den BergNED23.86Q
32Della PascoeGBR23.97Q
43Hannah AfriyieGHA24.38Q
51María Luisa VilcaPER24.46Q
67Josefa VicentURU25.09q
75Meas KhengCAM25.86

Heat Four

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Ellen StrophalGDR23.54Q
27Pam GreeneUSA23.96Q
36Una MorrisJAM23.99Q
43Pirjo WilmiFIN24.16Q
55Rose MusaniUGA25.37Q
64Laura PierreTTO26.32
DNS324Eva GleskováTCH

Heat Five

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Irena SzewińskaPOL23.37Q
27Christiane KrauseFRG23.51Q
36Jackie ThompsonUSA23.67Q
41Karoline KäferAUT24.42Q
55Russel CarreroNCA28.02Q
DNS2Claudette PowellBAH
DNS4Silvia ChivásCUB

Heat Six

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Marina SidorovaURS23.46Q
24Sylviane TelliezFRA23.51Q
36Christina HeinichGDR23.90Q
42Margaret CritchleyGBR24.04Q
57Marcia TrotmanBAR24.06Q
61Beatrice LunguZAM25.11
73Fatima El-FaquirMAR25.27

Quarter-Finals (4 September 1972 — 16:20)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Irena SzewińskaPOL22.79Q
23Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.20Q
36Christina HeinichGDR23.23Q
41Barbara FerrellUSA23.30Q
55Una MorrisJAM23.62
62Marcia TrotmanBAR24.00
74Amelita AlanesPHI24.98
DNS8Josefa VicentURU

Heat Two

Wind1.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Ellen StrophalGDR22.93Q
25Alice AnnumGHA22.95Q
32Wilma van Gool-van den BergNED23.22Q
44Christiane KrauseFRG23.22Q
53Della PascoeGBR23.72
61Juana MosqueraCOL24.00
77María Luisa VilcaPER24.48
86Rose MusaniUGA25.28

Heat Three

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Renate StecherGDR23.31Q
27Rosie AllwoodJAM23.33Q
38Sylviane TelliezFRA23.69Q
46Donna MurrayGBR23.69Q
55Pam GreeneUSA23.85
64Karoline KäferAUT23.92
73Hannah AfriyieGHA24.47
DNS2Russel CarreroNCA

Heat Four

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Raelene BoyleAUS23.06Q
23Anne KronigerFRG23.14Q
34Jackie ThompsonUSA23.22Q
48Marina SidorovaURS23.33Q
55Pirjo WilmiFIN23.68
62Margaret CritchleyGBR24.05
71Carolina RieuwpassaINA25.03
86Helen OlayeNGR25.09

Semi-Finals (7 September 1972 — 15:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Ellen StrophalGDR22.90Q
23Raelene BoyleAUS22.92Q
36Irena SzewińskaPOL22.92Q
41Rosie AllwoodJAM23.14Q
52Christiane KrauseFRG23.17
64Jackie ThompsonUSA23.18
78Marina SidorovaURS23.40

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Renate StecherGDR22.83Q
25Anne KronigerFRG23.03Q
36Christina HeinichGDR23.28Q
44Alice AnnumGHA23.30Q
51Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.31
63Sylviane TelliezFRA23.34
72Barbara FerrellUSA23.39
87Donna MurrayGBR24.03

Final (7 September 1972 — 17:45)

Wind1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Renate StecherGDR22.40WR
24Raelene BoyleAUS22.45
35Irena SzewińskaPOL22.74
43Ellen StrophalGDR22.75
=57Christina HeinichGDR22.89
=51Anne KronigerFRG22.89
78Alice AnnumGHA22.99
82Rosie AllwoodJAM23.11