| Event type

200 metres, Women

Date26 – 28 July 1976
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants36 from 21 countries
Olympic Record 22.40 WR / Renate Stecher GDR / 7 September 1972

Australia’s Raelene Boyle had won the Commonwealth Games in both 1970 and 1974 and was expected to challenge the East German women. She had reached the Olympic final in the 100 in 1968, 1972, and 1976 and in the 200 in 1968 and 1972, and was expected to easily do so in 1976. But in her semi-final, she was disqualified for false starts. She protested but with no success. Defending champion Renate Stecher had set two world records since 1972 but had lost the 1974 Europeans to Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein. However Szewińska-Kirszenstein opted to compete only in the 400 metres in Montréal and the road seemed clear for Stecher in the final. However, she was surprised in the final by her teammate, Bärbel Eckert, who took the lead on the curve and maintained it to the finish. Stecher was also passed for the silver medal by West German Annegret Richter, who had already won the 100 metre gold medal a few days before.

1139Bärbel EckertGDR23.78 (1 h2)22.85 (1 h4)22.71 (1 h2)22.37 (1)GoldOR
2181Annegret RichterFRG23.47 (3 h3)23.35 (3 h1)22.90 (2 h2)22.39 (2)Silver
3162Renate StecherGDR22.75 (1 h6)23.04 (1 h3)22.68 (1 h1)22.47 (3)Bronze
4136Carla BodendorfGDR22.98 (1 h5)23.20 (=1 h1)22.84 (2 h1)22.64 (4)
5174Inge HeltenFRG23.40 (3 h4)23.09 (2 h2)22.97 (3 h1)22.68 (5)
6349Tatyana ProrochenkoURS23.21 (2 h6)23.11 (3 h2)23.03 (4 h1)23.03 (6)
79Denise RobertsonAUS23.23 (2 h1)23.12 (3 h4)22.91 (3 h2)23.05 (7)
8105Chantal RégaFRA23.54 (4 h3)23.33 (4 h2)23.00 (4 h2)23.09 (8)
5 h1 r3/458Marjorie BaileyCAN23.36 (4 h1)23.24 (3 h3)23.06 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/467Patty LoverockCAN23.34 (3 h6)23.03 (2 h4)23.09 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4357Debra ArmstrongUSA23.18 (1 h4)23.20 (=1 h1)23.16 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4362Chandra CheeseboroughUSA23.17 (1 h1)23.19 (2 h3)23.20 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4232Carol CummingsJAM23.50 (5 h6)23.45 (4 h4)23.41 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4235Jackie PuseyJAM23.56 (2 h5)23.42 (4 h3)23.31 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/4332Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.39 (2 h3)23.48 (4 h1)23.38 (8 h2)
AC h1 r3/41Raelene BoyleAUS23.12 (1 h3)22.97 (1 h2)– (AC h1)
5 h1 r2/411Debbie WellsAUS23.78 (3 h5)23.65 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4229Rosie AllwoodJAM23.34 (3 h1)23.40 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4103Catherine DelachanalFRA23.38 (2 h4)23.65 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4346Lyudmila MaslakovaURS23.51 (4 h4)23.63 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/426Lea AlaertsBEL23.53 (5 h4)23.80 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4116Bev GoddardGBR23.64 (6 h1)23.74 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/421Silvia SchinzelAUT23.74 (5 h3)23.95 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4117Helen GoldenGBR23.77 (6 h4)23.94 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/448Lilyana Panayotova-IvanovaBUL23.49 (4 h6)23.87 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/498Mona-Lisa PursiainenFIN24.52 (5 h5)24.10 (7 h2)
7 h4 r2/424Freida Nicholls-DavyBAR24.45 (4 h2)24.27 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4256Sue JowettNZL24.12 (2 h2)24.23 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/468Joanne McTaggartCAN24.35 (3 h2)24.47 (8 h2)
4 h5 r1/4208Ildikó Szabó-ErdélyiHUN24.35 (4 h5)– (DNS h4)
5 h1 r1/4178Anne KronigerFRG23.43 (5 h1)– (DNS h3)
6 h3 r1/440Silvina PereiraBRA24.00 (6 h3)
6 h6 r1/489Divina EstrellaDOM24.95 (6 h6)
7 h3 r1/4209Carolina RieuwpassaINA24.86 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4248Helen RitterLIE26.15 (7 h4)
8 h4 r1/4198Marie-Louise PierreHAI28.19 (8 h4)
DNS84Fulgencia RomayCUB– (DNS h6)
DNS87Isabel TaylorCUB– (DNS h1)
DNS88Carmen ValdésCUB– (DNS h2)
DNS118Sonia LannamanGBR– (DNS h5)
DNS216Rita BottiglieriITA– (DNS h5)
DNS307Linda HaglundSWE– (DNS h2)
DNS378Brenda MoreheadUSA– (DNS h2)

Round One (26 July 1976 — 11:45)

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

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Chandra CheeseboroughUSA23.17Q
25Denise RobertsonAUS23.23Q
32Rosie AllwoodJAM23.34Q
46Marjorie BaileyCAN23.36Q
57Anne KronigerFRG23.43Q
64Bev GoddardGBR23.64q
DNS3Isabel TaylorCUB

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Bärbel EckertGDR23.78Q
22Sue JowettNZL24.12Q
36Joanne McTaggartCAN24.35Q
47Freida Nicholls-DavyBAR24.45Q
DNS1Carmen ValdésCUB
DNS4Linda HaglundSWE
DNS3Brenda MoreheadUSA

Heat Three

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Raelene BoyleAUS23.12Q
27Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.39Q
32Annegret RichterFRG23.47Q
43Chantal RégaFRA23.54Q
56Silvia SchinzelAUT23.74Q
65Silvina PereiraBRA24.00
74Carolina RieuwpassaINA24.86

Heat Four

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Debra ArmstrongUSA23.18Q
24Catherine DelachanalFRA23.38Q
31Inge HeltenFRG23.40Q
42Lyudmila MaslakovaURS23.51Q
55Lea AlaertsBEL23.53Q
66Helen GoldenGBR23.77q
77Helen RitterLIE26.15
83Marie-Louise PierreHAI28.19

Heat Five

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Carla BodendorfGDR22.98Q
21Jackie PuseyJAM23.56Q
36Debbie WellsAUS23.78Q
44Ildikó Szabó-ErdélyiHUN24.35Q
55Mona-Lisa PursiainenFIN24.52Q
DNS6Sonia LannamanGBR
DNS7Rita BottiglieriITA

Heat Six

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Renate StecherGDR22.75Q
25Tatyana ProrochenkoURS23.21Q
31Patty LoverockCAN23.34Q
42Lilyana Panayotova-IvanovaBUL23.49Q
54Carol CummingsJAM23.50Q
63Divina EstrellaDOM24.95
DNS6Fulgencia RomayCUB

Quarter-Finals (26 July 1976 — 15:45)

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

Heat One

Wind0.7 m/s
Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
=17Carla BodendorfGDR23.20Q
=18Debra ArmstrongUSA23.20Q
33Annegret RichterFRG23.35Q
42Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.48Q
55Debbie WellsAUS23.65
66Lea AlaertsBEL23.80
74Lilyana Panayotova-IvanovaBUL23.87
81Sue JowettNZL24.23

Heat Two

Wind1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Raelene BoyleAUS22.97Q
24Inge HeltenFRG23.09Q
38Tatyana ProrochenkoURS23.11Q
42Chantal RégaFRA23.33Q
51Rosie AllwoodJAM23.40
65Bev GoddardGBR23.74
76Mona-Lisa PursiainenFIN24.10
83Joanne McTaggartCAN24.47

Heat Three

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Renate StecherGDR23.04Q
22Chandra CheeseboroughUSA23.19Q
34Marjorie BaileyCAN23.24Q
47Jackie PuseyJAM23.42Q
56Catherine DelachanalFRA23.65
65Silvia SchinzelAUT23.95
DNS1Anne KronigerFRG

Heat Four

Wind1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Bärbel EckertGDR22.85Q
26Patty LoverockCAN23.03Q
37Denise RobertsonAUS23.12Q
45Carol CummingsJAM23.45Q
52Lyudmila MaslakovaURS23.63
61Helen GoldenGBR23.94
73Freida Nicholls-DavyBAR24.27
DNS4Ildikó Szabó-ErdélyiHUN

Semi-Finals (28 July 1976 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Renate StecherGDR22.68Q
27Carla BodendorfGDR22.84Q
32Inge HeltenFRG22.97Q
43Tatyana ProrochenkoURS23.03Q
58Marjorie BaileyCAN23.06
66Debra ArmstrongUSA23.16
74Carol CummingsJAM23.41
AC1Raelene BoyleAUSDQ1

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Bärbel EckertGDR22.71Q
24Annegret RichterFRG22.90Q
37Denise RobertsonAUS22.91Q
45Chantal RégaFRA23.00Q
53Patty LoverockCAN23.09
66Chandra CheeseboroughUSA23.20
72Jackie PuseyJAM23.31
88Nadezhda BesfamilnayaURS23.38

Final (28 July 1976 — 18:10)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Bärbel EckertGDR22.37OR
25Annegret RichterFRG22.39
38Renate StecherGDR22.47
44Carla BodendorfGDR22.64
57Inge HeltenFRG22.68
61Tatyana ProrochenkoURS23.03
73Denise RobertsonAUS23.05
86Chantal RégaFRA23.09