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200 metres, Women

Date28 – 29 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants59 from 42 countries

East Germany had two of the favorites in Heike Drechsler-Daute, who had twice equaled the world record of 21.71, once in winning the European title; and Silke Gladisch, the 1987 World Champion. America’s top bet was Florence Griffith Joyner, second in this event 1984, but with the East Germans absent. She had been dominant at the US Olympic Trials, running 21.77 in the semi-finals for an American record, and shattering the 100 world record in 10.49. In Seoul Griffith Joyner had already won the 100 by over three metres. In the 200 she broke the US and Olympic record in the quarter-finals with 21.76, and then in the semi-finals, posted a world record 21.56. The final was highly anticipated but it was not much of a race as FloJo destroyed the field, winning by four metres from Jamaica’s Grace Jackson with Drechsler another two metres back in third. Her world record time of 21.34 was considered Beamonesque and still stood as the world record 20 years later.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1569Florence Griffith JoynerUSA22.51 (1 h5)21.76 (1 h1)21.56 (1 h1)21.34 (1)GoldWR
2365Grace JacksonJAM22.66 (1 h6)22.24 (1 h3)22.13 (1 h2)21.72 (2)Silver
3261Heike DrechslerGDR22.93 (1 h1)22.38 (3 h1)22.27 (2 h2)21.95 (3)Bronze
4367Merlene OtteyJAM23.06 (1 h4)22.30 (2 h2)22.07 (2 h1)21.99 (4)
5277Silke MöllerGDR23.07 (2 h3)22.86 (3 h3)22.15 (3 h1)22.09 (5)
6600Gwen TorrenceUSA22.87 (1 h7)22.25 (1 h2)22.53 (3 h2)22.17 (6)
7511Maia AzarashviliURS22.98 (2 h6)22.37 (2 h1)22.33 (4 h1)22.33 (7)
8534Galina MalchuginaURS22.85 (1 h3)22.77 (1 h4)22.55 (4 h2)22.42 (8)
5 h1 r3/4428Mary OnyaliNGR22.82 (2 h2)22.89 (2 h4)22.43 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/447Nadezhda GeorgievaBUL22.80 (1 h2)22.60 (3 h2)22.67 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4274Katrin KrabbeGDR23.14 (2 h5)22.67 (4 h2)22.59 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4216Paula DunnGBR23.32 (1 h8)23.04 (4 h3)23.14 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/423Pauline DavisBAH23.08 (2 h7)22.92 (3 h4)22.67 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4454Agnieszka SiwekPOL23.10 (2 h1)22.96 (4 h4)23.20 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4201Andrea ThomasFRG22.92 (3 h2)22.84 (2 h3)22.91 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4475Regula AebiSUI23.22 (4 h5)22.88 (4 h1)23.33 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/415Kerry JohnsonAUS23.20 (3 h7)23.01 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4427Falilat OgunkoyaNGR23.12 (3 h1)22.88 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4176Muriel LeroyFRA23.19 (3 h5)23.22 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4224Simone JacobsGBR23.47 (4 h7)23.38 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4188Silke KnollFRG23.51 (3 h4)23.15 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4348Rita AngotziITA23.59 (4 h2)23.33 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4358Marisa MasulloITA23.58 (5 h3)23.52 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/438Maria Magnólia FigueiredoBRA23.71 (2 h8)23.67 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4501Angela WilliamsTTO23.76 (4 h1)23.48 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4448Jolanta JanotaPOL23.40 (3 h3)23.34 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/45Jocelyn JosephANT23.57 (4 h3)23.59 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4186Karin JankeFRG23.83 (3 h8)23.87 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4163Marie-Christine Cazier-BaloFRA23.50 (5 h7)23.63 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4249Louise StuartGBR23.61 (4 h4)23.59 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/4121Norfalia CarabalíCOL23.78 (3 h6)23.96 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4177Marie-José PérecFRA23.49 (2 h4)24.22 (8 h4)
4 h6 r1/426Yolande StraughnBAR23.81 (4 h6)
4 h8 r1/4105Xie ZhilingCHN24.01 (4 h8)
5 h1 r1/4124Ximena RestrepoCOL24.00 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4301Marina SkordiGRE24.06 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/4382Joyce OdhiamboKEN24.26 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4110Zhang XiaoqiongCHN24.08 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4609Gaily DubeZIM24.42 (5 h6)
5 h8 r1/4603Olivette DaruhiVAN26.88 (5 h8)
6 h1 r1/434Félicite BadaBEN25.42 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4347Ruth MorrisISV24.51 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4402U Yang-JaKOR24.94 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4503Oliver AciiUGA24.39 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4485Yvette BonapartSUR24.95 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4409Yvonne HaslerLIE24.91 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4553Claudia AcerenzaURU24.46 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4291Rosa MbuamangongoGEQ31.12 (6 h8)
7 h1 r1/455Mariama OuimingaBUR26.08 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4306Agnes GriffithGRN24.79 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/4616Melvina VulahLBR25.46 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4614Judith Diankoléla-MissenguéCGO25.20 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/43Guilhermina da CruzANG25.62 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4419Aminata DiarraMLI25.81 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4497Chen Ya-LiTPE25.03 (7 h7)
8 h2 r1/4315Ng Ka YeeHKG25.35 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/4119Erin TierneyCOK26.16 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/47Evelyn FarrellARU25.74 (8 h4)
AC h8 r1/4584Pam MarshallUSA– (AC h8)
DNS14Maree HollandAUS– (DNS h6)

Round One (28 September 1988)

Top three in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One (10:30)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Heike DrechslerGDR22.93Q
22Agnieszka SiwekPOL23.10Q
36Falilat OgunkoyaNGR23.12Q
45Angela WilliamsTTO23.76q
53Ximena RestrepoCOL24.00
67Félicite BadaBEN25.42
78Mariama OuimingaBUR26.08

Heat Two (10:35)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Nadezhda GeorgievaBUL22.80Q
26Mary OnyaliNGR22.82Q
37Andrea ThomasFRG22.92Q
44Rita AngotziITA23.59q
55Marina SkordiGRE24.06
68Ruth MorrisISV24.51
72Agnes GriffithGRN24.79
81Ng Ka YeeHKG25.35

Heat Three (10:40)

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Galina MalchuginaURS22.85Q
24Silke MöllerGDR23.07Q
32Jolanta JanotaPOL23.40Q
48Jocelyn JosephANT23.57q
56Marisa MasulloITA23.58q
65U Yang-JaKOR24.94
73Melvina VulahLBR25.46
87Erin TierneyCOK26.16

Heat Four (10:45)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Merlene OtteyJAM23.06Q
26Marie-José PérecFRA23.49Q
33Silke KnollFRG23.51Q
42Louise StuartGBR23.61q
54Joyce OdhiamboKEN24.26
68Oliver AciiUGA24.39
71Judith Diankoléla-MissenguéCGO25.20
85Evelyn FarrellARU25.74

Heat Five (10:50)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Florence Griffith JoynerUSA22.51Q
27Katrin KrabbeGDR23.14Q
34Muriel LeroyFRA23.19Q
48Regula AebiSUI23.22q
56Zhang XiaoqiongCHN24.08
65Yvette BonapartSUR24.95
72Guilhermina da CruzANG25.62

Heat Six (10:55)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Grace JacksonJAM22.66Q
23Maia AzarashviliURS22.98Q
31Norfalia CarabalíCOL23.78Q
46Yolande StraughnBAR23.81
54Gaily DubeZIM24.42
68Yvonne HaslerLIE24.91
77Aminata DiarraMLI25.81
DNS2Maree HollandAUS

Heat Seven (11:00)

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Gwen TorrenceUSA22.87Q
28Pauline DavisBAH23.08Q
33Kerry JohnsonAUS23.20Q
44Simone JacobsGBR23.47q
52Marie-Christine Cazier-BaloFRA23.50q
65Claudia AcerenzaURU24.46
76Chen Ya-LiTPE25.03

Heat Eight (11:05)

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Paula DunnGBR23.32Q
26Maria Magnólia FigueiredoBRA23.71Q
38Karin JankeFRG23.83Q
47Xie ZhilingCHN24.01
54Olivette DaruhiVAN26.88
62Rosa MbuamangongoGEQ31.12
AC3Pam MarshallUSADNF

Quarter-Finals (28 September 1988)

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

Heat One (13:15)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Florence Griffith JoynerUSA21.76QOR
26Maia AzarashviliURS22.37Q
35Heike DrechslerGDR22.38Q
41Regula AebiSUI22.88Q
54Kerry JohnsonAUS23.01
68Silke KnollFRG23.15
77Angela WilliamsTTO23.48
82Marie-Christine Cazier-BaloFRA23.63

Heat Two (13:20)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Gwen TorrenceUSA22.25Q
24Merlene OtteyJAM22.30Q
35Nadezhda GeorgievaBUL22.60Q
48Katrin KrabbeGDR22.67Q
53Falilat OgunkoyaNGR22.88
62Rita AngotziITA23.33
71Jolanta JanotaPOL23.34
87Louise StuartGBR23.59

Heat Three (13:25)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Grace JacksonJAM22.24Q
23Andrea ThomasFRG22.84Q
36Silke MöllerGDR22.86Q
48Paula DunnGBR23.04Q
55Muriel LeroyFRA23.22
62Marisa MasulloITA23.52
71Jocelyn JosephANT23.59
87Norfalia CarabalíCOL23.96

Heat Four (13:30)

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Galina MalchuginaURS22.77Q
23Mary OnyaliNGR22.89Q
34Pauline DavisBAH22.92Q
45Agnieszka SiwekPOL22.96Q
52Simone JacobsGBR23.38
61Maria Magnólia FigueiredoBRA23.67
77Karin JankeFRG23.87
88Marie-José PérecFRA24.22

Semi-Finals (29 September 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (15:00)

Wind1.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Florence Griffith JoynerUSA21.56QWR
23Merlene OtteyJAM22.07Q
37Silke MöllerGDR22.15Q
46Maia AzarashviliURS22.33Q
52Mary OnyaliNGR22.43
64Katrin KrabbeGDR22.59
78Pauline DavisBAH22.67
81Andrea ThomasFRG22.91

Heat Two (15:05)

Wind1.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Grace JacksonJAM22.13Q
25Heike DrechslerGDR22.27Q
36Gwen TorrenceUSA22.53Q
47Galina MalchuginaURS22.55Q
53Nadezhda GeorgievaBUL22.67
61Paula DunnGBR23.14
78Agnieszka SiwekPOL23.20
82Regula AebiSUI23.33

Final (29 September 1988 — 16:40)

Wind1.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Florence Griffith JoynerUSA21.34WR
26Grace JacksonJAM21.72
31Heike DrechslerGDR21.95
43Merlene OtteyJAM21.99
54Silke MöllerGDR22.09
68Gwen TorrenceUSA22.17
72Maia AzarashviliURS22.33
87Galina MalchuginaURS22.42