| Event type

200 metres, Women

Date3 – 6 August 1992
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants51 from 40 countries

Katrin Krabbe (GER) had won the 1991 World Championships and the 1990 Europeans. A tall, attractive blond, the former East German seemed about to capitalize on her fame with endorsements not previously available to her. But early in 1992 she and some of her teammates went to train in South Africa. There were accusations that this was done to avoid drug testing and the Germans responded by sending a testing team down there. All of the women tested negative but then it was revealed that all of the urine samples had come from the same person. They were all suspended for four years by the German Track Federation, but after appeals to the IAAF this was revoked. However, in June Krabbe withdrew from the Olympics, because of the stress she had been through in the past few months. In July she did test positive, this time for clenbuterol, and she never competed again.

With Krabbe out, the favorite’s role fell to Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey who had had been bronze medalist in 1980 and placed fourth in 1984. She had won medals at all three World Championships, though never a gold, and was 1990 Commonwealth Champion. Her biggest challenge was expected to come from American Gwen Torrence. Torrence was considered a possibility to win the 100/200 but a few days earlier had finished fourth in the 100. She then claimed that )Two of the three medalists are not clean. I’m sick and tired of it.) The 100 medalists had been Gail Devers (USA/gold), Juliet Cuthbert (JAM/silver), and Irina Privalova (EUN/bronze). Torrence never said who the two were, and a few days later she retracted her statement but it added to the controversy of the 200. In the final Torrence, Privalova, Cuthbert and Ottey were drawn in the middle of the track. The four were even as they came off the turn but Torrence was the strongest on the run-in and won by over 2/10ths from Cuthbert.

11772Gwen TorrenceUSA22.66 (1 h7)22.21 (1 h2)21.72 (1 h2)21.81 (1)Gold
21042Juliet CuthbertJAM22.99 (1 h3)22.01 (1 h1)21.75 (2 h2)22.02 (2)Silver
31058Merlene OtteyJAM22.95 (1 h2)21.94 (1 h4)22.12 (1 h1)22.09 (3)Bronze
4550Irina PrivalovaEUN23.22 (2 h1)22.45 (2 h4)22.08 (3 h2)22.19 (4)
51704Carlette GuidryUSA22.82 (1 h6)22.26 (2 h3)22.31 (2 h1)22.30 (5)
61050Grace Jackson-SmallJAM22.72 (2 h7)22.59 (2 h2)22.58 (4 h1)22.58 (6)
71697Michelle FinnUSA23.00 (2 h4)22.42 (2 h1)22.39 (4 h2)22.61 (7)
8532Galina MalchuginaEUN23.08 (1 h5)22.22 (1 h3)22.44 (3 h1)22.63 (8)
5 h1 r3/4820Silke KnollGER22.83 (1 h4)22.46 (4 h1)22.60 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/41306Mary OnyaliNGR23.06 (1 h1)22.60 (3 h4)22.60 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/485Pauline DavisBAH23.47 (3 h3)22.44 (3 h1)22.61 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4761Jenny StouteGBR23.15 (2 h2)22.73 (4 h3)23.01 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/41483Elinda VorsterRSA23.14 (2 h3)22.99 (3 h2)23.08 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/446Melinda GainsfordAUS23.18 (2 h6)23.03 (4 h4)23.03 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4592Sisko HanhijokiFIN23.27 (3 h2)23.09 (4 h2)23.26 (8 h1)
3 h3 r2/4187Aneliya NunevaBUL23.32 (3 h6)22.62 (3 h3)– (DNS h2)
5 h1 r2/4570Marina TrandenkovaEUN22.79 (3 h7)22.50 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/41401Lucrécia JardimPOR23.26 (3 h1)23.09 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4805Sabine GüntherGER23.41 (2 h5)23.10 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4853Andrea ThomasGER23.52 (5 h2)23.19 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/41642Wang Huei-ChenTPE23.37 (4 h2)22.93 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/41196Lalao RavaonirianaMAD23.58 (4 h7)23.63 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/41466Iolanda OanțăROU23.83 (5 h7)23.75 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/41277Karin de LangeNED23.53 (3 h4)23.41 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4725Simmone JacobsGBR23.90 (4 h4)23.61 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/41534Damayanthi DharshaSRI23.82 (4 h1)23.89 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4210Karen ClarkeCAN23.57 (4 h6)23.80 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/482Sabine TrögerAUT23.72 (3 h5)23.41 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4638Valérie Jean-CharlesFRA23.69 (5 h6)23.64 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4317Georgette N'KomaCMR23.85 (6 h7)24.06 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/424Heather SamuelANT24.09 (4 h3)24.12 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4979Ruth MorrisISV24.17 (4 h5)24.26 (8 h4)
5 h1 r1/458Melissa MooreAUS23.86 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/4649Maguy NestoretFRA24.15 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4925Ágnes KozáryHUN24.50 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4114Dawnette DouglasBER25.03 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/4307Olga MutandaCIV24.19 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/41795Trương Hoàng Mỹ LinhVIE24.45 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/41816Ngozi MwanamwambwaZAM24.59 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4102Prisca PhilipBAR24.56 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/41254Manda KanoutéMLI26.03 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/41819Gailey DubeZIM24.15 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/4586Vaciseva TavagaFIJ25.07 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4332Zoila StewartCRC24.64 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/41617Nednapa ChommuakTHA24.76 (7 h3)
7 h6 r1/41516Melrose MansaraySLE24.67 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4777Ruth MangueGEQ27.65 (7 h7)
8 h3 r1/41255Deirdre CaruanaMLT25.28 (8 h3)
AC h4 r1/4894Oumou SowGUI– (DNF h4)
AC h5 r1/4272Chen ZhaojingCHN– (DQ h5)
AC h6 r1/4130Jacqueline SolizBOL– (DQ h6)
DNS1485Marcel WinklerRSA– (DNS h1)
DNS1494N'Dèye DiaSEN– (DNS h4)

Round One (3 August 1992 — 9:35)

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

Heat One

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Mary OnyaliNGR23.06Q
22Irina PrivalovaEUN23.22Q
35Lucrécia JardimPOR23.26Q
46Damayanthi DharshaSRI23.82Q
51Melissa MooreAUS23.86
68Olga MutandaCIV24.19
73Vaciseva TavagaFIJ25.07
DNS7Marcel WinklerRSA

Heat Two

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Merlene OtteyJAM22.95Q
22Jenny StouteGBR23.15Q
36Sisko HanhijokiFIN23.27Q
43Wang Huei-ChenTPE23.37Q
57Andrea ThomasGER23.52q
64Trương Hoàng Mỹ LinhVIE24.45
78Zoila StewartCRC24.64

Heat Three

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Juliet CuthbertJAM22.99Q
22Elinda VorsterRSA23.14Q
38Pauline DavisBAH23.47Q
44Heather SamuelANT24.09Q
51Maguy NestoretFRA24.15
67Ngozi MwanamwambwaZAM24.59
76Nednapa ChommuakTHA24.76
83Deirdre CaruanaMLT25.28

Heat Four

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Silke KnollGER22.83Q
25Michelle FinnUSA23.00Q
33Karin de LangeNED23.53Q
46Simmone JacobsGBR23.90Q
58Ágnes KozáryHUN24.50
67Prisca PhilipBAR24.56
DNF4Oumou SowGUI

Heat Five

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Galina MalchuginaEUN23.08Q
25Sabine GüntherGER23.41Q
37Sabine TrögerAUT23.72Q
42Ruth MorrisISV24.17Q
51Dawnette DouglasBER25.03
63Manda KanoutéMLI26.03
DQ6Chen ZhaojingCHN

Heat Six

Wind1.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Carlette GuidryUSA22.82Q1
22Melinda GainsfordAUS23.18Q
37Aneliya NunevaBUL23.32Q
41Karen ClarkeCAN23.57Q
58Valérie Jean-CharlesFRA23.69q
64Gailey DubeZIM24.15
76Melrose MansaraySLE24.67
DQ5Jacqueline SolizBOL

Heat Seven

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Gwen TorrenceUSA22.66Q
25Grace Jackson-SmallJAM22.72Q
37Marina TrandenkovaEUN22.79Q
42Lalao RavaonirianaMAD23.58Q
56Iolanda OanțăROU23.83q
63Georgette N'KomaCMR23.85q
78Ruth MangueGEQ27.65

Quarter-Finals (3 August 1992 — 18:45)

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

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Juliet CuthbertJAM22.01Q
23Michelle FinnUSA22.42Q
32Pauline DavisBAH22.44Q
45Silke KnollGER22.46Q
56Marina TrandenkovaEUN22.50
67Wang Huei-ChenTPE22.93
78Simmone JacobsGBR23.61
81Valérie Jean-CharlesFRA23.64

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Gwen TorrenceUSA22.21Q
23Grace Jackson-SmallJAM22.59Q
35Elinda VorsterRSA22.99Q
44Sisko HanhijokiFIN23.09Q
57Lucrécia JardimPOR23.09
68Lalao RavaonirianaMAD23.63
71Damayanthi DharshaSRI23.89
82Georgette N'KomaCMR24.06

Heat Three

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Galina MalchuginaEUN22.22Q
24Carlette GuidryUSA22.26Q
36Aneliya NunevaBUL22.62Q
43Jenny StouteGBR22.73Q
52Sabine GüntherGER23.10
68Iolanda OanțăROU23.75
77Karen ClarkeCAN23.80
81Heather SamuelANT24.12

Heat Four

Wind-0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Merlene OtteyJAM21.94Q
23Irina PrivalovaEUN22.45Q
34Mary OnyaliNGR22.60Q
46Melinda GainsfordAUS23.03Q
51Andrea ThomasGER23.19
67Karin de LangeNED23.41
72Sabine TrögerAUT23.41
88Ruth MorrisISV24.26

Semi-Finals (5 August 1992 — 18:50)

Top four in each heat to the final.

Heat One

Wind-1.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Merlene OtteyJAM22.12Q
25Carlette GuidryUSA22.31Q
34Galina MalchuginaEUN22.44Q
41Grace Jackson-SmallJAM22.58Q
57Silke KnollGER22.60
66Pauline DavisBAH22.61
72Elinda VorsterRSA23.08
88Sisko HanhijokiFIN23.26

Heat Two

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Gwen TorrenceUSA21.72Q
25Juliet CuthbertJAM21.75Q
36Irina PrivalovaEUN22.08Q
44Michelle FinnUSA22.39Q
51Mary OnyaliNGR22.60
67Jenny StouteGBR23.01
78Melinda GainsfordAUS23.03
DNS2Aneliya NunevaBUL

Final (6 August 1992 — 18:25)

Wind-0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Gwen TorrenceUSA21.81
24Juliet CuthbertJAM22.02
35Merlene OtteyJAM22.09
43Irina PrivalovaEUN22.19
57Carlette GuidryUSA22.30
68Grace Jackson-SmallJAM22.58
72Michelle FinnUSA22.61
81Galina MalchuginaEUN22.63