| Event type

200 metres, Women

Date31 July – 1 August 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants47 from 34 countries
Olympic Record 21.34 WR / Florence Griffith Joyner USA / 29 September 1988

Merlene Ottey (JAM) was back and was favored again, by this time having won the World Championships in both 1993 and 1995. In 1995 she had defeated Irina Privalova (RUS) who had won the 1994 European Championships. But Privalova withdrew in Atlanta after the quarter-finals. America’s best hope seemed to be defending champion Gwen Torrence but she did not make the US team at the Olympic Trials. This seemed to leave it open for Ottey to finally win her gold medal but it was not to be. She led off the curve, but then was outrun by France’s Marie-José Pérec, who was considered stronger in the 400, and had already won that event a few days earlier. Ottey held on for the silver medal, her fourth in this event at the Olympics, with Nigeria’s Mary Onyali getting a surprising bronze.

13298Marie-José PérecFRA22.62 (1 h6)22.24 (1 h3)22.07 (1 h1)22.12 (1)Gold
23478Merlene OtteyJAM22.92 (1 h4)22.61 (1 h2)22.08 (1 h2)22.24 (2)Silver
33597Mary OnyaliNGR22.42 (2 h1)22.37 (2 h3)22.16 (2 h1)22.38 (3)Bronze
43858Inger MillerUSA22.74 (2 h6)22.57 (3 h3)22.33 (4 h1)22.41 (4)
53699Galina MalchuginaRUS22.63 (1 h5)22.69 (2 h2)22.35 (2 h2)22.45 (5)
63061Chandra SturrupBAH22.63 (2 h5)22.81 (2 h1)22.54 (3 h2)22.54 (6)
73468Juliet CuthbertJAM23.03 (1 h3)22.62 (2 h4)22.24 (3 h1)22.60 (7)
83837Carlette Guidry-WhiteUSA22.37 (1 h1)22.51 (1 h1)22.56 (4 h2)22.61 (8)
5 h1 r3/43888Dannette YoungUSA22.65 (1 h2)22.53 (1 h4)22.49 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/43026Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.70 (2 h2)22.91 (3 h1)22.76 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/43025Cathy FreemanAUS23.25 (3 h3)22.74 (4 h3)22.78 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/43368Melanie PaschkeGER22.93 (3 h1)22.84 (3 h2)22.81 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/43087Natallia SafronnikavaBLR23.14 (5 h6)23.15 (4 h1)22.98 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/43736Alenka BikarSLO22.88 (3 h6)22.89 (4 h4)22.82 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/43389Katerina KoffaGRE23.09 (4 h6)23.04 (4 h2)23.20 (8 h2)
3 h4 r2/43706Irina PrivalovaRUS23.16 (2 h3)22.82 (3 h4)– (DNS h1)
5 h1 r2/43269Sanna HernesniemiFIN23.35 (4 h3)23.38 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/43325Katharine MerryGBR23.14 (2 h4)23.17 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/43637Lucrécia JardimPOR22.95 (3 h2)22.88 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/43648Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR23.23 (6 h1)23.48 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/43108Monika GachevskaBUL23.30 (3 h4)23.44 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/43060Savatheda FynesBAH23.39 (6 h6)23.26 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/43315Simone JacobsGBR23.36 (5 h5)22.96 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/43175Patricia RodríguezCOL23.13 (4 h1)23.50 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/43429Ameerah BelloISV23.45 (5 h4)23.66 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/43160Yan JiankuiCHN23.21 (5 h1)23.30 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/43242Sandy MyersESP23.18 (5 h2)23.20 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/43601Calister UbahNGR23.34 (6 h2)23.62 (7 h4)
8 h2 r2/43793Viktoriya FomenkoUKR23.18 (4 h2)23.44 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/43009Heather SamuelANT23.34 (4 h4)23.54 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/43807Zhanna PintusevychUKR23.15 (4 h5)23.68 (8 h4)
3 h5 r1/43476Beverly McDonaldJAM23.04 (3 h5)– (DNS h1)
5 h3 r1/43751Mireille DondersSUI23.52 (5 h3)
6 h3 r1/43336Maia AzarashviliGEO23.63 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/43144Du XiujieCHN23.69 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/43136Tara PerryCAN23.46 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/43109Zlatka GeorgievaBUL24.05 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/43203Dora KyriakouCYP23.85 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/43173Felipa PalaciosCOL24.12 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/43006Guilhermina da CruzANG24.92 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/43895Marina ŽivkovićSCG23.51 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/43168Georgette N'KomaCMR23.68 (7 h6)
8 h1 r1/43069Laure KueteyBEN25.57 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/43397Sylla M'Mah TouréGUI26.64 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/43542Lineo ShoaiLES26.25 (8 h3)
8 h5 r1/43142Kaltouma NadjinaCHA24.47 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/43889Lyudmila DmitriadyUZB24.88 (8 h6)
DNS3717Marina TrandenkovaRUS– (DNS h4)

Round One (31 July 1996)

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

Heat One (12:00)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Carlette Guidry-WhiteUSA22.370.203Q
28Mary OnyaliNGR22.420.276Q
33Melanie PaschkeGER22.930.194Q
42Patricia RodríguezCOL23.130.233Q
51Yan JiankuiCHN23.210.168q
67Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR23.230.209q
74Zlatka GeorgievaBUL24.050.171
86Laure KueteyBEN25.570.254

Heat Two (12:05)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Dannette YoungUSA22.650.164Q
27Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.700.165Q
35Lucrécia JardimPOR22.950.204Q
41Viktoriya FomenkoUKR23.180.176Q
56Sandy MyersESP23.180.200q
63Calister UbahNGR23.340.193q
74Dora KyriakouCYP23.850.211
88Sylla M'Mah TouréGUI26.640.2901

Heat Three (12:10)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Juliet CuthbertJAM23.030.196Q
22Irina PrivalovaRUS23.160.181Q
31Cathy FreemanAUS23.250.241Q
47Sanna HernesniemiFIN23.350.181Q
58Mireille DondersSUI23.520.160
65Maia AzarashviliGEO23.630.243
74Felipa PalaciosCOL24.120.261
83Lineo ShoaiLES26.25

Heat Four (12:15)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Merlene OtteyJAM22.920.225Q
21Katharine MerryGBR23.140.216Q
36Monika GachevskaBUL23.300.326Q
45Heather SamuelANT23.340.197Q
54Ameerah BelloISV23.450.227q
63Du XiujieCHN23.690.183
78Guilhermina da CruzANG24.920.298
DNS2Marina TrandenkovaRUS

Heat Five (12:20)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
11Galina MalchuginaRUS22.630.200Q
27Chandra SturrupBAH22.630.185Q
36Beverly McDonaldJAM23.040.261Q
45Zhanna PintusevychUKR23.150.213Q
52Simone JacobsGBR23.360.214q
63Tara PerryCAN23.460.189
74Marina ŽivkovićSCG23.510.238
88Kaltouma NadjinaCHA24.470.219

Heat Six (12:25)

Wind-0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Marie-José PérecFRA22.620.232Q
23Inger MillerUSA22.740.197Q
37Alenka BikarSLO22.880.220Q
44Katerina KoffaGRE23.090.223Q
58Natallia SafronnikavaBLR23.140.214q
62Savatheda FynesBAH23.390.216q
71Georgette N'KomaCMR23.680.186
86Lyudmila DmitriadyUZB24.880.322

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1996)

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

Heat One (18:45)

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Carlette Guidry-WhiteUSA22.510.203Q
26Chandra SturrupBAH22.810.232Q
34Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.910.176Q
42Natallia SafronnikavaBLR23.150.188Q
51Sanna HernesniemiFIN23.380.152
68Monika GachevskaBUL23.440.213
77Ameerah BelloISV23.660.293
DNS5Beverly McDonaldJAM

Heat Two (18:50)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Merlene OtteyJAM22.610.209Q
23Galina MalchuginaRUS22.690.201Q
35Melanie PaschkeGER22.840.186Q
47Katerina KoffaGRE23.040.240Q
56Katharine MerryGBR23.170.252
68Savatheda FynesBAH23.260.242
71Yan JiankuiCHN23.300.156
82Viktoriya FomenkoUKR23.440.186

Heat Three (18:55)

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Marie-José PérecFRA22.240.205Q
25Mary OnyaliNGR22.370.240Q
36Inger MillerUSA22.570.191Q
41Cathy FreemanAUS22.740.247Q
54Lucrécia JardimPOR22.880.228
67Simone JacobsGBR22.960.204
72Sandy MyersESP23.200.197
88Heather SamuelANT23.540.228

Heat Four (19:00)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Dannette YoungUSA22.530.166Q
24Juliet CuthbertJAM22.620.186Q
33Irina PrivalovaRUS22.820.166Q
45Alenka BikarSLO22.890.176Q
58Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR23.480.179
61Patricia RodríguezCOL23.500.220
77Calister UbahNGR23.620.269
82Zhanna PintusevychUKR23.680.198

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (18:42)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Marie-José PérecFRA22.070.185Q
23Mary OnyaliNGR22.160.247Q
35Juliet CuthbertJAM22.240.180Q
47Inger MillerUSA22.330.191Q
56Dannette YoungUSA22.490.1892
62Cathy FreemanAUS22.780.234
71Natallia SafronnikavaBLR22.980.182
DNS8Irina PrivalovaRUS

Heat Two (18:53)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Merlene OtteyJAM22.080.199Q
26Galina MalchuginaRUS22.350.213Q
35Chandra SturrupBAH22.540.186Q
43Carlette Guidry-WhiteUSA22.560.231Q
52Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.760.156
67Melanie PaschkeGER22.810.194
78Alenka BikarSLO22.820.207
81Katerina KoffaGRE23.200.175

Final (1 August 1996 — 20:45)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Marie-José PérecFRA22.120.174
25Merlene OtteyJAM22.240.194
34Mary OnyaliNGR22.380.231
47Inger MillerUSA22.410.172
56Galina MalchuginaRUS22.450.198
68Chandra SturrupBAH22.540.165
71Juliet CuthbertJAM22.600.175
82Carlette Guidry-WhiteUSA22.610.207