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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Women's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 17, 1968 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 19, 1968  
(Competitors: 24; Countries: 16; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Vera Nikolić, world record holder and European Champion, was hot favourite to win, but walked off the track after 300m of her semi-final, a victim of nerves, overtraining and the pressure to do well. Silai led in the final, passing 200m in 28.6 with Manning on her shoulder, and shortly after the bell the American took the lead. Manning passed 600m in 1:30.1 with Silai, Taylor and Brown closely behind, and she went away from the field off the final bend, with Silai edging Gommers for second more than 10m behind. Manning’s time was a US record and elevated her to third on the all-time list.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The favorite in 1968 was Vera Nikolić of Yugoslavia, who was the world record holder (2:00.5) and had won the 1966 European Championship. She won the first heat in round one. In the semi-final, she led for 300 metres and then oddly stepped off the track, walking back to the start line where she sat down and took off her shoes. There were many explanations given, but the actual reasons are not known. Some said she was overcome by psychological pressure, driven too hard by her coach, while others said the rarified air of México had her struggling for oxygen. But with Nikolić out, the way was open for America's Madeline Manning, who had won the 1967 AAU in 2:03.6. But the favorite's in the final probably fell to Dutchwoman Mia Gommers. In the final Manning went to the lead at the bell and nobody could pass her, as she won by almost 15 metres in an Olympic record 2:00.9. Romania's Ileana Silai edged Gommers for the silver.
 
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Vera Nikolić (YUG) 2:00.5 London, United Kingdom July 20, 1968
Olympic record  Ann Packer (GBR) 2:01.1 Tokyo, Japan October 20, 1964
 
        Results          
   
800 m Women     Final 19 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.00.92     Madeline Manning-Jackson United States USA 20 OR 2.00.9 h
2 2.02.58     Ileana Silai Romania ROU 26   2.02.5 h
3 2.02.63     Mia Gommers Netherlands NED 29   2.02.6 h
4 2.03.81     Sheila Taylor-Carey Great Britain GBR 22   2.03.8 h
5 2.03.98     Doris Brown United States USA 26   2.03.9 h
6 2.04.25     Pat Lowe-Cropper Great Britain GBR 25   2.04.2 h
7 2.06.99     Abby Hoffman Canada CAN 21   2.06.8 h
8 2.08.28     Maryvonne Dupureur France FRA 31   2.08.2 h
800 m Women     Semi-Finals Heat One 18 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.05.82   Q Madeline Manning-Jackson United States USA 20   2.05.8 h
2 2.05.94   Q Ileana Silai Romania ROU 26   2.05.9 h
3 2.06.62   Q Pat Lowe-Cropper Great Britain GBR 25   2.06.6 h
4 2.07.03   Q Abby Hoffman Canada CAN 21   2.07.0 h
5 2.08.41     Karin Burneleit East Germany GDR 25   2.08.4 h
6 2.08.54     Anna Zimina Soviet Union URS 29   2.08.5 h
7 2.14.88     Ilja Keizer-Laman Netherlands NED 24   2.14.8 h
AC       Vera Nikolić Yugoslavia YUG 20    
800 m Women     Semi-Finals Heat Two 18 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.05.13   Q Mia Gommers Netherlands NED 29   2.05.1 h
2 2.05.23   Q Doris Brown United States USA 26   2.05.2 h
3 2.05.29   Q Sheila Taylor-Carey Great Britain GBR 22   2.05.2 h
4 2.05.58   Q Maryvonne Dupureur France FRA 31   2.05.5 h
5 2.06.09     Laine Erik Soviet Union URS 26   2.06.0 h
6 2.07.27     Sylvia Potts New Zealand NZL 25   2.07.2 h
7 2.07.82     Paola Pigni Italy ITA 22   2.07.8 h
8 2.13.59     Jaroslava Jehličková Czechoslovakia TCH 26   2.13.5 h
800 m Women     Round One Heat One 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.05.78   Q Vera Nikolić Yugoslavia YUG 20   2.05.7 h
2 2.06.52   Q Laine Erik Soviet Union URS 26   2.06.5 h
3 2.06.72   Q Paola Pigni Italy ITA 22   2.06.7 h
4 2.07.13   Q Karin Burneleit East Germany GDR 25   2.07.1 h
5 2.07.34     Francie Kraker United States USA 21   2.07.3 h
6 2.10.92     Elizabeth Chesire Kenya KEN 18   2.10.9 h
800 m Women     Round One Heat Two 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.04.06   Q Mia Gommers Netherlands NED 29   2.04.0 h
2 2.04.11   Q Ileana Silai Romania ROU 26   2.04.1 h
3 2.04.17   Q Sheila Taylor-Carey Great Britain GBR 22   2.04.1 h
4 2.04.48   Q Anna Zimina Soviet Union URS 29   2.04.4 h
5 2.08.18     Barbara Wieck East Germany GDR 17   2.08.5 h
6 2.09.23     Channa Shezifi Israel ISR 24   2.09.2 h
800 m Women     Round One Heat Three 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.09.55   Q Maryvonne Dupureur France FRA 31   2.09.5 h
2 2.09.54   Q Doris Brown United States USA 26   2.09.5 h
3 2.09.57   Q Pat Lowe-Cropper Great Britain GBR 25   2.09.5 h
4 2.09.63   Q Sylvia Potts New Zealand NZL 25   2.09.6 h
5 2.09.67     Eeva Haimi Finland FIN 22   2.09.6 h
6 2.10.59     Tilly van der Made-van der Zwaard Netherlands NED 30   2.10.5 h
800 m Women     Round One Heat Four 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.08.74   Q Madeline Manning-Jackson United States USA 20   2.08.7 h
2 2.08.94   Q Abby Hoffman Canada CAN 21   2.08.9 h
3 2.08.96   Q Jaroslava Jehličková Czechoslovakia TCH 26   2.08.9 h
4 2.08.96   Q Ilja Keizer-Laman Netherlands NED 24   2.08.9 h
5 2.09.01     Annelise Damm Olesen Denmark DEN 26   2.09.0 h
6 2.10.21     Joan Page-Allison Great Britain GBR 21   2.10.2 h
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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