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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's 200m

 

 

Host City: Athens. Greece Format: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to second round) (Aug 6)
Dates: August 1–10. 1997 Format: Second round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 6)
Nations participating: 198 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 7)
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
Ottey’s record in this event at the World Championships had been extraordinary: second in 1983. third in 1987 and 1991. winner in 1993 and 1995. Sweeping into the straight (11.14 at 100) with a narrow lead over Pintusevich (11.16) and a metre clear at 150 she looked set to retain the title. but lost training through illness took its toll and she faded to third. Nevertheless. in beoming the oldest ever women’s medallist she brought her World Championships medal tally to a record 14. the next best being ten by Carl Lewis. Pintusevich. a revelation at this distance in 1997. made up for her disappointment in the 100m by taking the gold medal in 22.32. her best time at sea level. but a bigger surprise was the identity of the runnerup. Jayasinghe. who had never run faster than 22.95 before Athens. raised eyebrows with an Asian record of 22.44 in the first round and improved again to 22.33 behind Ottey in her semi. In the final she ran almost as quickly to become the first Sri Lankan to take a global medal since Duncan White was second for Ceylon in the 1948 Olympic 400m hurdles. That fleeting Asian record of 22.44 was tied by China’s Li Xuemei in a later heat but she failed to survive the second round. Olympic Champion Pérec withdrew from her semi after pulling a muscle warming up.
 These are the results of the women's 200 metres event at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens. Greece

Records

World Record  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 21.34 Seoul. South Korea 29 September 1988
Championship Record  Silke Gladisch-Möller (GDR) 21.74 Rome. Italy 3 September 1987
 
  200m 8 August -0.7

Event Report Women 200m Finals

Zhanna Pintusevich of Ukraine took her second medal of these championships in the women’s 200m, winning in 22.32 and denying Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey her third straight world 200m title. Ottey, however, won her 14th World Championships medal, a record, by finishing third in 22.40. She was just beaten for second by Susanthika Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka who ran 22.39 to give her country its first athletics medal at any major championships since Duncan White won the 400 hurdles silver medal at the 1948 London Olympics. At that time, the nation was known by its colonial name, Ceylon. The race: Ottey, in lane three, flew out of the blocks and was up on Jayasinghe, in lane four, by the crown of the bend. Pintusevich, in lane five, also ran a fast turn but was a metre or two down on Ottey as they hit the straight; Jayasinghe was further back still. In the straight Pintusevich’s strength began to tell as Ottey started to tie up. The champion was struggling from the 150m mark and Pintusevich caught her with 10 metres to go. Jayasinghe, coming fast in the lane between them, took advantage of Ottey’s failing form and dipped for the silver medal at the line.
  Final
1 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 22.32
2 Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI 17 Dec 75 22.39
3 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 22.40
4 Yekaterina Grigoryeva RUS 21 Apr 74 22.50
5 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 22.52
6 Marina Trandenkova RUS 7 Jan 67 22.65
7 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS 1 Oct 71 22.73
8 Sylviane Félix FRA 31 Oct 77 22.81

Event report women 200m semi finals

Jamaican Merlene Ottey, the 1993 and 1995 world champion recorded the fastest time of today’s semifinals of the 200 metres by winning the 2nd heat in 22.26. Ottey looked very relaxed and always in control of the race, and in Friday’s final will not face the woman who beat her at the 1996 Olympic games, France’s Marie-Jose Perec who withdrew from the 1st semifinal due to an injury. Second in Ottey’s semifinal was Sri Lanka’s Susanthika Jayasinghe who set an Asian record for the 2nd time in these championships, with 22.33. Third was the 1996 world junior champion, France’s Sylvianne Felix (22.57) and 4th, Russian Yekaterina Leshchova, with 22.59. The 1997 U.S. champion Inger Miller won the 1st heat in 22.59 (wind -2.3). Second was the 100 metres silver medallist, Ukrainian Zhanna Pintusevich with 22.65, 3rd Russian Marina Trandenkova (22.69), and 4th Oceania’s record holder and 1995 world indoor champion, Australian Melinda Gainsford-Taylor with 22.70. Greece’s Ekaterini Koffa was 5th in the 2nd heat with a season’s best of 22.70, but didn’t advance to the final.
  Semifinals 7 August
  Heat 1 -2.3
1 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 22.59
2 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 22.65
3 Marina Trandenkova RUS 7 Jan 67 22.69
4 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS 1 Oct 71 22.70
5 Merlene Frazer JAM 27 Dec 73 22.81
6 Juliet Campbell JAM 17 Mar 70 22.94
7 Xiaomei Liu CHN 23.03
- Marie-Jose Perec FRA DNS
  Heat 2 0.2
1 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 22.26
2 Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI 17 Dec 75 22.33
3 Sylviane Félix FRA 31 Oct 77 22.57
4 Yekaterina Grigoryeva RUS 21 Apr 74 22.59
5 Katerína Kóffa GRE 10 Apr 69 22.70
6 Zundra Feagin USA 12 Jul 73 22.92
7 Juliet Cuthbert JAM 23.03
- Petya Pendareva BUL DNS

Event report women 200m heats round 2

Athletes in the 200m second round faced a variety of conditions. In two of the races, there was a huge negative wind ( -2.4 in the 1st and -3.1 in the 3rd). However, in the 2nd heat the wind was +0.3 and in the 4th heat it was +0.0. Fastest of the round was Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (Australia), who won heat 4 in 22.45. Second fastest was Susanthika Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka) with 22.47. She was the winner in heat 2. Merlene Ottey (Jamaica) was the winner of heat 2 in 22.65 (against a 2.4 headwind). Marie-Jose Perec (France) also battled strong winds, taking the third heat in 22.69 against a stiff 3.1 gust. Many good names were left out of the next round, in part because the fickle nature of the winds contributed to the fact that all of the time-based qualifiers came out of the final heat. In the first heat, Li Xuemei (China), who ran an Asian Record of 22.44 in heats; and Hana Benesova, U23 European Champion, 22.76 in heats, were not able to make it. In heat 2, Cheryl Taplin (USA) and Chandra Sturrup (Bahamas) were left out. Heat 3 non-qualifiers included Pauline Davis (Bahamas) and Melanie Paschke (Germany).
  Quarterfinals 6 August
  Heat 1 -2.4
1 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 22.65
2 Yekaterina Grigoryeva RUS 21 Apr 74 22.91
3 Ekaterini Koffa GRE 23.05
4 Xuemei Li CHN 23.06
5 Lucrecia Jardim POR 23.16
6 Hana Benesova CZE 23.34
7 Lauren Hewitt AUS 23.53
8 Katharine Merry GBR 23.98
  Heat 2 0.3
1 Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI 17 Dec 75 22.47
2 Marina Trandenkova RUS 7 Jan 67 22.63
3 Juliet Cuthbert JAM 9 Apr 64 22.83
4 Yan Jiankui CHN 19 Mar 76 22.97
5 Cheryl Taplin USA 23.07
6 Chandra Sturrup BAH 23.07
7 Katia Benth FRA 23.20
8 Simmone Jacobs GBR 23.49
  Heat 3 -3.1
1 Marie-José Pérec FRA 9 May 68 22.69
2 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 22.85
3 Merlene Frazer JAM 27 Dec 73 22.92
4 Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH 23.13
5 Melanie Paschke GER 23.22
6 Felipa Palacios COL 23.34
7 Alenka Bikar SLO 23.43
8 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllonen FIN 23.52
  Heat 4 0.0
1 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS 1 Oct 71 22.45
2 Sylviane Félix FRA 31 Oct 77 22.56
3 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 22.56
4 Juliet Campbell JAM 17 Mar 70 22.75
5 Zundra Feagin USA 12 Jul 73 22.81
6 Petya Pendareva BUL 20 Jan 71 22.90
7 Liu Xiaomei CHN 11 Jan 72 22.95
8 Shanta Ghosh GER 23.62

Event report women 200m heats

Two new Asian records were the best times of the women’s 200m 1st round. Sri Lanka’s Susanthika Jayasinghe won the 4th heat in 22.44. She improved the former area record by 12 hundredths of second, and her personal best by 51/100ths. Chinese Li Xuemei took the 7th heat and equaled Jayasinghe’s mark. Xuemei entered the event with a personal best of 22.60. Both performances had the same wind reading, +1.8 m/s. Overall the first round of this event didn’t produce any big surprises. The 1996 Olympic champion, France’s Marie-Jose Perec won the 3rd heat with 22.87 (wind -1.4). The silver medallist of the 100m, Ukrainian Zhanna Pintussevich took the 1st heat in 22.85. Oceania’s record holder, Australian Melinda Gainsford-Taylor won the 2nd in 22.76. Defending world champion, Jamaican Merlene Ottey was 3rd in Jayasinghe’s heat with 22.47, the same time as the 2nd place, Russian Yekaterina Leshchova, who set a personal best. Another Jamaican, Juliet Cuthbert was the winner of heat 5 in 23.08 (wind -2.0). In this race Russian Natalya Voronova (22.63 this year) did not finish due to an injury suffered at the 60m mark. The 1997 U.S. Champion Inger Miller won the 6th heat in 22.55, way ahead of the runner in 2nd, Chinese Liu Xiaomei (22.99). In the 7th heat, won by Xuemei, Czech Republic’s Hana Benesova, the European under 23 champion was 2nd in 22.76.
  Heats 6 August
  Heat 1 0.0
1 Zhanna Block UKR 6 Jul 72 22.85
2 Zundra Feagin USA 12 Jul 73 22.99
3 Melanie Paschke GER 23.10
4 Lauren Hewitt AUS 25 Nov 78 23.18
5 Katharine Merry GBR 23.20
6 Melissa Taylor BAR 23 Jan 76 23.45
7 Ameerah Bello ISV 24.31
  Heat 2 0.0
1 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS 1 Oct 71 22.76
2 Merlene Frazer JAM 27 Dec 73 22.91
3 Simmone Jacobs GBR 5 Sep 66 23.23
4 Shanta Ghosh GER 23.58
5 Aïda Diop SEN 27 Apr 70 23.71
6 Danielle Perpoli ITA 23.96
- Nadjina Kaltouma CHA DNS
  Heat 3 -1.4
1 Marie-José Pérec FRA 9 May 68 22.87
2 Marina Trandenkova RUS 7 Jan 67 22.94
3 Katerína Kóffa GRE 10 Apr 69 22.97
4 Jiankui Yan CHN 23.11
5 Felipa Palacios COL 23.15
6 Natalya Vinogradova-Safronnikova BLR 23.66
7 Svetlana Bodritskaya KZK 23.96
  Heat 4 1.8
1 Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI 17 Dec 75 22.44
2 Yekaterina Grigoryeva RUS 21 Apr 74 22.47
3 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 22.47
4 Sylviane Félix FRA 31 Oct 77 22.71
5 Petya Pendareva BUL 23.02
6 Gabriele Rockmeier GER 23.22
7 Patricia Rodríguez COL 25 Oct 70 23.45
8 Verneta Lesforis LCA 4 May 75 24.27
  Heat 5 -2.0
1 Juliet Cuthbert JAM 23.08
2 Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH 23.26
3 Cheryl Taplin USA 23.28
4 Katia Benth FRA 23.33
5 Marina Filipovic YUG 23.54
6 Heather Samuel ANT 23.93
7 Sittina Djabiri COM 30.88
- Natalya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova RUS DNF
  Heat 6 -0.8
1 Inger Miller USA 12 Jun 72 22.55
2 Liu Xiaomei CHN 11 Jan 72 22.99
3 Juliet Campbell JAM 17 Mar 70 23.00
4 Lucrécia Jardim POR 28 Jan 71 23.04
5 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllonen FIN 23.17
6 Monika Gachevska BUL 23.55
7 Dora Kyriakou CYP 24.08
8 Laure Kuetey BEN 25.15
  Heat 7 1.8
1 Li Xuemei CHN 5 Jan 77 22.44
2 Hana Benešová CZE 19 Apr 75 22.76
3 Chandra Sturrup BAH 12 Sep 71 22.77
4 Alenka Bikar SLO 7 Jan 74 22.81
5 Ladonna Antoine CAN 23.86
6 Georgette Nkoma CMR 24.53
7 Rossa Maira PNG 25.02
8 Fanta Dao MLI 25.35

Heat 1 06 AUG 1997 11:15

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
2 Zhanna Block UKR UKR 22.17 22.17
3 Zundra Feagin-Alexander USA USA 22.30 23.27
4 Lauren Hewitt AUS AUS 23.09 23.09
5 Katharine Merry GBR GBR 22.77 22.77
6 Melanie Paschke GER GER 22.60  
7 Ameerah Bello ISV ISV 23.45 24.34i
8 Melissa Straker BAR BAR    

Heat 2 06 AUG 1997 11:22

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
2 Aïda Diop SEN SEN    
3 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor AUS AUS 22.23 22.23
4 Simmone Jacobs GBR GBR 22.96  
5 Merlene Frazer JAM JAM 22.65 22.66
6 Kaltouma Nadjina CHA CHA 23.10 23.10
7 Shanta Ghosh GER GER    
8 Danielle Perpoli ITA ITA    

Heat 3 06 AUG 1997 11:29

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
2 Ekateríni Kóffa GRE GRE 22.67 22.76i
3 Svetlana Bodritskaya KAZ KAZ 23.25i 23.25i
4 Marie-José Pérec FRA FRA 21.99 22.67
5 Natallia Safronnikava BLR BLR 22.98 23.34
6 Jiankui Yan CHN CHN 23.21 23.73i
7 Marina Trandenkova RUS RUS 22.44 22.44
8 Felipa Alicia Palacios COL COL 24.12  

Heat 4 06 AUG 1997 11:36

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Vernetta Lesforis LCA LCA    
2 Merlene Ottey JAM JAM 21.64 22.47
3 Sylviane Félix FRA FRA 22.94 22.94
4 Gabi Rockmeier GER GER 23.02  
5 Ekaterina Grigorieva RUS RUS 23.00 23.00i
6 Patricia Rodríguez COL COL 23.13  
7 Susanthika Jayasinghe SRI SRI 23.16  
8 Petya Pendareva BUL BUL 22.78  

Heat 5 06 AUG 1997 11:43

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH BAH 22.44 23.00
2 Cheryl Taplin USA USA 22.92 22.92
3 Sittina Djabiri COM COM    
4 Katia Benth FRA FRA    
5 Natalya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova RUS RUS 22.35 22.85
6 Heather Samuel ANT ANT 23.20  
7 Juliet Cuthbert JAM JAM 21.75 22.62i
8 Marina Filipovic SCG SCG 23.28 23.28

Heat 6 06 AUG 1997 11:50

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Lucrécia Jardim POR POR 22.88  
2 Monika Gachevska BUL BUL 23.30 23.72i
3 Xiaomei Liu CHN CHN    
4 Juliet Campbell JAM JAM 22.61 22.61
5 Laure Kuetey BEN BEN 25.57  
6 Dora Kyriakou CYP CYP 23.52  
7 Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllönen FIN FIN 23.01 23.58
8 Inger Miller USA USA 22.25 22.48

Heat 7 06 AUG 1997 11:57

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Georgette Nkoma CMR CMR 23.66  
2 LaDonna Antoine-Watkins CAN CAN    
3 Hana Benešová CZE CZE 22.57 22.57
4 Rossa Maira PNG PNG    
5 Fanta Dao MLI MLI    
6 Xuemei Li CHN CHN    
7 Alenka Bikar SLO SLO 22.82 23.13
8 Chandra Sturrup BAH BAH 22.33 22.97
 

 

 

 

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