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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Women's 200 m

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 29, 1956 Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: November 30, 1956
(Competitors: 27; Countries: 13; Finalists: 6)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF 1956_melbournestadium.jpg 
Cuthbert emerged as a world beater two months before the Games, improving her best by 0.7 to set a world record of 23.2. The only runner to duck below 24 seconds in the preliminaries, Cuthbert set herself up as favourite with times of 23.5 (23.60) and 23.6 (23.75), with June Paul next fastest at 23.8 (24.00). In the final Cuthbert led by a metre off the curve and won by three times that margin from Stubnick and Mathews to equal the Olympic record, though the time was actually 0.04 seconds quicker than Jackson’s 23.4/23.59 from the Helsinki semis.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
In September 1956, Betty Cuthbert broke the world record with a time of 23.2. In the preliminaries she ran the fastest time in both round one and the semi-finals. The final was an easy victory for Cuthbert, the “Golden Girl,” who had won the 100 four days prior. She would add a third gold medal by anchoring the relay for Australia.
 

Records

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

World record  Betty Cuthbert (AUS) 23.2 Sydney, Australia September 16, 1956
Olympic record  Marjorie Jackson (AUS) 23.4 Helsinki, Finland July 26, 1952
 
Results
200 m Women Final 30 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 23,55 Betty Cuthbert Australia AUS 18 WR 23.4 h
2 23,89 Christa Stubnick Germany GER 22 23.7 h
3 24,1 Marlene Mathews-Willard Australia AUS 22 23.8h
4 24,22 Norma Croker-Fleming Australia AUS 22 24.0 h
5 24,3 June Foulds-Paul Great Britain GBR 22 24.3 h
6 24,68 Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer Germany GER 24 24.3 h
200 m Women Semi-Finals Heat One 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 23,75 Q Betty Cuthbert Australia AUS 18 23.6 h
2 24,17 Q Christa Stubnick Germany GER 22 23.9 h
3 24,41 Q Norma Croker-Fleming Australia AUS 22 24.3 h
4 24,42 Mariya Itkina Soviet Union URS 24 24.3 h
5 24,66 Jean Scrivens Great Britain GBR 21 24.4 h
6 25,12 Barbara Lerczak-Janiszewska-Sobotta Poland POL 19 25.2 h
200 m Women Semi-Finals Heat Two 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 24,36 Q June Foulds-Paul Great Britain GBR 22 24.2 h
2 24,42 Q Marlene Mathews-Willard Australia AUS 22 24.3 h
3 24,48 Q Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer Germany GER 24 24.3 h
4 24,78 Heather Armitage Great Britain GBR 23 24.7 h
5 25,06 Mae Faggs United States USA 24 24.8 h
6 25,12 Vera Yugova Soviet Union URS 19 24.9 h
200 m Women Round One Heat One 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 23,6 Q Betty Cuthbert Australia AUS 18 23.5 h
2 24,99 Q Mae Faggs United States USA 24 24.9 h
3 25,86 Diane Matheson Canada CAN 20 25.7 h
4 26,37 Mary Klass Singapore SIN 21 26.3 h
5 26,57 Maeve Kyle Ireland IRL 28 26.4 h
200 m Women Round One Heat Two 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 24,31 Q Mariya Itkina Soviet Union URS 24 24.1 h
2 24,53 Q Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer Germany GER 24 24.4 h
3 24,83 Wilma Rudolph United States USA 16 24.6 h
4 25,19 Genowefa Minicka Poland POL 30 25.0 h
200 m Women Round One Heat Three 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 24,58 Q Christa Stubnick Germany GER 22 24.5 h
2 25,1 Q Norma Croker-Fleming Australia AUS 22 24.9 h
3 25,77 Giuseppina Leone Italy ITA 21 25.6 h
4 26,46 Meredith Ellis United States USA 15 26.3 h
200 m Women Round One Heat Four 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 24 Q June Foulds-Paul Great Britain GBR 22 23.8 h
2 25,13 Q Vera Yugova Soviet Union URS 19 24.9 h
3 25,33 Letizia Bertoni Italy ITA 19 25.2 h
4 25,73 Claudette Masdammer Guyana GUY 17 25.4 h
200 m Women Round One Heat Five 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 24,87 Q Heather Armitage Great Britain GBR 23 24.8 h
2 24,99 Q Barbara Lerczak-Janiszewska-Sobotta Poland POL 19 24.8 h
3 25,13 Simone Henry France FRA 18 25.0 h
4 25,27 Eleanor Haslam Canada CAN 17 25.3 h
5 25,48 Olga Kosheleva Soviet Union URS 24 25.3 h
200 m Women Round One Heat Six 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 24,16 Q Marlene Mathews-Willard Australia AUS 22 24.0 h
2 24,27 Q Jean Scrivens Great Britain GBR 21 24.3 h
3 25,05 Inge Fuhrmann Germany GER 20 24.7 h
4 25,12 Micheline Fluchot France FRA 22 24.9 h
5 26,17 Maureen Rever Canada CAN 18 26.1 h
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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