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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's 200 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 28, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals
Date Finished: September 29, 1988 Format: Top three in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 59; Countries: 42; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF 1988_olympic_stadium.jpg 
After setting a US and Olympic record of 21.76 in the quarter-finals, Griffith Joyner broke the world record (of 21.71) with 21.56 in the first semi, after passing 100m in 11.24. She beat Ottey (22.07) by 5m, with 1987 World Champion Möller third in 22.15. Jackson won the other semi in 22.13, with previous world record holder Drechsler second in 22.27. Ottey passed 50m a metre up on Griffith Joyner, but the American caught up at the 100m mark and went 3m clear by 150m. Ottey had begun to slow because of tight hamstrings, and eventually had to give way to Drechsler for the bronze medal. Ottey’s tall graceful compatriot, Jackson, had moved from fifth at 100m to second at 150m, and she lost just one more metre to the flying Griffith Joyner in the last 50m, as the American broke the world record for the second time in 100 minutes.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
East Germany had two of the favorites in Heike Drechsler-Daute, who had twice equaled the world record of 21.71, once in winning the European title; and Silke Gladisch, the 1987 World Champion. America’s top bet was Florence Griffith Joyner, second in this event 1984, but with the East Germans absent. She had been dominant at the US Olympic Trials, running 21.77 in the semi-finals for an American record, and shattering the 100 world record in 10.49. In Seoul Griffith Joyner had already won the 100 by over three metres. In the 200 she broke the US and Olympic record in the quarter-finals with 21.76, and then in the semi-finals, posted a world record 21.56. The final was highly anticipated but it was not much of a race as FloJo destroyed the field, winning by four metres from Jamaica’s Grace Jackson with Drechsler another two metres back in third. Her world record time of 21.34 was considered Beamonesque and still stood as the world record 20 years later.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 21.71 East Germany Marita Koch Karl-Marx-Stadt (GDR) June 10, 1979
Olympic Record 21.81 United States Valerie Brisco-Hooks Los Angeles (USA) August 9, 1984

The following World and Olympic records were set during this competition.

DateEventAthleteTimeORWR
September 28, 1988 Quarterfinal  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 21.76 s OR  
September 29, 1988 Semifinal  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 21.56 s OR WR
September 29, 1988 Final  Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA) 21.34 s OR WR
 
Results

The Women's 200 metres at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entrylist of 60 competitors, with eight qualifying heats (60), four second-round races (32) and two semi-finals (16), before the final (8) took off on Thursday September 29, 1988.

At the 1988 Olympic Trials, her 21.77 American record already showed Florence Griffith-Joyner was going to be a contender against the East Germans who had dominated the sprints for the previous decade. Marita Koch had retired but her equal Heike Drechsler was here. In the quarter final round, Griffith-Joyner improved to 21.76, but then she had set the world record in the 100 metres in a pressure less quarter finals a month earlier. The semi-finals the following day showed she had more, her 21.56 was a .15 improvement on the world record. More than a quarter century later, the time still stands as the second fastest 200 metres ever run by a woman. The final was more impressive, Griffith-Joyner gradually making up the stagger on Grace Jackson to her outside and Merlene Ottey running about equal through the turn. From there she simply pulled away from the best in the world. The tall Jackson was able to separate from her Jamaican teammate but was still three long steps behind Griffith-Joyner. Inhibited by the tight turn of lane 1, Drechsler made a late rush on the inside to catch Ottey for bronze.

21.34 +1.3 knocked another .22 off her world record from earlier in the day. .37 taken from the world record on one day. The time has never been approached since. Jackson, in second place in this race missed the previous world record by .01 and did not look in contention. Five women have since surpassed Koch and Drechsler's world record, including 4th place Ottey twice.

200 m Women Final 29 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 21.34 1.3 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59 WR
2 21.72 1.3 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
3 21.95 1.3 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
4 21.99 1.3 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
5 22.09 1.3 Silke Möller East Germany GDR 20 Jun 64
6 22.17 1.3 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
7 22.33 1.3 Maya Azarashvili Soviet Union URS 6 Apr 64
8 22.42 1.3 Galina Malchugina Soviet Union URS 17 Dec 62
200 m Women Semifinal 1 29 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 21.56 1.7 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59 WR
2 22.07 1.7 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
3 22.15 1.7 Silke Möller East Germany GDR 20 Jun 64
4 22.33 1.7 Maya Azarashvili Soviet Union URS 6 Apr 64
5 22.43 1.7 Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68
6 22.59 1.7 Katrin Krabbe East Germany GDR 22 Nov 69
7 22.67 1.7 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
8 22.91 1.7 Andrea Thomas Jamaica JAM 6 Apr 63
200 m Women Semifinal 2 29 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.13 1.8 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
2 22.27 1.8 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
3 22.53 1.8 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
4 22.55 1.8 Galina Malchugina Soviet Union URS 17 Dec 62
5 22.67 1.8 Nadezhda Georgieva Bulgaria BUL 2 Sep 61
6 23.14 1.8 Paula Thomas Great Britain GBR 3 Dec 64
7 23.20 1.8 Agnieszka Siwek Poland POL 21 May 62
8 23.33 1.8 Regula Anliker-Aebi Switzerland SUI 12 Nov 65
200 m Women Heat 1 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 21.76 0.7 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59
2 22.37 0.7 Maya Azarashvili Soviet Union URS 6 Apr 64
3 22.38 0.7 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
4 22.88 0.7 Regula Anliker-Aebi Switzerland SUI 12 Nov 65 NR
5 23.01 0.7 Kerry Johnson Australia AUS 23 Oct 63
6 23.15 0.7 Silke Knoll West Germany FRG 21 Feb 67
7 23.48 0.7 Angela Williams Trinidad and Tobago TTO 15 May 65
8 23.63 0.7 Marie-Christine Cazier France FRA 23 Aug 63
200 m Women Heat 2 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.25 0.7 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
2 22.30 0.7 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
3 22.60 0.7 Nadezhda Georgieva Bulgaria BUL 2 Sep 61
4 22.67 0.7 Katrin Krabbe East Germany GDR 22 Nov 69
5 22.88 0.7 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria NGR 5 Dec 68
6 23.33 0.7 Rita Angotzi Italy ITA 12 Feb 67
7 23.34 0.7 Jolanta Janota Poland POL 6 Jul 64
8 23.59 0.7 Louise Stuart Great Britain GBR 18 May 67
200 m Women Heat 3 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.24 0.3 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
2 22.84 0.3 Andrea Thomas Jamaica JAM 6 Apr 63
3 22.86 0.3 Silke Möller East Germany GDR 20 Jun 64
4 23.04 0.3 Paula Thomas Great Britain GBR 3 Dec 64
5 23.22 0.3 Muriel Leroy France FRA 7 Jul 68
6 23.52 0.3 Marisa Masullo Italy ITA 8 May 59
7 23.59 0.3 Jocelyn Joseph Antigua and Barbuda ANT 11 Feb 64
8 23.96 0.3 Norfalia Carabalí Colombia COL 21 Jan 64
200 m Women Heat 4 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.77 -0.5 Galina Malchugina Soviet Union URS 17 Dec 62
2 22.89 -0.5 Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68
3 22.92 -0.5 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
4 22.96 -0.5 Agnieszka Siwek Poland POL 21 May 62
5 23.38 -0.5 Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66
6 23.67 -0.5 Maria Magnólia Figueirêdo Brazil BRA 11 Nov 63
7 23.87 -0.5 Karin Janke West Germany FRG 14 Oct 63
8 24.22 -0.5 Marie-José Pérec France FRA 9 May 68
200 m Women Heat 1 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.93 -0.3 Heike Drechsler East Germany GDR 16 Dec 64
2 23.10 -0.3 Agnieszka Siwek Poland POL 21 May 62
3 23.12 -0.3 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria NGR 5 Dec 68
4 23.76 -0.3 Angela Williams Trinidad and Tobago TTO 15 May 65
5 24.00 -0.3 Ximena Restrepo Colombia COL 10 Mar 69
6 25.42 -0.3 Felicité Bada Benin BEN 14 Mar 62
7 26.08 -0.3 Mariama Ouiminga Burkina Faso BUR 24 Jan 70
200 m Women Heat 2 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.80 0.9 Nadezhda Georgieva Bulgaria BUL 2 Sep 61
2 22.82 0.9 Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68
3 22.92 0.9 Andrea Thomas Jamaica JAM 6 Apr 63
4 23.59 0.9 Rita Angotzi Italy ITA 12 Feb 67
5 24.06 0.9 Marina Skourti Greece GRE 16 May 62
6 24.51 0.9 Ruth Morris United States Virgin Islands ISV 7 Oct 66
7 24.79 0.9 Agnes Griffith Grenada GRN 6 Mar 69
8 25.35 0.9 Ng Ka Yi Hong Kong HKG 9 Sep 66
200 m Women Heat 3 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.85 1.2 Galina Malchugina Soviet Union URS 17 Dec 62
2 23.07 1.2 Silke Möller East Germany GDR 20 Jun 64
3 23.40 1.2 Jolanta Janota Poland POL 6 Jul 64
4 23.57 1.2 Jocelyn Joseph Antigua and Barbuda ANT 11 Feb 64
5 23.58 1.2 Marisa Masullo Italy ITA 8 May 59
6 24.94 1.2 Woo Yang-Ja South Korea KOR 4 Mar 71
7 25.46 1.2 Melvina Vulah Liberia LBR 21 Dec 65
8 26.16 1.2 Erin Tierney Cook Islands COK 29 Jun 70
200 m Women Heat 4 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 23.06 0.7 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
2 23.49 0.7 Marie-José Pérec France FRA 9 May 68
3 23.51 0.7 Silke Knoll West Germany FRG 21 Feb 67
4 23.61 0.7 Louise Stuart Great Britain GBR 18 May 67
5 24.26 0.7 Joyce Odhiambo Kenya KEN 29 Jun 63
6 24.39 0.7 Oliver Acii Uganda UGA 24 May 68
7 25.20 0.7 Judith Diankolela Missengui Congo CGO 12 Feb 68
8 25.74 0.7 Evelyne Farrell Aruba ARU 10 Apr 60 NR
200 m Women Heat 5 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.51 0.7 Florence Griffith-Joyner United States USA 21 Dec 59
2 23.14 0.7 Katrin Krabbe East Germany GDR 22 Nov 69
3 23.19 0.7 Muriel Leroy France FRA 7 Jul 68
4 23.22 0.7 Regula Anliker-Aebi Switzerland SUI 12 Nov 65
5 24.08 0.7 Zhang Xiaoqiong China CHN 10 Jul 66
6 24.95 0.7 Yvette Bonapart Suriname SUR 5 Jan 65
7 25.62 0.7 Guihermina Cruz Angola ANG 20 Jan 70
200 m Women Heat 6 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.66 0 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
2 22.98 0 Maya Azarashvili Soviet Union URS 6 Apr 64
3 23.78 0 Norfalia Carabalí Colombia COL 21 Jan 64
4 23.81 0 Yolanda Straughn Barbados BAR 18 Mar 68
5 24.42 0 Gailey Dube Zimbabwe ZIM 25 Jul 69 NJR
6 24.91 0 Yvonne Hasler Liechtenstein LIE 13 Oct 68
7 25.81 0 Aminata Diarra Mali MLI 24 Feb 70
200 m Women Heat 7 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.87 0.6 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
2 23.08 0.6 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
3 23.20 0.6 Kerry Johnson Australia AUS 23 Oct 63
4 23.47 0.6 Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66
5 23.50 0.6 Marie-Christine Cazier France FRA 23 Aug 63
6 24.46 0.6 Claudia Acerenza Uruguay URU 15 Jan 66
7 25.03 0.6 Chen Ya-Li Chinese Taipei TPE 2 Apr 69
200 m Women Heat 8 28 September
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 23.32 0.6 Paula Thomas Great Britain GBR 3 Dec 64
2 23.71 0.6 Maria Magnólia Figueirêdo Brazil BRA 11 Nov 63
3 23.83 0.6 Karin Janke West Germany FRG 14 Oct 63
4 24.01 0.6 Xie Zhiling China CHN 8 Dec 63
5 26.88 0.6 Olivette Daruhi Vanuatu VAN 12 May 68
6 31.12 0.6 Rosa Mbuamangongo Equatorial Guinea GEQ 2 Jun 69
DNF 0.6 Pam Marshall United States USA 16 Aug 60
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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