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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Women's 200 m

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1992 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals
Date Finished: August 6, 1992 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 51; Countries: 40; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
After the 100m final, Torrence caused a furor by suggesting that two of the medallists had taken drugs, but then retracted her statement, effectively increasing the pressure on herself for the 200m. Nevertheless, she had the fastest time before the final with her semi-final win in 21.72, ahead of Cuthbert (21.75) and Privalova (22.08). Ottey qualified for her fourth 200m final by winning her semi-final by 2m from Guidry in 22.12. The eight finalists represented just three countries. The four principals occupying the central lanes were even coming off the turn, with Torrence timed in 11.27. Torrence blasted away from Cuthbert and Ottey to win by 2m in 21.81.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Katrin Krabbe (GER) had won the 1991 World Championships and the 1990 Europeans. A tall, attractive blond, the former East German seemed about to capitalize on her fame with endorsements not previously available to her. But early in 1992 she and some of her teammates went to train in South Africa. There were accusations that this was done to avoid drug testing and the Germans responded by sending a testing team down there. All of the women tested negative but then it was revealed that all of the urine samples had come from the same person. They were all suspended for four years by the German Track Federation, but after appeals to the IAAF this was revoked. However, in June Krabbe withdrew from the Olympics, because of the stress she had been through in the past few months. In July she did test positive, this time for clenbuterol, and she never competed again.
With Krabbe out, the favorite's role fell to Jamaica's Merlene Ottey who had had been bronze medalist in 1980 and placed fourth in 1984. She had won medals at all three World Championships, though never a gold, and was 1990 Commonwealth Champion. Her biggest challenge was expected to come from American Gwen Torrence. Torrence was considered a possibility to win the 100/200 but a few days earlier had finished fourth in the 100. She then claimed that )Two of the three medalists are not clean. I'm sick and tired of it.) The 100 medalists had been Gail Devers (USA/gold), Juliet Cuthbert (JAM/silver), and Irina Privalova (EUN/bronze). Torrence never said who the two were, and a few days later she retracted her statement but it added to the controversy of the 200. In the final Torrence, Privalova, Cuthbert and Ottey were drawn in the middle of the track. The four were even as they came off the turn but Torrence was the strongest on the run-in and won by over 2/10ths from Cuthbert.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 21.34 United States Florence Griffith-Joyner Seoul (KOR) September 29, 1988
Olympic Record 21.34 United States Florence Griffith-Joyner Seoul (KOR) September 29, 1988
 
Results
200 m Women Final 6 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 21.81 -0.6 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
2 22.02 -0.6 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
3 22.09 -0.6 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
4 22.19 -0.6 Irina Privalova Russia RUS 22 Nov 68
5 22.30 -0.6 Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68
6 22.58 -0.6 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
7 22.60 -0.6 Michelle Burrell United States USA 8 May 65
8 22.63 -0.6 Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62
200 m Women Semifinal 1 5 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.12 -1.6 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
2 22.31 -1.6 Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68
3 22.44 -1.6 Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62
4 22.58 -1.6 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
5 22.60 -1.6 Silke Knoll Germany GER 21 Feb 67
6 22.61 -1.6 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
7 23.08 -1.6 Elinda Vorster South Africa RSA 8 Sep 65
8 23.26 -1.6 Sisko Hanhijoki Finland FIN 25 Apr 62
200 m Women Semifinal 2 5 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 21.72 -0.1 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
2 21.75 -0.1 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
3 22.08 -0.1 Irina Privalova Russia RUS 22 Nov 68
4 22.39 -0.1 Michelle Burrell United States USA 8 May 65
5 22.60 -0.1 Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68
6 23.01 -0.1 Jennifer Stoute Great Britain GBR 16 Apr 65
7 23.03 -0.1 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor Australia AUS 1 Oct 71
DNS -0.1 Anelia Nuneva Bulgaria BUL 30 Jun 62
200 m Women Heat 1 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.01 0 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
2 22.42 0 Michelle Burrell United States USA 8 May 65
3 22.44 0 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
4 22.46 0 Silke Knoll Germany GER 21 Feb 67
5 22.50 0 Marina Trandenkova Russia RUS 7 Jan 67
6 22.93 0 Wang Huei-Chen Chinese Taipei TPE 21 Feb 70
7 23.61 0 Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66
8 23.64 0 Valérie Jean-Charles France FRA 27 Jan 69
200 m Women Heat 2 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.21 0 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
2 22.59 0 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
3 22.99 0 Elinda Vorster South Africa RSA 8 Sep 65
4 23.09 0 Sisko Hanhijoki Finland FIN 25 Apr 62
5 23.09 0 Lucrécia Jardim Portugal POR 28 Jan 71 NUR
6 23.63 0 Laloa Ravaonirina Madagascar MAD 8 Nov 63
7 23.89 0 Damayanthi Dharsha Sri Lanka SRI 13 Feb 75
8 24.06 0 Georgette Nkoma Cameroon CMR 16 Jun 65
200 m Women Heat 3 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.22 1.2 Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62
2 22.26 1.2 Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68
3 22.62 1.2 Anelia Nuneva Bulgaria BUL 30 Jun 62
4 22.73 1.2 Jennifer Stoute Great Britain GBR 16 Apr 65
5 23.10 1.2 Sabine Rieger Germany GER 6 Nov 63
6 23.75 1.2 Iolanda Oanta Romania ROU 11 Oct 65
7 23.80 1.2 Karen Clarke Canada CAN 7 Oct 71
8 24.12 1.2 Heather Samuel Antigua and Barbuda ANT 6 Jul 70
200 m Women Heat 4 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 21.94 -0.9 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
2 22.45 -0.9 Irina Privalova Russia RUS 22 Nov 68
3 22.60 -0.9 Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68
4 23.03 -0.9 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor Australia AUS 1 Oct 71
5 23.19 -0.9 Andrea Thomas Jamaica JAM 6 Apr 63
6 23.41 -0.9 Karin de Lange Netherlands NED 15 Jan 64
7 23.41 -0.9 Sabine Tröger Austria AUT 7 Jun 67
8 24.26 -0.9 Ruth Morris United States Virgin Islands ISV 7 Oct 66
200 m Women Heat 1 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 23.06 0.7 Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68
2 23.22 0.7 Irina Privalova Russia RUS 22 Nov 68
3 23.26 0.7 Lucrécia Jardim Portugal POR 28 Jan 71
4 23.82 0.7 Damayanthi Dharsha Sri Lanka SRI 13 Feb 75
5 23.86 0.7 Melissa Medlicott Australia AUS 7 Jun 68
6 24.19 0.7 Olga Mutanda Cote d'Ivoire CIV 3 Apr 67
7 25.07 0.7 Vaciseva Tavaga Fiji FIJ 16 Nov 73
200 m Women Heat 2 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.95 0.3 Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60
2 23.15 0.3 Jennifer Stoute Great Britain GBR 16 Apr 65
3 23.27 0.3 Sisko Hanhijoki Finland FIN 25 Apr 62
4 23.37 0.3 Wang Huei-Chen Chinese Taipei TPE 21 Feb 70
5 23.52 0.3 Andrea Thomas Jamaica JAM 6 Apr 63
6 24.45 0.3 My Linh Truong Hoang Vietnam VIE 27 Jun 69
7 24.64 0.3 Zoila Stewart Lee Costa Rica CRC 1 Nov 68
200 m Women Heat 3 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.99 0.2 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64
2 23.14 0.2 Elinda Vorster South Africa RSA 8 Sep 65
3 23.47 0.2 Pauline Davis-Thompson Bahamas BAH 9 Jul 66
4 24.09 0.2 Heather Samuel Antigua and Barbuda ANT 6 Jul 70
5 24.15 0.2 Maguy Nestoret France FRA 28 Jul 69
6 24.59 0.2 Ngozi Mwanamwambwa Zambia ZAM 26 Feb 71
7 24.76 0.2 Nednapa Chommuak Thailand THA 9 Aug 71
8 25.28 0.2 Deirdre Caruana Malta MLT 26 Oct 72
200 m Women Heat 4 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.83 0 Silke Knoll Germany GER 21 Feb 67
2 23.00 0 Michelle Burrell United States USA 8 May 65
3 23.53 0 Karin de Lange Netherlands NED 15 Jan 64
4 23.90 0 Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66
5 24.50 0 Ágnes Kozáry Hungary HUN 28 Sep 66
6 24.56 0 Prisca Phillips Barbados BAR
DNF 0 Oumou Sow Guinea GUI 70
200 m Women Heat 5 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 23.08 0.5 Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62
2 23.41 0.5 Sabine Rieger Germany GER 6 Nov 63
3 23.72 0.5 Sabine Tröger Austria AUT 7 Jun 67
4 24.17 0.5 Ruth Morris United States Virgin Islands ISV 7 Oct 66
5 25.03 0.5 Dawnette Douglas Bermuda BER 21 Jul 71
6 26.03 0.5 Manda Kanoute Mali MLI 63
DQ 0.5 Chen Zhaojing China CHN 5 Apr 69
200 m Women Heat 6 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.82 1.3 Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68
2 23.18 1.3 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor Australia AUS 1 Oct 71
3 23.32 1.3 Anelia Nuneva Bulgaria BUL 30 Jun 62
4 23.57 1.3 Karen Clarke Canada CAN 7 Oct 71
5 23.69 1.3 Valérie Jean-Charles France FRA 27 Jan 69
6 24.15 1.3 Gailey Dube Zimbabwe ZIM 25 Jul 69
7 24.67 1.3 Melrose Mansaray Sierra Leone SLE 19 Jul 72
DQ 1.3 Jacqueline Soliz Bolivia BOL 22 Sep 64
200 m Women Heat 7 3 August
Rank Mark Wind Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.66 -0.7 Gwen Torrence United States USA 12 Jun 65
2 22.72 -0.7 Grace Jackson Small Jamaica JAM 14 Jun 61
3 22.79 -0.7 Marina Trandenkova Russia RUS 7 Jan 67
4 23.58 -0.7 Laloa Ravaonirina Madagascar MAD 8 Nov 63
5 23.83 -0.7 Iolanda Oanta Romania ROU 11 Oct 65
6 23.85 -0.7 Georgette Nkoma Cameroon CMR 16 Jun 65
7 27.65 -0.7 Ruth Mangue Equatorial Guinea GEQ 23 Jun 75
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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