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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Women's 200 m

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 31, 1996 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals
Date Finished: August 1, 1996 Format: Top four in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 45: Countries: 32; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF    1996_olympic_stadium.jpg
Pérec was the fastest athlete in each round, with times of 22.62, 22.24 and 22.07 before the final. However, she was only marginally faster than Ottey who won the other semi-final in 22.08. The 400m winner towed Onyali (22.16), Cuthbert (22.24) and Miller (22.33) to fast times, while Malchugina (22.35) followed Ottey home. The Jamaican started best in the final, and led by half a metre from Sturrup and a metre from the rest at halfway. Pérec was fifth, but her strength in the 200m was known to be her finishing power. The Frenchwoman’s giant strides cut down the field in the straight, and she caught the tiring Ottey with 15m to go, and won going away by a metre. Ottey won her fourth medal in five 200m finals! Writing in the “ATFS” Golden Jubilee book in 2000, Swedish expert Lennart Julin noted that “a blatant lane violation by Pérec … passed unnoticed by both judges and media.”
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Merlene Ottey (JAM) was back and was favored again, by this time having won the World Championships in both 1993 and 1995. In 1995 she had defeated Irina Privalova (RUS) who had won the 1994 European Championships. But Privalova withdrew in Atlanta after the quarter-finals. America’s best hope seemed to be defending champion Gwen Torrence but she did not make the US team at the Olympic Trials. This seemed to leave it open for Ottey to finally win her gold medal but it was not to be. She led off the curve, but then was outrun by France’s Marie-José Pérec, who was considered stronger in the 400, and had already won that event a few days earlier. Ottey held on for the silver medal, her fourth in this event at the Olympics, with Nigeria’s Mary Onyali getting a surprising bronze.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 21.34 United States Florence Griffith Joyner Indianapolis, Indiana (USA) 16 July 1988
Olympic Record 21.34 United States Florence Griffith Joyner Seoul (KOR) 29 September 1988
 
        Results        
 
200 m Women     Final 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.12 0.3   Marie-José Pérec France FRA 9 May 68  
2 22.24 0.3   Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60  
3 22.38 0.3   Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68  
4 22.41 0.3   Inger Miller United States USA 12 Jun 72  
5 22.45 0.3   Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62  
6 22.54 0.3   Chandra Sturrup Bahamas BAH 12 Sep 71  
7 22.60 0.3   Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64  
8 22.61 0.3   Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68  
200 m Women     Semifinal 1 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.07 0.4   Marie-José Pérec France FRA 9 May 68  
2 22.16 0.4   Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68  
3 22.24 0.4   Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64  
4 22.33 0.4   Inger Miller United States USA 12 Jun 72  
5 22.49 0.4   Dannette Young United States USA 6 Oct 64  
6 22.78 0.4   Cathy Freeman Australia AUS 16 Feb 73  
7 22.98 0.4   Natallia Safronnikava Belarus BLR 28 Feb 73  
  DNS 0.4   Irina Privalova Russia RUS 22 Nov 68  
200 m Women     Semifinal 2 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.07 0.1   Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60  
2 22.35 0.1   Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62  
3 22.54 0.1   Chandra Sturrup Bahamas BAH 12 Sep 71  
4 22.56 0.1   Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68  
5 22.76 0.1   Melinda Gainsford-Taylor Australia AUS 1 Oct 71  
6 22.81 0.1   Melanie Paschke Germany GER 29 Jun 70  
7 22.82 0.1   Alenka Bikar Slovenia SLO 7 Jan 74 NUR
8 23.20 0.1   Katerína Kóffa Greece GRE 10 Apr 69  
200 m Women     Heat 1 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.51 0.5   Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68  
2 22.81 0.5   Chandra Sturrup Bahamas BAH 12 Sep 71  
3 22.91 0.5   Melinda Gainsford-Taylor Australia AUS 1 Oct 71  
4 23.15 0.5   Natallia Safronnikava Belarus BLR 28 Feb 73  
5 23.38 0.5   Sanna Kyllönen Finland FIN 9 Mar 71  
6 23.44 0.5   Monika Gachevska Bulgaria BUL 30 Jan 74  
7 23.66 0.5   Ameerah Bello United States Virgin Islands ISV 3 Oct 75  
200 m Women     Heat 2 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.61 0.3   Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60  
2 22.69 0.3   Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62  
3 22.84 0.3   Melanie Paschke Germany GER 29 Jun 70  
4 23.04 0.3   Katerína Kóffa Greece GRE 10 Apr 69  
5 23.17 0.3   Katharine Merry Great Britain GBR 21 Sep 74  
6 23.26 0.3   Savatheda Fynes Bahamas BAH 17 Oct 74  
7 23.30 0.3   Yan Jiankui China CHN 19 Mar 76  
8 23.44 0.3   Viktoriya Fomenko Ukraine UKR 2 Oct 70  
200 m Women     Heat 3 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.24 -0.4   Marie-José Pérec France FRA 9 May 68  
2 22.37 -0.4   Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68  
3 22.57 -0.4   Inger Miller United States USA 12 Jun 72  
4 22.74 -0.4   Cathy Freeman Australia AUS 16 Feb 73  
5 22.88 -0.4   Lucrécia Jardim Portugal POR 28 Jan 71 NR
6 22.96 -0.4   Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66  
7 23.20 -0.4   Sandra Myers Spain ESP 9 Jan 61  
8 23.54 -0.4   Heather Samuel Antigua and Barbuda ANT 6 Jul 70  
200 m Women     Heat 4 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.53 -0.2   Dannette Young United States USA 6 Oct 64  
2 22.62 -0.2   Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64  
3 22.82 -0.2   Irina Privalova Russia RUS 22 Nov 68  
4 22.89 -0.2   Alenka Bikar Slovenia SLO 7 Jan 74  
5 23.48 -0.2   Myra Wilkinson Puerto Rico PUR 5 May 65  
6 23.50 -0.2   Patricia Rodríguez Colombia COL 25 Oct 70  
7 23.62 -0.2   Calister Uba Nigeria NGR 15 Nov 73  
8 23.68 -0.2   Zhanna Block Ukraine UKR 6 Jul 72  
200 m Women     Heat 1 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.37 0.1   Carlette Guidry United States USA 4 Sep 68  
2 22.42 0.1   Mary Onyali Nigeria NGR 3 Feb 68  
3 22.93 0.1   Melanie Paschke Germany GER 29 Jun 70  
4 23.13 0.1   Patricia Rodríguez Colombia COL 25 Oct 70  
5 23.21 0.1   Yan Jiankui China CHN 19 Mar 76  
6 23.23 0.1   Myra Wilkinson Puerto Rico PUR 5 May 65  
7 24.05 0.1   Zlatka Georgieva-Radukanova Bulgaria BUL 20 Jul 69  
8 25.57 0.1   Laure Kuetey Benin BEN 6 Mar 71  
200 m Women     Heat 2 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.65 0.7   Dannette Young United States USA 6 Oct 64  
2 22.70 0.7   Melinda Gainsford-Taylor Australia AUS 1 Oct 71  
3 22.95 0.7   Lucrécia Jardim Portugal POR 28 Jan 71  
4 23.18 0.7   Viktoriya Fomenko Ukraine UKR 2 Oct 70  
5 23.18 0.7   Sandra Myers Spain ESP 9 Jan 61  
6 23.34 0.7   Calister Uba Nigeria NGR 15 Nov 73  
7 23.85 0.7   Dora Kyriacou Cyprus CYP 3 Jul 67  
8 26.64 0.7   M'Mah Touré Guinea GUI 3 Dec 78  
200 m Women     Heat 3 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 23.03 -0.2   Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica JAM 9 Apr 64  
2 23.16 -0.2   Irina Privalova Russia RUS 22 Nov 68  
3 23.25 -0.2   Cathy Freeman Australia AUS 16 Feb 73  
4 23.35 -0.2   Sanna Kyllönen Finland FIN 9 Mar 71  
5 23.52 -0.2   Mireille Donders Switzerland SUI 7 Jul 74  
6 23.63 -0.2   Maya Azarashvili Georgia GEO 6 Apr 64  
7 24.12 -0.2   Felipa Palácios Colombia COL 1 Dec 75  
8 26.25 -0.2   Lineo Shoai Lesotho LES 10 Jan 79  
200 m Women     Heat 4 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.82 1   Merlene Ottey Jamaica JAM 10 May 60  
2 23.14 1   Katharine Merry Great Britain GBR 21 Sep 74  
3 23.30 1   Monika Gachevska Bulgaria BUL 30 Jan 74  
4 23.34 1   Heather Samuel Antigua and Barbuda ANT 6 Jul 70  
5 23.45 1   Ameerah Bello United States Virgin Islands ISV 3 Oct 75  
6 23.69 1   Du Xiujie China CHN 27 Nov 71  
7 24.92 1   Guihermina Cruz Angola ANG 20 Jan 70  
200 m Women     Heat 5 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.63 0.1   Galina Malchugina Russia RUS 17 Dec 62  
2 22.63 0.1   Chandra Sturrup Bahamas BAH 12 Sep 71  
3 23.04 0.1   Beverly McDonald Jamaica JAM 15 Feb 70  
4 23.15 0.1   Zhanna Block Ukraine UKR 6 Jul 72  
5 23.36 0.1   Simmone Jacobs Great Britain GBR 5 Sep 66  
6 23.46 0.1   Tara Perry Canada CAN 20 Oct 74  
7 23.51 0.1   Marina Filipovic Yugoslavia YUG 22 Dec 70  
8 24.47 0.1   Kaltouma Nadjina Chad CHA 16 Nov 76  
200 m Women     Heat 6 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.62 -0.6   Marie-José Pérec France FRA 9 May 68  
2 22.74 -0.6   Inger Miller United States USA 12 Jun 72  
3 22.88 -0.6   Alenka Bikar Slovenia SLO 7 Jan 74  
4 23.09 -0.6   Katerína Kóffa Greece GRE 10 Apr 69  
5 23.14 -0.6   Natallia Safronnikava Belarus BLR 28 Feb 73  
6 23.39 -0.6   Savatheda Fynes Bahamas BAH 17 Oct 74  
7 23.68 -0.6   Georgette Nkoma Cameroon CMR 16 Jun 65  
8 24.88 -0.6   Lyudmila Dmitriadi Uzbekistan UZB 24 Sep 69  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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