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1983 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

1983 1st IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's 200m

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 4 & 8 fastest to second round) (Aug 12)
Dates: 7–14 August 1983 Format: Second round (First 4 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 12)
Nations participating: 153 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 13)
Athletes participating: 1,355
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
An early-season injury had led Marita Koch to contest the sprints in 1983 rather than her usual 400m, where she was the Olympic Champion. She was also regarded as the world’s best half-lap runner, but was given a close race by Ottey, who had been unbeaten all year. Koch (lane 6) had Ottey (lane 7) in her sights in the final and led by a metre as the start of the finishing straight. The GDR runner held this advantage until the final 50m, when Ottey inched closer, but Koch held on for victory. On the other side of the track, Cook edged ahead of Griffith for the bronze.

These are the official results of the Women's 200 metres event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total number of 44 participating athletes, with six qualifying heats and the final held on Sunday 1983-08-14.

Out of the blocks, world record holder Marita Koch in lane 6 slowly made up the stagger on Merlene Ottey in lane 7. By the time they hit the straightaway, Koch had two metres on Ottey who was about even with Florence Griffith in lane 1. Down the straightaway, Ottey steadily ate into Koch's lead while the long striding Kathy Smallwood-Cook came from behind to cruise past Griffith. Sensing the challenge from Ottey, Koch started to lean and struggle the last few steps, but realizing she had won she threw her arms up in victory.

Two years later, Koch would set the world record in the 400 metres to go along with her 200 world record. She would retire in 1987 with both records; the 400 record has never been beaten. Five years later, Griffith as Florence Griffith-Joyner would slice more than a second off her time to set the world record that lasts today. 6th place Grace Jackson would slice .9 off her time to finish second to Griffith-Joyner as the #9 performer of all time with Ottey a distant fourth in that race, still .2 faster than this race. Ottey became the (at the time) #2 performer of all time in 1990. Surpassed by Marion Jones in 1998 and Dafne Schippers in 2015, Ottey remains #4 on the all-time list after the longest career for an elite sprinter ever.

Records

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Marita Koch (GDR) 21.71 Chemnitz, East Germany June 10, 1979
Championship Record New event
 
 
  200m 14 August 1,5
  Final
1 Marita Koch GDR 18 Feb 57 22.13
2 Merlene Ottey JAM 10 May 60 22.19
3 Kathy Cook GBR 3 May 60 22.37
4 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA 21 Dec 59 22.46
5 Grace Jackson Small JAM 14 Jun 61 22.63
6 Anelia Nuneva BUL 30 Jun 62 22.68
7 Angela Bailey CAN 28 Feb 62 22.93
8 Ewa Kasprzyk POL 7 Sep 57 23.03
  Semifinals 13 August
  Heat 1 2,1
1 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA 22,41
2 Kathy Smallwood-Cook GBR 22,57
3 Anelia Nuneva BUL 22,62
4 Grace Jackson JAM 22,76
5 Helina Marjamaa FIN 22,86
6 Denise Robertson-Boyd AUS 23,26
7 Marisa Masullo ITA 23,36
8 Irina Olkhovnikova URS 23,38
  Heat 2 0,8
1 Marita Koch GDR 22,67
2 Merlene Ottey JAM 22,68
3 Angela Bailey CAN 22,82
4 Ewa Kasprzyk POL 23,02
5 Joan Baptiste GBR 23,24
6 Nadezhda Georgieva BUL 23,26
7 Randy Givens USA 23,34
8 Liliane Gaschet FRA 23,37
  Quarterfinals 12 August
  Heat 1 1,3
1 Grace Jackson JAM 23,06
2 Anelia Nuneva BUL 23,22
3 Denise Robertson-Boyd AUS 23,28
4 Irina Olkhovnikova URS 23,48
5 Dorthe A. Rasmussen DEN 23,61
6 Ute Thimm FRG 23,68
7 Lydia De Vega PHI 24,16
- Mary Mensah GHA DNS
  Heat 2 1,4
1 Kathy Smallwood-Cook GBR 22,78
2 Ewa Kasprzyk POL 22,93
3 Helina Marjamaa FIN 23,11
4 Nadezhda Georgieva BUL 23,14
5 Marie-Christine Cazier-Ballo FRA 23,30
6 Stepanka Sokolova TCH 23,75
7 Margarita Grun URU 24,59
8 Myong-Hee Mo KOR 24,74
  Heat 3 -0,3
1 Merlene Ottey JAM 22,38
2 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA 22,55
3 Angela Bailey CAN 23,25
4 Marisa Masullo ITA 23,58
5 Sandra Whittaker GBR 23,58
6 Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH 23,64
7 Rufina Ubah NGR 24,72
- Evelyne Farrell AHO DNS
  Heat 4 1,2
1 Marita Koch GDR 23,03
2 Joan Baptiste GBR 23,29
3 Liliane Gaschet FRA 23,38
4 Randy Givens USA 23,43
5 Lena Moller SWE 23,56
6 Yelena Vinogradova URS 23,60
7 Ruperta Charles ANT 24,09
- Elanga Buala PNG DNS
  Heats 12 August
  Heat 1 0,0
1 Joan Baptiste GBR 23,34
2 Marita Koch GDR 23,59
3 Liliane Gaschet FRA 23,60
4 Lydia De Vega PHI 24,45
5 Felicite Bada BEN 26,98
6 Marjorie Gentle BIZ 27,90
7 Annah Mathunjwa SWZ 29,38
  Heat 2 1,3
1 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA 23,05
2 Marie-Christine Cazier-Ballo FRA 23,55
3 Angela Bailey CAN 23,93
4 Ruperta Charles ANT 24,11
5 Koumba Kante GUI 27,86
6 Rose Phillips-King BVI 28,50
- Amie Ndow GAM DQ
  Heat 3 2,5
1 Kathy Smallwood-Cook GBR 23,20
2 Marisa Masullo ITA 23,37
3 Nadezhda Georgieva BUL 23,53
4 Stepanka Sokolova TCH 23,82
5 Rufina Ubah NGR 24,12
6 Margarita Grun URU 24,84
7 Sandra Liburd STK 26,13
8 Cornelia Baptiste STL 26,29
  Heat 4 -0,7
1 Grace Jackson JAM 23,09
2 Ewa Kasprzyk POL 23,21
3 Anelia Nuneva BUL 23,31
4 Ute Thimm FRG 23,56
5 Sandra Whittaker GBR 23,63
6 Myong-Hee Mo KOR 24,63
7 Evelyne Farrell AHO 25,52
8 Florence Gaza SOL 30,43
  Heat 5 1,9
1 Merlene Ottey JAM 23,23
2 Irina Olkhovnikova URS 23,65
3 Helina Marjamaa FIN 23,82
4 Dorthe A. Rasmussen DEN 23,84
5 Lena Moller SWE 23,99
6 Elanga Buala PNG 25,59
7 Judith Nimpaye BUR 30,25
  Heat 6 1,9
1 Randy Givens USA 23,01
2 Yelena Vinogradova URS 23,37
3 Denise Robertson-Boyd AUS 23,38
4 Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH 23,57
5 Mary Mensah GHA 24,91
6 Marisol Garcia NCA 25,92
7 Marie-Ange Wirtz SEY 26,13
 

Heat 1 12 AUG 1983 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Felicite Bada BEN BEN    
  Joan Baptiste GBR GBR    
  Lydia De Vega-Mercado PHI PHI 23.54  
  Liliane Gaschet FRA FRA    
  Marjorie Gentle BIZ BIZ    
  Marita Koch GDR GDR 21.71 21.82
  Annah Mathunjwa SWZ SWZ    

Heat 2 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Angela Bailey CAN CAN 22.86  
  Marie-Christine Cazier-Ballo FRA FRA    
  Ruperta Charles ANT ANT    
  Florence Griffith-Joyner USA USA    
  Koumba Kante GUI GUI    
  Amie Ndow GAM GAM    
  Rose Phillips-King IVB IVB    

Heat 3 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Cornelia Baptiste LCA LCA    
  Nadezhda Georgieva BUL BUL    
  Margarita Grun URU URU    
  Sandra Liburd SKN SKN    
  Marisa Masullo ITA ITA 23.56  
  Kathy Smallwood-Cook GBR GBR 22.70  
  Štepánka Sokolová TCH TCH    
  Rufina Ubah NGR NGR    

Heat 4 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYSB 1983
  Evelyne Farrell AHO AHO  
  Florence Gaza SOL SOL  
  Grace Jackson JAM JAM  
  Ewa Kasprzyk POL POL  
  Myong-Hee Mo KOR KOR  
  Anelia Nuneva BUL BUL  
  Ute Thimm FRG FRG  
  Sandra Whittaker GBR GBR  

Heat 5 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Elanga Buala PNG PNG    
  Helinä Marjamaa FIN FIN    
  Lena Möller SWE SWE    
  Judith Nimpaye BDI BDI    
  Irina Olkhovnikova URS URS    
  Merlene Ottey JAM JAM 22.17  
  Dorthe A. Rasmussen DEN DEN 23.36 23.36

Heat 6 12 AUG 1983

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH BAH    
  Marisol Garcia NCA NCA    
  Randy Givens USA USA 22.31 22.31
  Mary Mensah GHA GHA    
  Denise Robertson-Boyd AUS AUS 22.35  
  Yelena Vinogradova URS URS    
  Marie-Ange Wirtz SEY SEY  

 

 

 

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