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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Women's 100 m

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 14, 1968 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 15, 1968 Format: Top five in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 40; Countries: 22; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
The beneficial effect of the altitude was felt in the first heat as Tyus equalled her own Olympic record with 11.2 (11.21). This was bettered in the first quarter-final by Ferrell, nominally the US third string, who equalled the world record of 11.1, running the fastest ever auto time of 11.11. Tyus then ran 11.0 (11.08w), and Europe’s best Szewińska also ran 11.1 (11.19). These two were the semi-final winners in a more modest 11.3, with rain deluging the second race. After false starts by Ferrell and Tyus, the final got away third time, with Tyus accelerating sharply away from the field. By 50m she was a metre ahead of Ferrell, and only Szewińska was able to dent the lead, gaining over a metre in the last 30m. She was unable to catch Ferrell, though she did edge the 17 year-old Boyle for third. The race was notable for the first Asian – Cheng – ever to qualify for a 100m final, but more so for Tyus, who not only set a world record of 11.0 (11.08) but also became the first Olympian (male or female) to successfully defend a 100m title.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Since the 1964 Olympic Games the world record had been broken nine times by various runners, all recording 11.1. The altitude of Ciudad de México made further improvements likely. In the quarter-finals, American Barbara Ferrell struck first, equaling the world record. This was again equaled in the fourth quarter-final by Poland's Irena Szewińska, who had been silver medalist in the 200 in 1964. But the final went to the defending gold medalist, Wyomia Tyus, who broke the world record with 11.0 (11.08), with Ferrell getting silver and Szewińska a bronze. Tyus became the first woman to defend the 100 metre gold medal.
 
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Irena Szewińska (POL) 11.1 Prague, Czechoslovakia July 9, 1965
Olympic record  Wyomia Tyus (USA) 11.2 Tokyo, Japan October 15, 1964
 
 
        Results          
   
100 m Women     Final 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.08     Wyomia Tyus United States USA 23 WR 11.0 h
2 11.15     Barbara Ferrell United States USA 21   11.1 h
3 11.19     Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein Poland POL 22   11.1 h
4 11.20     Raelene Boyle Australia AUS 17   11.1 h
5 11.37     Margaret Bailes United States USA 17   11.3 h
6 11.44     Dianne Bowering-Burge Australia AUS 25   11.4 h
7 11.53     Chi Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 24   11.5 h
8 11.61     Miguelina Cobián Cuba CUB 26   11.6 h
100 m Women     Semi-Finals Heat One 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.30   Q Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein Poland POL 22   11.3 h
2 11.37   Q Barbara Ferrell United States USA 21   11.3 h
3 11.46   Q Dianne Bowering-Burge Australia AUS 25   11.4 h
4 11.49   Q Chi Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 24   11.4 h
5 11.52     Fulgencia Romay Cuba CUB 24   11.5 h
6 11.55     Irene Piotrowski Canada CAN 27   11.5 h
7 11.68     Della James-Pascoe Great Britain GBR 19   11.6 h
8 11.71     Lyudmila Golomazova Soviet Union URS 20   11.7 h
100 m Women     Semi-Finals Heat Two 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.35   Q Wyomia Tyus United States USA 23   11.3 h
2 11.41   Q Raelene Boyle Australia AUS 17   11.4 h
3 11.53   Q Margaret Bailes United States USA 17   11.5 h
4 11.63   Q Miguelina Cobián Cuba CUB 26   11.6 h
5 11.67     Lyudmila Ignatyeva-Samotyosova Soviet Union URS 28   11.6 h
6 11.80     Eva Lehocká-Glesková Czechoslovakia TCH 25   11.7 h
7 11.81     Wilma van Gool-van den Berg Netherlands NED 21   11.8 h
8 11.81     Val Peat Great Britain GBR 21   11.8 h
100 m Women     Quarter-Finals Heat One 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.12   Q Barbara Ferrell United States USA 21 OR 11.1 h
2 11.29   Q Eva Lehocká-Glesková Czechoslovakia TCH 25   11.2 h
3 11.36   Q Della James-Pascoe Great Britain GBR 19   11.3 h
4 11.41   Q Miguelina Cobián Cuba CUB 26   11.4 h
5 11.43     Lyudmila Zharkova-Maslakova Soviet Union URS 16   11.4 h
6 11.50     Pam Kilborn-Ryan Australia AUS 29   11.4 h
7 11.59     Truus Hennipman-Cruiming Netherlands NED 25   11.5 h
8 11.70     Karin Reichert-Frisch West Germany FRG 27   11.6 h
100 m Women     Quarter-Finals Heat Two 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.08 w Q Wyomia Tyus United States USA 23   11.0w h
2 11.31 w Q Chi Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 24   11.3w h
3 11.45 w Q Wilma van Gool-van den Berg Netherlands NED 21   11.4w h
4 11.54 w Q Lyudmila Golomazova Soviet Union URS 20   11.5w h
5 11.61 w   Marijana Lubej Yugoslavia YUG 23   11.6w h
6 11.61 w   Anita Neil Great Britain GBR 18   11.6w h
7 11.64 w   Debbie Miller Canada CAN 18   11.6w h
100 m Women     Quarter-Finals Heat Three 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.29   Q Raelene Boyle Australia AUS 17   11.2 h
2 11.34   Q Margaret Bailes United States USA 17   11.3 h
3 11.39   Q Val Peat Great Britain GBR 21   11.3 h
4 11.45   Q Lyudmila Ignatyeva-Samotyosova Soviet Union URS 28   11.4 h
5 11.65     Violeta Quesada Cuba CUB 21   11.6 h
6 11.67     Renate Meyer West Germany FRG 30   11.6 h
7 11.75     Oyeronke Akindele Nigeria NGR 22   11.7 h
100 m Women     Quarter-Finals Heat Four 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.20   Q Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein Poland POL 22 (=)OR 11.1 h
2 11.33   Q Dianne Bowering-Burge Australia AUS 25   11.3 h
3 11.41   Q Irene Piotrowski Canada CAN 27   11.3 h
4 11.47   Q Fulgencia Romay Cuba CUB 24   11.4 h
5 11.69     Gabrielle Meyer France FRA 21   11.6 h
6 11.78     Györgyi Balogh-Szomov Hungary HUN 20   11.7 h
100 m Women     Round One Heat One 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.21   Q Wyomia Tyus United States USA 23 (=)OR 11.2 h
2 11.52   Q Val Peat Great Britain GBR 21   11.5 h
3 11.67   Q Violeta Quesada Cuba CUB 21   11.6 h
4 11.68   Q Marijana Lubej Yugoslavia YUG 23   11.6 h
5 11.71   Q Debbie Miller Canada CAN 18   11.7 h
6 12.10     Sylviane Telliez France FRA 25   12.0 h
7 12.30     Esperanza Girón Mexico MEX 20   12.2 h
100 m Women     Round One Heat Two 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.30   Q Margaret Bailes United States USA 17 (=)OR 11.2 h
2 11.40   Q Irene Piotrowski Canada CAN 27   11.3 h
3 11.48   Q Miguelina Cobián Cuba CUB 26   11.4 h
4 11.62   Q Pam Kilborn-Ryan Australia AUS 29   11.6 h
5 11.65   Q Gabrielle Meyer France FRA 21   11.6 h
6 11.9     Alicia Kaufmanas Argentina ARG 27   11.8 h
7 11.94     Carmen Smith Jamaica JAM 25   11.9 h
100 m Women     Round One Heat Three 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.53   Q Dianne Bowering-Burge Australia AUS 25   11.5 h
2 11.53   Q Fulgencia Romay Cuba CUB 24   11.5 h
3 11.57   Q Lyudmila Ignatyeva-Samotyosova Soviet Union URS 28   11.5 h
4 11.70   Q Anita Neil Great Britain GBR 18   11.6 h
5 11.70   Q Oyeronke Akindele Nigeria NGR 22   11.6 h
6 11.71     Vilma Charlton Jamaica JAM 21   11.7 h
7 11.86     Ulla-Britt Wieslander Sweden SWE 26   11.8 h
100 m Women     Round One Heat Four 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.32   Q Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein Poland POL 22   11.3 h
2 11.44   Q Raelene Boyle Australia AUS 17   11.4 h
3 11.45   Q Chi Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 24   11.4 h
4 11.78   Q Della James-Pascoe Great Britain GBR 19   11.7 h
5 11.95   Q Karin Reichert-Frisch West Germany FRG 27   11.9 h
6 12.10     Mária Kiss Hungary HUN 19   12.0 h
AC DNF     Lydia Stephens Kenya KEN 22    
100 m Women     Round One Heat Five 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.62   Q Eva Lehocká-Glesková Czechoslovakia TCH 25   11.6 h
2 11.71   Q Renate Meyer West Germany FRG 30   11.7 h
3 11.74   Q Lyudmila Golomazova Soviet Union URS 20   11.7 h
4 11.76   Q Truus Hennipman-Cruiming Netherlands NED 25   11.7 h
5 11.81   Q Stephanie Berto Canada CAN 15   11.8 h
6 12.00     Margit Markó-Nemesházi Hungary HUN 24   11.9 h
7 12.53     Josefa Vicent Uruguay URU 18   12.5 h
100 m Women     Round One Heat Six 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.28   Q Barbara Ferrell United States USA 21 (=)OR 11.2 h
2 11.54   Q Lyudmila Zharkova-Maslakova Soviet Union URS 16   11.5 h
3 11.60   Q Wilma van Gool-van den Berg Netherlands NED 21   11.5 h
4 11.71   Q Olajumoke Bodunrin Nigeria NGR 23   11.6 h
5 11.80   Q Györgyi Balogh-Szomov Hungary HUN 20   11.8 h
6 11.88     Halina Richter-Górecka-Herrmann West Germany FRG 30   11.8 h
7 13.76     Cecilia Sosa El Salvador ESA 20   13.7 h
 
 
 

 

 

 

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