Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 14–16
Competitors 29 from 22 nations
Winning time 52.0
Medalists
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Soviet Union
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The Women's 400 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico was held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 14–16.

Competition format[edit]

The Women's 200m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final. The four fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals. The four fastest competitors from each of the Semifinal races qualified for the final.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Shin Geum-Dan (PRK) 51.9 Pyongyang, North Korea October 23, 1962
Olympic record  Betty Cuthbert (AUS) 52.0 Tokyo, Japan October 17, 1964

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Besson, ColetteColette Besson France 53.1 Q
2 Scott, JarvisJarvis Scott United States 53.5 Q
3 Henning, HelgaHelga Henning West Germany 53.5 Q
4 Fisher, JoanJoan Fisher Canada 54.6 Q
5 Basilio, EnriquetaEnriqueta Basilio Mexico 55.6
6 Bennett, JoyceJoyce Bennett Australia 56.5

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Pentón, AureliaAurelia Pentón Cuba 52.8 Q
2 Board, LillianLillian Board Great Britain 52.9 Q
3 Verbele, IngrīdaIngrīda Verbele Soviet Union 54.0 Q
4 Morris, UnaUna Morris Jamaica 54.1 Q
5 Covell, AnneAnne Covell Canada 54.3
6 Chmelková, AnnaAnna Chmelková Czechoslovakia 54.9
7 Munkácsi, AntóniaAntónia Munkácsi Hungary 55.6
8 Robotham, JeanJean Robotham Costa Rica 58.2

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 van der Hoeven-Jansen, MirnaMirna van der Hoeven-Jansen Netherlands 53.1 Q
2 Stroy, EstherEsther Stroy United States 53.5 Q
3 Simpson, JanetJanet Simpson Great Britain 53.6 Q
4 Noirot, MoniqueMonique Noirot France 53.6 Q
5 Chemabwai, TeklaTekla Chemabwai Kenya 54.0
6 Brown, SandraSandra Brown Australia 55.4
7 Shezifi, ChannaChanna Shezifi Israel 56.3

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Pechonkina, NatalyaNatalya Pechonkina Soviet Union 53.7 Q
2 Green, MaryMary Green Great Britain 53.9 Q
3 Wallgren-Lundgren, KarinKarin Wallgren-Lundgren Sweden 54.2 Q
4 Drinkwater, LoisLois Drinkwater United States 54.5 Q
5 Govoni, DonataDonata Govoni Italy 54.7
6 Haimi, EevaEeva Haimi Finland 55.0
7 Vicent, JosefaJosefa Vicent Uruguay 56.3
8 Bodunrin, OlajumokeOlajumoke Bodunrin Nigeria 57.0

Semi-Final[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Henning, HelgaHelga Henning West Germany 53.3 Q
2 Besson, ColetteColette Besson France 53.6 Q
3 Simpson, JanetJanet Simpson Great Britain 54.0 Q
4 Pentón, AureliaAurelia Pentón Cuba 54.0 Q
5 Stroy, EstherEsther Stroy United States 54.3
6 Morris, UnaUna Morris Jamaica 54.6
7 Verbele, IngrīdaIngrīda Verbele Soviet Union 54.6
8 Fisher, JoanJoan Fisher Canada 55.2

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Board, LillianLillian Board Great Britain 52.5 Q
2 van der Hoeven-Jansen, MirnaMirna van der Hoeven-Jansen Netherlands 52.6 Q
3 Pechonkina, NatalyaNatalya Pechonkina Soviet Union 52.8 Q
4 Scott, JarvisJarvis Scott United States 53.2 Q
5 Green, MaryMary Green Great Britain 53.6
6 Wallgren-Lundgren, KarinKarin Wallgren-Lundgren Sweden 53.9
7 Noirot, MoniqueMonique Noirot France 54.2
8 Drinkwater, LoisLois Drinkwater United States 57.3

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Besson, ColetteColette Besson France 52.0
2 Board, LillianLillian Board Great Britain 52.1
3 Pechonkina, NatalyaNatalya Pechonkina Soviet Union 52.2
4 Simpson, JanetJanet Simpson Great Britain 52.5
5 Pentón, AureliaAurelia Pentón Cuba 52.7
6 Scott, JarvisJarvis Scott United States 52.7
7 Henning, HelgaHelga Henning West Germany 52.8
8 van der Hoeven-Jansen, MirnaMirna van der Hoeven-Jansen Netherlands 53.0

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