Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Alberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez
Date 22 October (heats)
23 October (final)
Competitors 31 from 20 nations
Winning time 2:44.4 (OR)
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Yugoslavia
Bronze medal    Soviet Union
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1968 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
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400 m men women
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Backstroke
100 m men women
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100 m men women
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Individual medley
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400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics, took place on October 22–23, at the Alberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the tenth appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 31 competitors from 20 nations participated in the event.[1] American Catie Ball was the large favourite to win the event, as she had broken the world record in this event the last three times.[2] However, she was suffering from a virus infection and was forced to withdraw from the heats.[3] Her 16 year-old teammate Sharon Wichman won the event, breaking bronze medalist Galina Prozumenshchikova's Olympic record in the final.[4]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Catie Ball (USA) 2:38.5 s Los Angeles, United States 26 August 1968 [5]
Olympic record  Galina Prozumenshchikova (URS) 2:46.4 s Tokyo, Japan 12 October 1964 [6]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time OR WR
23 October Final Sharon Wichman United States 2:44.4 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane[7] Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 1 Wichman, SharonSharon Wichman United States 2:46.8 Q
2 4 6 Prozumenshchikova, GalinaGalina Prozumenshchikova Soviet Union 2:47.8 Q
3 5 2 Norbis, Ana MaríaAna María Norbis Uruguay 2:49.4 Q
4 3 1 Babanina, SvetlanaSvetlana Babanina Soviet Union 2:49.8 Q
4 5 4 Grebennikova, AllaAlla Grebennikova Soviet Union 2:49.8 Q
6 3 3 Jamison, CathyCathy Jamison United States 2:49.8 Q
7 3 4 Bjedov, ĐurđicaĐurđica Bjedov Yugoslavia 2:50.2 Q
8 4 3 Shibata, ChienoChieno Shibata Japan 2:50.6 Q
9 2 6 Slattery, JillJill Slattery Great Britain 2:51.2
10 1 3 Filippovits, ChristlChristl Filippovits Austria 2:51.3
11 2 4 Oynick, TamaraTamara Oynick Mexico 2:52.4
12 2 3 Eberle, VreniVreni Eberle West Germany 2:52.5
13 1 2 Playfair, JudyJudy Playfair Australia 2:52.9
14 4 2 McKenzie, SueSue McKenzie Australia 2:53.1
15 1 4 Harrison, DorothyDorothy Harrison Great Britain 2:55.1
16 5 3 Nishigawa, YoshimiYoshimi Nishigawa Japan 2:55.3
17 3 2 Brage, YvonneYvonne Brage Sweden 2:56.3
18 5 7 O'Connor, AnnAnn O'Connor Ireland 2:56.4
19 4 1 Barnes, Jo-AnneJo-Anne Barnes Australia 2:57.4
20 5 6 Bimolt, KlenieKlenie Bimolt Netherlands 2:57.9
21 4 4 Takemoto, YukariYukari Takemoto Japan 2:57.9
22 4 5 Ingvadóttir, EllenEllen Ingvadóttir Iceland 2:58.2
23 3 6 Nir, ShlomitShlomit Nir Israel 2:58.5
24 2 2 Casas, VíctoriaVíctoria Casas Mexico 3:01.0
25 2 5 Harris, DianaDiana Harris Great Britain 3:03.4
26 3 6 de la Portilla, Ana ElenaAna Elena de la Portilla Mexico 3:03.5
27 5 5 Wilmes, ArletteArlette Wilmes Luxembourg 3:06.7
28 1 5 García, HedyHedy García Philippines 3:08.1
29 1 1 Orejuela, TamaraTamara Orejuela Ecuador 3:08.5
30 4 7 Moreño, MaríaMaría Moreño El Salvador 3:15.4
31 5 1 Vicens, LianaLiana Vicens Puerto Rico 3:16.2

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Wichman, SharonSharon Wichman United States 2:44.4 OR[4]
2 Bjedov, ĐurđicaĐurđica Bjedov Yugoslavia 2:46.4
3 Prozumenshchikova, GalinaGalina Prozumenshchikova Soviet Union 2:47.0
4 Grebennikova, AllaAlla Grebennikova Soviet Union 2:47.1
5 Jamison, CathyCathy Jamison United States 2:48.4
6 Babanina, SvetlanaSvetlana Babanina Soviet Union 2:48.4
7 Shibata, ChienoChieno Shibata Japan 2:51.5
8 Norbis, Ana MaríaAna María Norbis Uruguay 2:51.9

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Final". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "LCM Women Records". USA Swimming. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Catie Ball". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b OCGOM, p. 369
  5. ^ Schoenfeld, p. 15
  6. ^ "The Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo 1964: The Official Report of the Organising Committee" (PDF). Volume Two, Part 2. Organizing Committee of the Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo. 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Schoenfeld, pp. 55-56