1983 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 100 metres

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These are the official results of the Women's 100 metres event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total number of 49 participating athletes, with seven qualifying heats and the final held on Monday 1983-08-08.

Evelyn Ashford set the World record just over a month before this meet (at altitude). In the semi-finals, she dusted one of the East German favorites Marita Koch eased up by almost a tenth of a second out in lane 8. As the number 1 qualifier, she still was placed in lane 2, with number 2 qualifier, winner of the other semi-final Marlies Oelsner-Göhr across the track in lane 8. Koch was given lane 4 again.

At the start, Koch and Ashford were out fast, about even 40 metres into the race. Suddenly Ashford jumped, leaning back and hopping to stay off her leg as her hamstring exploded before collapsing to the track. Göhr gained steadily on her teammate Koch, passing her with more closing speed 20 meters out. Sensing a further challenge from Diane Williams next to her, Koch leaned at the finish to hold on to second.

Medalists[edit]

Gold East Germany Marlies Göhr
East Germany (GDR)
Silver East Germany Marita Koch
East Germany (GDR)
Bronze United States Diane Williams
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 10.79 Colorado Springs, USA July 3, 1983
Championship Record New event

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Marlies Göhr (GDR) 10.97 CR
Med 2.png  Marita Koch (GDR) 11.02
Med 3.png  Diane Williams (USA) 11.06
4.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 11.19
5.  Angela Bailey (CAN) 11.20
6.  Helinä Marjamaa (FIN) 11.24
7.  Angella Taylor (CAN) 11.30
 Evelyn Ashford (USA) DNF

Semifinals[edit]

  • Held on Monday 1983-08-08
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Marlies Göhr (GDR) 11.05
2.  Angela Bailey (CAN) 11.18
3.  Diane Williams (USA) 11.21
4.  Helinä Marjamaa (FIN) 11.29
5.  Silke Gladisch (GDR) 11.30
6.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 11.31
7.  Alice Brown (USA) 11.33
8.  Shirley Thomas (GBR) 11.53


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 10.99
2.  Marita Koch (GDR) 11.08
3.  Angella Taylor (CAN) 11.22
4.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 11.26
5.  Olga Antonova (URS) 11.30
6.  Nadezhda Georgieva (BUL) 11.36
7.  Heather Oakes (GBR) 11.50
8.  Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA) 11.59

Quarterfinals[edit]

  • Held on Sunday 1983-08-07
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 11.20
2.  Angella Taylor (CAN) 11.24
3.  Alice Brown (USA) 11.30
4.  Olga Antonova (URS) 11.32
5.  Els Vader (NED) 11.56
6.  Leleith Hodges (JAM) 11.63
7.  Marie-France Loval (FRA) 11.79
8.  Monika Hirsch (FRG) 11.91


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Marita Koch (GDR) 11.25
2.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 11.33
3.  Helinä Marjamaa (FIN) 11.34
4.  Nadezhda Georgieva (BUL) 11.43
5.  Beverley Callender (GBR) 11.48
6.  Esmeralda de Jesus Garcia (BRA) 11.64
7.  Dorthe A. Rasmussen (DEN) 11.67
8.  Lydia de Vega (PHI) 11.90


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Diane Williams (USA) 11.25
2.  Silke Gladisch (GDR) 11.36
3.  Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA) 11.42
4.  Shirley Thomas (GBR) 11.48
5.  Rufina Ubah (NGR) 11.60
6.  Pauline Davis (BAH) 11.62
7.  Juliet Cuthbert (JAM) 11.67
8.  Radislava Šoborová (TCH) 11.90


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 11.11
2.  Marlies Göhr (GDR) 11.16
3.  Angela Bailey (CAN) 11.36
4.  Heather Oakes (GBR) 11.57
5.  Marina Romanova (URS) 11.61
6.  Lena Möller (SWE) 11.75
7.  Laurence Bily (FRA) 11.76
8.  Shen Shu-foog (TPE) 12.17

Qualifying heats[edit]

  • Held on Sunday 1983-08-07
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Olga Antonova (URS) 11.26
2.  Marlies Göhr (GDR) 11.34
3.  Esmeralda de Jesus Garcia (BRA) 11.57
4.  Leleith Hodges (JAM) 11.58
5.  Radislava Šoborová (TCH) 11.80
6.  Mary Mensah (GHA) 12.26
7.  Rose Phillips-King (IVB) 12.87


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Marita Koch (GDR) 11.24
2.  Angela Bailey (CAN) 11.31
3.  Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA) 11.38
4.  Dorthe A. Rasmussen (DEN) 11.42
5.  Monika Hirsch (FRG) 11.73
6.  Felicite Bada (BEN) 13.15
 Mesode Ruth Enang (CMR) DNS


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Diane Williams (USA) 11.23
2.  Helinä Marjamaa (FIN) 11.47
3.  Beverley Callender (GBR) 11.65
4.  Rufina Ubah (NGR) 11.67
5.  Esther Hope (TRI) 12.19
6.  June Caddle (BAR) 12.56
7.  Judith Nimpaye (BDI) 14.65


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 11.15
2.  Marina Romanova (URS) 11.54
3.  Pauline Davis (BAH) 11.56
4.  Els Vader (NED) 11.58
5.  Lena Möller (SWE) 11.62
6.  Amie Ndow (GAM) 12.63
 Semra Aksu (TUR) DNS


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 11.30
2.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 11.43
3.  Heather Oakes (GBR) 11.60
4.  Marie-France Loval (FRA) 11.71
5.  Walapa Tangjitnusorn (THA) 12.26
6.  Mo Myong-hee (KOR) 12.26
7.  Marisol Garcia (NCA) 12.99


RANK HEAT 6 TIME
1.  Angella Taylor (CAN) 11.45
2.  Shirley Thomas (GBR) 11.54
3.  Nadezhda Georgieva (BUL) 11.58
4.  Ruperta Charles (ATG) 12.18
5.  Evelyne Farrell (AHO) 12.19
6.  Carmela Bolivár (PER) 12.31
7.  Pushpa Bhatta (NEP) 13.89


RANK HEAT 7 TIME
1.  Alice Brown (USA) 11.26
2.  Silke Gladisch (GDR) 11.28
3.  Laurence Bily (FRA) 11.53
4.  Juliet Cuthbert (JAM) 11.58
5.  Lydia de Vega (PHI) 11.74
6.  Shen Shu-foog (TPE) 11.85
7.  Koumba Kante (GUI) 13.37

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