Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres

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Women's 800 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 17–19
Competitors 24 from 16 nations
Winning time 2:00.9 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Madeline Manning  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ileana Silai  Romania
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mia Gommers  Netherlands
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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The Women's 800 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The event were held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 17–19.

Competition format[edit]

The competition had four heats in the first round, two semi-finals and a final. The top four in the first round heats progressed. The top four finishers in the semi-final race reached the finals.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Vera Nikolić (YUG) 2:00.5 London, United Kingdom July 20, 1968
Olympic record  Ann Packer (GBR) 2:01.1 Tokyo, Japan October 20, 1964

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Nikolić, VeraVera Nikolić  Yugoslavia 2:05.7 Q
2 Erik, LaineLaine Erik  Soviet Union 2:06.5 Q
3 Pigni, PaolaPaola Pigni  Italy 2:06.7 Q
4 Krebs, KarinKarin Krebs  East Germany 2:07.1 Q
5 Kraker, FrancieFrancie Kraker  United States 2:07.3
6 Chesire, ElizabethElizabeth Chesire  Kenya 2:10.9

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Gommers, MiaMia Gommers  Netherlands 2:04.0 Q
2 Silai, IleanaIleana Silai  Romania 2:04.1 Q
3 Carey, SheilaSheila Carey  Great Britain 2:04.1 Q
4 Zimina, AnnaAnna Zimina  Soviet Union 2:04.4 Q
5 Wieck, BarbaraBarbara Wieck  East Germany 2:08.5
6 Shezifi, HanaHana Shezifi  Israel 2:09.2

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Dupureur, MaryvonneMaryvonne Dupureur  France 2:09.5 Q
2 Brown, DorisDoris Brown  United States 2:09.5 Q
3 Lowe-Cropper, PatPat Lowe-Cropper  Great Britain 2:09.5 Q
4 Potts, SylviaSylvia Potts  New Zealand 2:09.6 Q
5 Haimi, EevaEeva Haimi  Finland 2:09.6
6 van der Made, TillyTilly van der Made  Netherlands 2:10.5

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Manning, MadelineMadeline Manning  United States 2:08.7 Q
2 Hoffman, AbbyAbby Hoffman  Canada 2:08.9 Q
3 Jehličková, JaroslavaJaroslava Jehličková  Czechoslovakia 2:08.9 Q
4 Keizer-Laman, IljaIlja Keizer-Laman  Netherlands 2:08.9 Q
5 Damm Olesen, AnneliseAnnelise Damm Olesen  Denmark 2:09.0
6 Page-Allison, JoanJoan Page-Allison  Great Britain 2:10.2

Semifinals[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Manning, MadelineMadeline Manning  United States 2:05.8 Q
2 Silai, IleanaIleana Silai  Romania 2:05.9 Q
3 Lowe-Cropper, PatPat Lowe-Cropper  Great Britain 2:06.6 Q
4 Hoffman, AbbyAbby Hoffman  Canada 2:07.0 Q
5 Krebs, KarinKarin Krebs  East Germany 2:08.4
6 Zimina, AnnaAnna Zimina  Soviet Union 2:04.4
7 Keizer-Laman, IljaIlja Keizer-Laman  Netherlands 2:08.5
N/A Nikolić, VeraVera Nikolić  Yugoslavia DNF

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Gommers, MiaMia Gommers  Netherlands 2:05.1 Q
2 Brown, DorisDoris Brown  United States 2:05.2 Q
3 Carey, SheilaSheila Carey  Great Britain 2:05.2 Q
4 Dupureur, MaryvonneMaryvonne Dupureur  France 2:05.5 Q
5 Erik, LaineLaine Erik  Soviet Union 2:06.0
6 Potts, SylviaSylvia Potts  New Zealand 2:07.2
7 Pigni, PaolaPaola Pigni  Italy 2:07.8
8 Jehličková, JaroslavaJaroslava Jehličková  Czechoslovakia 2:13.5

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Manning, MadelineMadeline Manning  United States 2:00.9 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Silai, IleanaIleana Silai  Romania 2:02.5
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gommers, MiaMia Gommers  Netherlands 2:02.6
4 Carey, SheilaSheila Carey  Great Britain 2:03.8
5 Brown, DorisDoris Brown  United States 2:03.9
6 Lowe-Cropper, PatPat Lowe-Cropper  Great Britain 2:04.2
7 Hoffman, AbbyAbby Hoffman  Canada 2:06.8
8 Dupureur, MaryvonneMaryvonne Dupureur  France 2:08.2

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