Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metres

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Women's 200 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates September 4 & 7
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Renate Stecher
 East Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Raelene Boyle
 Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Irena Szewińska
 Poland
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Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 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 women
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 200 metres sprint event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place on September 4 & 7. The favorite would have been Republic of China's Chi Cheng. Who set world records in the 200 meters and 220 yards distances in 1970. She suffered a career ending injury at the end of 1970. An attempted surgery in 1971, failed. The top 3 ranked women in the world in 1971, were the 3 women on the podium in Munich. European Champion Renate Stecher (GDR), Commonwealth Champion Raelene Boyle (AUS), and the defending Champion Irena Szewinska of Poland.

Heats[edit]

Top five in each heat (blue) and the next two fastest (pink) advanced to quarterfinal round.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Alice Anum  Ghana 6 23.15
2 Barbara Ferrell  United States 5 23.38
3 Rosie Allwood  Jamaica 1 23.56
4 Donna Murray  Great Britain 3 23.76
5 Juana Mosquera  Colombia 2 24.20
6 Carolina Rieuwpassa  Indonesia 7 24.68
- Irene Fitzner  Argentina 4 DNS

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Renate Stecher  East Germany 2 22.96
2 Raelene Boyle  Australia 4 23.58
3 Nadezhda Besfamilnaya  Soviet Union 3 23.62
4 Amelita Alanes  Philippines 5 25.28
5 Helen Olaye  Nigeria 1 25.30
6 Mabel Saeluzika  Malawi 6 28.29
- Carmen Valdes  Cuba 7 DNS

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Annegret Kroniger  West Germany 4 23.37
2 Wilma van Gool  Netherlands 6 23.86
3 Della James  Great Britain 2 23.97
4 Hannah Afriyie  Ghana 3 24.38
5 María Luisa Vilca  Peru 1 24.46
6 Josefa Vicent  Uruguay 7 25.09
7 Meas Kheng  Cambodia 5 25.86

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Ellen Strophal  East Germany 1 23.54
2 Pam Greene  United States 7 23.96
3 Una Morris  Jamaica 6 23.99
4 Pirjo Wilmi  Finland 3 24.16
5 Rose Musani  Uganda 5 25.37
6 Laura Pierre  Trinidad and Tobago 4 26.32
- Eva Gleskovà  Czechoslovakia 2 DNS

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Irena Szewińska  Poland 3 23.37
2 Christiane Krause  West Germany 7 23.51
3 Jackie Thompson  United States 6 23.67
4 Karoline Käfer  Austria 1 24.42
5 Russel Carrero  Nicaragua 5 28.02
- Silvia Chivas  Cuba 2 DNS
- Karen Powell  Bahamas 4 DNS

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Marina Sidorova  Soviet Union 5 23.46
2 Sylviane Telliez  France 4 23.51
3 Christina Heinich  East Germany 6 23.90
4 Margaret Critchley  Great Britain 2 24.04
5 Marcia Trotman  Barbados 7 24.06
6 Beatrice Lungu  Zambia 1 25.11
7 Fatima El-Faquir  Morocco 3 25.27

Quarterfinals[edit]

Top four in each heat advanced to semifinal round (blue).

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Irena Szewińska  Poland 7 22.79
2 Nadezhda Besfamilnaya  Soviet Union 3 23.20
3 Christina Heinich  East Germany 6 23.23
4 Barbara Ferrell  United States 1 23.30
5 Una Morris  Jamaica 5 23.62
6 Marcia Trotman  Barbados 2 24.00
7 Amelita Alanes  Philippines 4 24.98
- Josefa Vicent  Uruguay 8 DNS

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Ellen Strophal  East Germany 8 22.93
2 Alice Anum  Ghana 5 22.95
3 Wilma van Gool  Netherlands 2 23.22
4 Christiane Krause  West Germany 4 23.22
5 Della James  Great Britain 73 23.72
6 Juana Mosquera  Colombia 1 24.00
7 María Luisa Vilca  Peru 7 24.48
8 Rose Musani  Uganda 6 25.28

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Renate Stecher  East Germany 1 23.31
2 Rosie Allwood  Jamaica 7 23.33
3 Sylviane Telliez  France 8 23.69
4 Donna Murray  Great Britain 6 23.69
5 Pam Greene  United States 5 23.85
6 Karoline Käfer  Austria 4 23.92
7 Hannah Afriyie  Ghana 3 24.47
- Russel Carrero  Nicaragua 2 DNS

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Raelene Boyle  Australia 7 23.06
2 Annegret Kroniger  West Germany 3 23.14
3 Jackie Thompson  United States 4 23.22
4 Marina Sidorova  Soviet Union 8 23.33
5 Pirjo Wilmi  Finland 5 23.68
6 Margaret Critchley  Great Britain 2 24.05
7 Carolina Rieuwpassa  Indonesia 1 25.03
8 Helen Olaye  Nigeria 6 25.09

Semifinals[edit]

Top four in each heat advanced to the final round (blue).

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Ellen Strophal  East Germany 7 22.90
2 Raelene Boyle  Australia 3 22.92
3 Irena Szewińska  Poland 6 22.92
4 Rosie Allwood  Jamaica 1 23.14
5 Christiane Krause  West Germany 2 23.17
6 Jackie Thompson  United States 4 23.18
7 Marina Sidorova  Soviet Union 8 23.40
- Wilma van Gool  Netherlands 5 DNS

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time
1 Renate Stecher  East Germany 8 22.83
2 Annegret Kroniger  West Germany 5 23.05
3 Christina Heinich  East Germany 6 23.28
4 Alice Anum  Ghana 4 23.30
5 Nadezhda Besfamilnaya  Soviet Union 1 23.31
6 Sylviane Telliez  France 3 23.34
7 Barbara Ferrell  United States 2 23.39
8 Donna Murray  Great Britain 7 24.03

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Lane Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Renate Stecher  East Germany 6 22.40 EWR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Raelene Boyle  Australia 4 22.45
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Irena Szewińska  Poland 5 22.74
4 Ellen Strophal  East Germany 3 22.75
5 Christina Heinich  East Germany 7 22.89
6 Annegret Kroniger  West Germany 1 22.89
7 Alice Anum  Ghana 8 22.99
8 Rosie Allwood  Jamaica 2 23.11

Key: WR = world record; DNS = did not start; T = Tie

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