Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metres
|Athletics at the
1988 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The Women's 200 metres at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entrylist of 60 competitors, with eight qualifying heats (60), four second-round races (32) and two semi-finals (16), before the final (8) took off on Thursday September 29, 1988.
At the 1988 Olympic Trials, her 21.77 American record already showed Florence Griffith-Joyner was going to be a contender against the East Germans who had dominated the sprints for the previous decade. Marita Koch had retired but her equal Heike Drechsler was here. In the quarter final round, Griffith-Joyner improved to 21.76, but then she had set the world record in the 100 metres in a pressure less quarter finals a month earlier. The semi-finals the following day showed she had more, her 21.56 was a .15 improvement on the world record. More than a quarter century later, the time still stands as the second fastest 200 metres ever run by a woman. The final was more impressive, Griffith-Joyner gradually making up the stagger on Grace Jackson to her outside and Merlene Ottey running about equal through the turn. From there she simply pulled away from the best in the world. The tall Jackson was able to separate from her Jamaican teammate but was still three long steps behind Griffith-Joyner. Inhibited by the tight turn of lane 1, Drechsler made a late rush on the inside to catch Ottey for bronze.
21.34 +1.3 knocked another .22 off her world record from earlier in the day. .37 taken from the world record on one day. The time has never been approached since. Jackson, in second place in this race missed the previous world record by .01 and did not look in contention. Five women have since surpassed Koch and Drechsler's world record, including 4th place Ottey twice.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||21.71||Marita Koch||Karl-Marx-Stadt (GDR)||June 10, 1979|
|Olympic Record||21.81||Valerie Brisco-Hooks||Los Angeles (USA)||August 9, 1984|
The following World and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|September 28, 1988||Quarterfinal||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.76 s||OR|
|September 29, 1988||Semifinal||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.56 s||OR||WR|
|September 29, 1988||Final||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.34 s||OR||WR|
First 3 from each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q) qualified for the quarterfinals.
First 4 from each heat qualified directly (Q) for the semifinals.
|1.||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.56(WR)|
|2.||Merlene Ottey (JAM)||22.07|
|3.||Silke Möller (GDR)||22.15|
|4.||Maya Azarachvili (URS)||22.33|
|5.||Mary Onyali (NGR)||22.43|
|6.||Katrin Krabbe (GDR)||22.59|
|7.||Pauline Davis (BAH)||22.67|
|8.||Andrea Thomas (FRG)||22.91|
|1.||Grace Jackson (JAM)||22.13|
|2.||Heike Drechsler (GDR)||22.27|
|3.||Gwen Torrence (USA)||22.53|
|4.||Galina Malchugina (URS)||22.55|
|5.||Nadezhda Georgieva (BUL)||22.67|
|6.||Paula Dunn (GBR)||23.14|
|7.||Agnieszka Siwek (POL)||23.20|
|8.||Regula Aebi (SUI)||23.33|
|Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||21.34(WR)|
|Grace Jackson (JAM)||21.72|
|Heike Drechsler (GDR)||21.95|
|4.||Merlene Ottey (JAM)||21.99|
|5.||Silke Möller (GDR)||22.09|
|6.||Gwen Torrence (USA)||22.17|
|7.||Maya Azarachvili (URS)||22.33|
|8.||Galina Malchugina (URS)||22.42|
- 1984 Women's Olympic 200 metres (Los Angeles)
- 1986 Women's European Championships 200 metres (Stuttgart)
- 1987 Women's World Championships 200 metres (Rome)
- 1990 Women's European Championships 200 metres (Split)
- 1991 Women's World Championships 200 metres (Tokyo)
- 1992 Women's Olympic 200 metres (Barcelona)
- (English) Official Report