Athletics at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres

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These are the official results of the women's 100 metres event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were a total of 55 participating athletes, with seven qualifying heats (not shown below). The top four in each heat qualified for the quarterfinals along with the four fastest remaining.

The world record holder and defending gold medalist Florence Griffith-Joyner had retired. The returning silver medalist, 35 year old Evelyn Ashford ran fast in the quarterfinals but was eliminated in the semis. Other returning veterans included Merlene Ottey, who won her first Olympic medal in 1980, Gwen Torrence and Anelia Nuneva who made a heroic attempt to keep up with Griffith-Joyner four years earlier, only to have her hamstring explode in the attempt. Through the semi-final round, Juliet Cuthbert had the fastest qualifying time, while Gwen Torrence was the winner of the other semi-final. Both Cuthbert and Torrence were also returning finalists from 1988. Irina Privalova, Mary Onyali and Liliana Allen were younger sprinters As the world championship silver medalist in the 100 metres hurdles, Gail Devers was known as a hurdler and didn't carry a strong reputation as a sprinter, though she had finished a distant second in Griffith-Joyner's world record race.

From the gun in the final, Privalova leaped out to an early lead in lane 6. Less noticed in lane 2, Devers also got a slight edge on the two Jamaicans and Torrence in the middle of the track. But Privalova couldn't put them away, instead all three were slowly gaining on the early leaders, with Cuthbert gaining a slight edge amongst the three. By the finish, Devers, Cuthbert, Privolova and Torrence all were within a foot of one another, with Ottey only another foot back. Separated by inches, Devers beat Cuthbert to the line. Privolova barely arrived ahead of Torrence who passed her in the next step after the line.

Four years later, it would be Devers again by inches ahead of Ottey and Torrence to become only the second woman to win the 100 twice in a row.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Gail Devers
 United States
Silver Juliet Cuthbert
 Jamaica
Bronze Irina Privalova
 Unified Team

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 10.49 United States Florence Griffith-Joyner Indianapolis (USA) July 16, 1988
Olympic Record 10.62 United States Florence Griffith-Joyner Seoul (KOR) September 24, 1988

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Gail Devers (USA) 10.82
Med 2.png  Juliet Cuthbert (JAM) 10.83
Med 3.png  Irina Privalova (EUN) 10.84
4.  Gwen Torrence (USA) 10.85
5.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 10.88
6.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 11.10
7.  Mary Onyali (NGR) 11.15
8.  Liliana Allen (CUB) 11.19

Semifinals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Gwen Torrence (USA) 11.02
2.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 11.07
3.  Irina Privalova (EUN) 11.08
4.  Mary Onyali (NGR) 11.30
5.  Pauline Davis (BAH) 11.34
6.  Christy Opara-Thompson (NGR) 11.47
7.  Sisko Hanhijoki (FIN) 11.65
8.  Patricia Girard (FRA) 11.70


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Juliet Cuthbert (JAM) 10.98
2.  Gail Devers (USA) 11.12
3.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 11.17
4.  Liliana Allen (CUB) 11.28
5.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 11.29
6.  Elinda Vorster (RSA) 11.44
7.  Olga Bogoslovskaya (EUN) 11.45
8.  Beatrice Utondu (NGR) 11.53

Quarterfinals[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Evelyn Ashford (USA) 11.13
2.  Beatrice Utondu (NGR) 11.31
3.  Sisko Hanhijoki (FIN) 11.50
4.  Patricia Girard (FRA) 11.54
5.  Kerry Johnson (AUS) 11.59
6.  Dahlia Duhaney (JAM) 11.61
7.  Lucrécia Jardim (POR) 11.66
8.  Tian Yumei (CHN) 11.78


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Juliet Cuthbert (JAM) 11.12
2.  Anelia Nuneva (BUL) 11.17
3.  Mary Onyali (NGR) 11.28
4.  Elinda Vorster (RSA) 11.44
5.  Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED) 11.55
6.  Laurence Bily (FRA) 11.64
7.  Myra Mayberry (PUR) 11.69
8.  Cristina Castro (ESP) 11.79


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Merlene Ottey (JAM) 11.15
2.  Gwen Torrence (USA) 11.17
3.  Pauline Davis (BAH) 11.31
4.  Olga Bogoslovskaya (EUN) 11.43
5.  Odiah Sidibé (FRA) 11.63
6.  Andrea Philipp (GER) 11.67
7.  Xiao Yehua (CHN) 11.73
8.  Stephanie Douglas (GBR) 11.77


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Irina Privalova (EUN) 10.98
2.  Gail Devers (USA) 11.17
3.  Liliana Allen (CUB) 11.33
4.  Christy Opara-Thompson (NGR) 11.42
5.  Wang Huei-Chen (TPE) 11.57
6.  Melinda Gainsford (AUS) 11.67
7.  Gao Han (CHN) 11.76
8.  Sabine Tröger (AUT) 11.76

Heats[edit]

First 4 from each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) qualified for the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Juliet Cuthbert  Jamaica 11.14 Q
2 4 Gail Devers  United States 11.23 Q
3 6 Evelyn Ashford  United States 11.23 Q
4 1 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 11.26 Q
5 5 Gwen Torrence  United States 11.28 Q
6 7 Beatrice Utondu  Nigeria 11.30 Q
7 3 Anelia Nuneva  Bulgaria 11.34 Q
8 6 Mary Onyali  Nigeria 11.37 Q
9 5 Christy Opara  Nigeria 11.39 Q
10 2 Irina Privalova  Unified Team 11.42 Q
11 6 Wang Huei-Chen  Chinese Taipei 11.43 Q
12 1 Sisko Hanhijoki  Finland 11.44 Q
13 3 Elinda Vorster  South Africa 11.45 Q
13 7 Olga Bogoslovskaya  Unified Team 11.45 Q
15 7 Nelli Fiere-Cooman  Netherlands 11.47 Q
16 4 Pauline Davis  Bahamas 11.48 Q
17 5 Liliana Allen  Cuba 11.49 Q
18 1 Patricia Girard  France 11.51 Q
19 3 Melinda Gainsford  Australia 11.57 Q
19 7 Laurence Bily  France 11.57 Q
21 6 Lucrécia Jardim  Portugal 11.58 Q
22 2 Kerry Johnson  Australia 11.62 Q
22 3 Odiah Sidibé  France 11.62 q
24 4 Stephanie Douglas  Great Britain 11.65 Q
25 4 Myra Mayberry  Puerto Rico 11.67 Q
26 1 Gao Han  China 11.68 Q
26 6 Tian Yumei  China 11.68 q
28 2 Xiao Yehua  China 11.69 Q
28 7 Sabine Tröger  Austria 11.69 q
30 1 Cristina Castro  Spain 11.72 q
31 2 Dahlia Duhaney  Jamaica 11.73 Q
31 5 Andrea Philipp  Germany 11.73 Q
33 5 Lalao Ravaoniriana  Madagascar 11.74
34 4 Heather Samuel  Antigua and Barbuda 11.76
35 5 Patricia Foufoué Ziga  Côte d'Ivoire 11.77
36 2 Karen Clarke  Canada 11.79
37 2 N'Deye Binta Dia  Senegal 11.83
38 2 Damayanthi Darsha  Sri Lanka 11.88
39 3 Ratjai Sripet  Thailand 11.99
40 7 Marcel Winkler  South Africa 12.01
41 6 Dawnette Douglas  Bermuda 12.05
42 4 Gaily Dube  Zimbabwe 12.08
43 1 Truong Hoang My Linh  Vietnam 12.11
44 3 Monique Kengné  Cameroon 12.12
44 6 Zoila Stewart  Costa Rica 12.12
46 5 Ngozi Mwanamwambwa  Zambia 12.13
47 7 Aminata Konaté  Guinea 12.33
48 1 Gail Prescod  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 12.41
49 3 Vaciseva Tavaga  Fiji 12.47
50 6 Deirdre Caruana  Malta 12.59
51 5 Muyebg Mabala  Zaire 12.76
52 4 Laure Kuetey  Benin 13.11
53 2 Rishtha Aminath  Maldives 13.66
54 7 Magdalena Ansue Nguema  Equatorial Guinea DQ
55 4 Antónia de Jesus  Angola DNS

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