Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metres

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Women's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates July 31 (heats and quarterfinals)
August 1 (semifinals and final)
Competitors 48
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Marie-José Pérec
 France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Merlene Ottey
 Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mary Onyali
 Nigeria
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Athletics at the
1996 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 women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
10 km walk women
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

These are the official results of the women's 200 metres event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were a total number of 47 participating athletes (and three-finishers), with two rounds (six heats in round 1, four heats in round 2), two semifinals and a final.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 21.34 United States Florence Griffith Joyner Indianapolis, Indiana (USA) 16 July 1988
Olympic Record 21.34 United States Florence Griffith Joyner Seoul (KOR) 29 September 1988

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Top four in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the quarterfinals.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Carlette Guidry  United States 22.37 5
2 Mary Onyali  Nigeria 22.42 8
3 Melanie Paschke  Germany 22.93 3
4 Patricia Rodríguez  Colombia 23.13 2
5 Yan Jiankui  China 23.21 1
6 Myra Mayberry  Puerto Rico 23.23 7
7 Zlatka Georgieva  Bulgaria 24.05 4
8 Laure Kuetey  Benin 25.57 6

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Dannette Young  United States 22.65 2
2 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor  Australia 22.70 7
3 Lucrécia Jardim  Portugal 22.95 5
4 Viktoriya Fomenko  Ukraine 23.18 1
5 Sandy Myers  Spain 23.18 6
6 Calister Ubah  Nigeria 23.34 3
7 Dora Kyriakou  Cyprus 23.85 4
8 Sylla M'Mah Touré  Guinea 26.64 8

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Juliet Cuthbert  Jamaica 23.03 6
2 Irina Privalova  Russia 23.16 2
3 Cathy Freeman  Australia 23.25 1
4 Sanna Hernesniemi  Finland 23.35 7
5 Mireille Donders  Switzerland 23.52 8
6 Maia Azarashvili  Georgia 23.63 5
7 Felipa Palacios  Colombia 24.12 4
8 Lineo Shoai  Lesotho 26.25 3

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 22.92 7
2 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 23.14 1
3 Monika Gachevska  Bulgaria 23.30 6
4 Heather Samuel  Antigua and Barbuda 23.34 5
5 Ameerah Bello  Virgin Islands 23.45 4
6 Du Xiujie  China 23.69 3
7 Guilhermina da Cruz  Angola 24.92 8
8 Marina Trandenkova  Russia DNS 2

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Galina Malchugina  Russia 22.63 1
2 Chandra Sturrup  Bahamas 22.63 7
3 Beverly McDonald  Jamaica 23.04 6
4 Zhanna Pintusevych  Ukraine 23.15 5
5 Simmone Jacobs  Great Britain 23.36 2
6 Tara Perry  Canada 23.46 3
7 Marina Živković  Yugoslavia 23.51 4
8 Kaltouma Nadjina  Chad 24.47 8

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Marie-José Pérec  France 22.62 5
2 Inger Miller  United States 22.74 3
3 Alenka Bikar  Slovenia 22.88 7
4 Katerina Koffa  Greece 23.09 4
5 Natallia Safronnikava  Belarus 23.14 8
6 Sevatheda Fynes  Bahamas 23.39 2
7 Georgette N’Koma  Cameroon 23.68 1
8 Lyudmila Dmitriady  Uzbekistan 24.88 6

Quarterfinals[edit]

Top four in each heat advanced to the semifinals.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Carlette Guidry  United States 22.51 3
2 Chandra Sturrup  Bahamas 22.81 6
3 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor  Australia 22.91 4
4 Natallia Safronnikava  Belarus 23.15 2
5 Sanna Hernesniemi  Finland 23.38 1
6 Monika Gachevska  Bulgaria 23.44 8
7 Ameerah Bello  Virgin Islands 23.66 7
8 Beverly McDonald  Jamaica DNS 5

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 22.61 4
2 Galina Malchugina  Russia 22.69 3
3 Melanie Paschke  Germany 22.84 5
4 Katerina Koffa  Greece 23.04 7
5 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 23.17 6
6 Sevatheda Fynes  Bahamas 23.26 8
7 Yan Jiankui  China 23.30 1
8 Viktoriya Fomenko  Ukraine 23.44 2

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Marie-José Pérec  France 22.24 3
2 Mary Onyali  Nigeria 22.37 5
3 Inger Miller  United States 22.57 6
4 Cathy Freeman  Australia 22.74 1
5 Lucrécia Jardim  Portugal 22.88 4
6 Simmone Jacobs  Great Britain 22.96 7
7 Sandy Myers  Spain 23.20 2
8 Heather Samuel  Antigua and Barbuda 23.54 8

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Dannette Young  United States 22.53 6
2 Juliet Cuthbert  Jamaica 22.62 4
3 Irina Privalova  Russia 22.82 3
4 Alenka Bikar  Slovenia 22.89 5
5 Myra Mayberry  Puerto Rico 23.48 8
6 Patricia Rodríguez  Colombia 23.50 1
7 Calister Ubah  Nigeria 23.62 7
8 Zhanna Pintusevych  Ukraine 23.68 2

Semifinals[edit]

Top four from each heat advanced to the finals.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Marie-José Pérec  France 22.07 4
2 Mary Onyali  Nigeria 22.16 3
3 Juliet Cuthbert  Jamaica 22.24 5
4 Inger Miller  United States 22.33 7
5 Dannette Young  United States 22.49 6
6 Cathy Freeman  Australia 22.78 2
7 Natallia Safronnikava  Belarus 22.98 1
8 Irina Privalova  Russia DNS 8

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1 Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 22.08 4
2 Galina Malchugina  Russia 22.35 6
3 Chandra Sturrup  Bahamas 22.54 5
4 Carlette Guidry  United States 22.56 3
5 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor  Australia 22.76 2
6 Melanie Paschke  Germany 22.81 7
7 Alenka Bikar  Slovenia 22.82 8
8 Katerina Koffa  Greece 23.20 1

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Lane
1st, gold medalist(s) Marie-José Pérec  France 22.12 3
2nd, silver medalist(s) Merlene Ottey  Jamaica 22.24 5
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mary Onyali  Nigeria 22.38 4
4 Inger Miller  United States 22.41 7
5 Galina Malchugina  Russia 22.45 6
6 Chandra Sturrup  Bahamas 22.54 8
7 Juliet Cuthbert  Jamaica 22.60 1
8 Carlette Guidry  United States 22.61 2

Wind in the finals = 0.3 m/s
Notes: DNS = did not start