Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Alberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez
Date 22 October (heats)
23 October (final)
Competitors 31 from 20 nations
Winning time 2:44.4 (OR)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Sharon Wichman  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Đurđica Bjedov  Yugoslavia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Galina Prozumenshchikova  Soviet Union
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Swimming at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
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400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
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Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics, took place on October 22–23, at the Alberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the tenth appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 31 competitors from 20 nations participated in the event.[1] American Catie Ball was the large favourite to win the event, as she had broken the world record in this event the last three times.[2] However, she was suffering from a virus infection and was forced to withdraw from the heats.[3] Her 16-year-old teammate Sharon Wichman won the event, breaking bronze medalist Galina Prozumenshchikova's Olympic record in the final.[4]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:

World record  Catie Ball (USA) 2:38.5 s Los Angeles, United States 26 August 1968
Olympic record  Galina Prozumenshchikova (URS) 2:46.4 s Tokyo, Japan 12 October 1964

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time OR WR
23 October Final Sharon Wichman  United States 2:44.4 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane[7] Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 1 Wichman, SharonSharon Wichman  United States 2:46.8 Q
2 4 6 Prozumenshchikova, GalinaGalina Prozumenshchikova  Soviet Union 2:47.8 Q
3 5 2 Norbis, Ana MaríaAna María Norbis  Uruguay 2:49.4 Q
4 3 1 Babanina, SvetlanaSvetlana Babanina  Soviet Union 2:49.8 Q
4 5 4 Grebennikova, AllaAlla Grebennikova  Soviet Union 2:49.8 Q
6 3 3 Jamison, CathyCathy Jamison  United States 2:50.1 Q
7 3 4 Bjedov, ĐurđicaĐurđica Bjedov  Yugoslavia 2:50.2 Q
8 4 3 Shibata, ChienoChieno Shibata  Japan 2:50.6 Q
9 2 6 Slattery, JillJill Slattery  Great Britain 2:51.2
10 1 3 Filippovits, ChristlChristl Filippovits  Austria 2:51.3
11 2 4 Oynick, TamaraTamara Oynick  Mexico 2:52.4
12 2 3 Eberle, VreniVreni Eberle  West Germany 2:52.5
13 1 2 Playfair, JudyJudy Playfair  Australia 2:52.9
14 4 2 McKenzie, SueSue McKenzie  Australia 2:53.1
15 1 4 Harrison, DorothyDorothy Harrison  Great Britain 2:55.1
16 5 3 Nishigawa, YoshimiYoshimi Nishigawa  Japan 2:55.3
17 3 2 Brage, YvonneYvonne Brage  Sweden 2:56.3
18 5 7 O'Connor, AnnAnn O'Connor  Ireland 2:56.4
19 4 1 Barnes, Jo-AnneJo-Anne Barnes  Australia 2:57.4
20 5 6 Bimolt, KlenieKlenie Bimolt  Netherlands 2:57.9
21 4 4 Takemoto, YukariYukari Takemoto  Japan 2:57.9
22 4 5 Ingvadóttir, EllenEllen Ingvadóttir  Iceland 2:58.2
23 3 6 Nir, ShlomitShlomit Nir  Israel 2:58.5
24 2 2 Casas, VíctoriaVíctoria Casas  Mexico 3:01.0
25 2 5 Harris, DianaDiana Harris  Great Britain 3:03.4
26 3 6 de la Portilla, Ana ElenaAna Elena de la Portilla  Mexico 3:03.5
27 5 5 Wilmes, ArletteArlette Wilmes  Luxembourg 3:06.7
28 1 5 García, HedyHedy García  Philippines 3:08.1
29 1 1 Orejuela, TamaraTamara Orejuela  Ecuador 3:08.5
30 4 7 Moreño, MaríaMaría Moreño  El Salvador 3:15.4
31 5 1 Vicens, LianaLiana Vicens  Puerto Rico 3:16.2

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Wichman, SharonSharon Wichman  United States 2:44.4 OR[4]
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bjedov, ĐurđicaĐurđica Bjedov  Yugoslavia 2:46.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Prozumenshchikova, GalinaGalina Prozumenshchikova  Soviet Union 2:47.0
4 Grebennikova, AllaAlla Grebennikova  Soviet Union 2:47.1
5 Jamison, CathyCathy Jamison  United States 2:48.4
6 Babanina, SvetlanaSvetlana Babanina  Soviet Union 2:48.4
7 Shibata, ChienoChieno Shibata  Japan 2:51.5
8 Norbis, Ana MaríaAna María Norbis  Uruguay 2:51.9

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Final". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "LCM Women Records" (PDF). USA Swimming. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Catie Ball". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b OCGOM, p. 369
  5. ^ Schoenfeld, p. 15
  6. ^ "The Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo 1964: The Official Report of the Organising Committee" (PDF). Volume Two, Part 2. Organizing Committee of the Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo. 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Schoenfeld, pp. 55-56