Women's 200 metres world record progression

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The first World Record in the 200 m for women (athletics) was recognised by the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale (FSFI) in 1922. The FSFI was absorbed by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1936. However, the IAAF did not maintain a record category for 200 m (bend) as opposed to 200 m (straight) until after 1951. The IAAF eliminated the 200 m (straight) record after 1976. "y" denotes times set at 220 yards (201.17 m) which were ratified as world records.

To June 21, 2009, the IAAF (and the FSFI before it) have ratified 26 world records in the event.[1]

Records 1922–36; 1951–76[edit]

Time Wind Auto Athlete Nationality Venue Date
27.8+ Alice Cast  United Kingdom Paris, France August 20, 1922[1]
26.8y Mary Lines  United Kingdom Waddon, England September 23, 1922[1]
26.2y Eileen Edwards  United Kingdom London, England August 20, 1924[1]
26.0 Eileen Edwards  United Kingdom Paris, France October 3, 1926[1]
25.4 Eileen Edwards  United Kingdom Berlin, Germany June 12, 1927[1]
24.6 Tollien Schuurman  Netherlands Brussels, Belgium August 13, 1933[1]
23.6 Stanislawa Walasiewicz[2]  Poland Warsaw, Poland August 4, 1935[1]
23.6 23.73 Marjorie Jackson  Australia Helsinki, Finland July 25, 1952[1]
23.4 23.59 Marjorie Jackson  Australia Helsinki, Finland July 25, 1952[1]
23.2 Betty Cuthbert  Australia Sydney, Australia September 16, 1956[1]
23.2y Betty Cuthbert  Australia Hobart, Tasmania March 7, 1960[1]
22.9 1.4 Wilma Rudolph  United States Corpus Christi, USA July 9, 1960[1]
22.9y 0.0 Margaret Burvill  Australia Perth, Australia February 22, 1964[1]
22.7 0.8 Irena Szewińska  Poland Warsaw, Poland August 8, 1965[1]
22.5A 2.0 22.58A Irena Szewińska  Poland Mexico City, Mexico October 18, 1968[1]
22.4 0.8 22.62 Chi Cheng  Taiwan Munich, Germany July 12, 1970[1]
22.4 1.1 22.40 Renate Stecher  East Germany Munich, Germany September 7, 1972[1]
22.1 1.6 22.38 Renate Stecher  East Germany Dresden, Germany July 21, 1973[1]
22.1 1.9 22.21 Irena Szewińska  Poland Potsdam, Germany June 13, 1974[1]

(+) denotes en route time set during longer race

The "Time" column indicates the ratified mark; the "Wind" column indicates the wind assistance in metres per second, 2.0 m/s the current maximum allowable, a negative indicates the mark was set running into a wind; the "Auto" column indicates a fully-automatic time that was also recorded in the event when hand-timed marks were used for official records, or which was the basis for the official mark, rounded to the 10th or 100th of a second, depending on the rules then in place. A "y" indicates a distance measured in yards and ratified as a world record in this event.

Records from 1977[edit]

From 1975, the IAAF accepted separate automatically electronically timed records for events up to 400 metres. Starting January 1, 1977, the IAAF required fully automatic timing to the hundredth of a second for these events.[1]

Irena Szewińska's 22.21 from 1974 was the fastest eligible 200 metre performance at that time.

Time Wind Athlete Nationality Venue Date
22.21 1.9 Irena Szewińska  Poland Potsdam, East Germany June 13, 1974[1]
22.06 1.2 Marita Koch  East Germany Erfurt, East Germany May 28, 1978[1]
22.02 -1.4 Marita Koch  East Germany Leipzig, East Germany June 3, 1979[1]
21.71 0.7 Marita Koch  East Germany Karl Marx Stadt, East Germany June 10, 1979[1]
21.71 0.3 Marita Koch  East Germany Potsdam, East Germany July 21, 1984[1]
21.71 1.9 Heike Drechsler  East Germany Jena, East Germany June 29, 1986[1]
21.71 -0.8 Heike Drechsler  East Germany Stuttgart, West Germany August 29, 1986[1]
21.56 1.7 Florence Griffith-Joyner  United States Seoul, South Korea September 29, 1988[1]
21.34 1.2 Florence Griffith-Joyner  United States Seoul, South Korea September 29, 1988[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 640, 641. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Intersex