Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metres

These are the official results of the Women's 200m metres event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The final was held on August 9, 1984.[1]

Women's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Dates8 August 1984 (heats and quarter-finals)
9 August 1984 (semi-finals and finals)
Competitors37 from 28 nations
Winning time21.81 OR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Valerie Brisco-Hooks
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Florence Griffith
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Merlene Ottey-Page
 Jamaica
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Coming into the final, future world record holder Florence Griffith had the fastest times in both the heats and semi final rounds. The winner of the other semi final, one hundredth behind was Valerie Brisco-Hooks, who had already won the 400 metres title. Brisco-Hooks, coming back after a 40 pounds (18 kg) weight gain during her pregnancy two years earlier, was not touted as a potential multi gold medalist, unlike her American teammate Carl Lewis whose performance was virtually expected. She did not accomplish the 200/400 double at the Olympic Trials.

In the final, Florence Griffith, running in lane four, the middle of the track, took the early lead through the turn. Griffith easily made up the stagger on her American teammate Randy Givens to her outside just after completing half the turn. In lane 2, Merlene Ottey-Page was the closest challenger, gaining on Kathy Cook between her and Griffith. Out in lane 7, Brisco-Hooks caught Grace Jackson to her outside shortly after Griffith had passed Givens. At the end of the turn, Griffith had a slight advantage on Ottey-Page, a metre up on Brisco-Hooks who was just slightly ahead of Cook. All the way down the home straight Griffith held her advantage over Ottey-Page, but Brisco-Hooks was in a different gear. Halfway down the straight, Brisco-Hooks had already caught the pair and was pulling away to an easy 3 metre victory. In the last 40 metres, Cook closed ground rapidly, diving for the line and just missing the bronze medal from Ottey-Page, while Griffith was less than a half a metre ahead. Jackson came from dead last at the end of the turn to finish a metre behind Ottey-Page and Cook.

Brisco-Hoocks accomplished the first 200-400 double in the Olympics. This was the second step of three gold medals in the single games won by Brisco-Hooks. To this point in history, only Fanny Blankers-Koen with 4 in 1948, and Betty Cuthbert in 1956 were the only women to have achieved this in Athletics. Four years alter, Griffith under her new married name Florence Griffith-Joyner, would also achieve three golds along with the silver medal in the 4x400 relay (where she took the baton from Brisco-Hooks). This was the third medal out of what would become nine career Olympic medals for Ottey. That too is the most for a woman in Athletics, equaled in 2016 by Allyson Felix, who was coached in part by Brisco-Hooks and Griffith's coach, future brother-in-law, Bob Kersee.

MedalistsEdit

Gold Valerie Brisco-Hooks
  United States
Silver Florence Griffith
  United States
Bronze Merlene Ottey-Page
  Jamaica

AbbreviationsEdit

Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Qualification rule: First 5 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the quarterfinals.

Wind:
Heat 1: -2.0 m/s, Heat 2: -0.4 m/s, Heat 3: -1.5 m/s, Heat 4: +0.9 m/s, Heat 5: +2.3 m/s, Heat 6: -0.7 m/s

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Florence Griffith   United States 22.56 Q
2 2 Grace Jackson   Jamaica 22.70 Q
3 5 Randy Givens   United States 22.88 Q
4 4 Merlene Ottey-Page   Jamaica 22.90 Q
5 3 Valerie Brisco-Hooks   United States 23.10 Q
6 5 Rose-Aimée Bacoul   France 23.11 Q
7 5 Sandra Whittaker   Great Britain 23.22 Q
8 4 Marisa Masullo   Italy 23.30 Q
9 1 Joan Baptiste   Great Britain 23.31 Q
10 4 Liliane Gaschet   France 23.32 Q
11 2 Pauline Davis   Bahamas 23.37 Q
12 2 Heidi-Elke Gaugel   West Germany 23.37 Q
13 4 Angela Williams   Trinidad and Tobago 23.38 Q
14 5 Ruth Waithera   Kenya 23.42 Q
15 1 Raymonde Naigre   France 23.50 Q
16 3 Els Vader   Netherlands 23.65 Q
17 6 Kathy Cook   Great Britain 23.71 Q
18 5 Janet Burke   Jamaica 23.75 Q
19 6 Helinae Marjamaa   Finland 24.10 Q
20 6 Michaela Schabinger   West Germany 24.12 Q
21 1 Angela Bailey   Canada 24.15 Q
22 1 Semra Aksu   Turkey 24.27 Q
23 2 Ruth Enang Mesode   Cameroon 24.39 Q
24 3 Teresa Rioné   Spain 24.48 Q
25 2 Nzaeli Kyomo   Tanzania 24.68 Q
26 6 Divina Estrela   Dominican Republic 24.72 Q
27 6 Elanga Buala   Papua New Guinea 24.82 Q
28 3 Mo Myeong-hui   South Korea 24.86 Q
29 4 Christa Schumann   Guatemala 24.91 Q
30 6 Françoise Mpika   Republic of the Congo 25.05 q
31 4 Emma Tahapari   Indonesia 25.07 q
32 1 Lydia de Vega   Philippines 25.10
33 5 Binta Jambane   Mozambique 25.14
34 3 Amie N'Dow   The Gambia 25.41 Q
35 2 Soraima Martha   Netherlands Antilles 25.56
36 2 Marie-Ange Wirtz   Seychelles 25.88
37 1 Miriama Tuisorisori   Fiji 26.82
1 Eugenia Osh-Williams   Sierra Leone DNS
2 Marita Payne   Canada DNS
3 Gillian Forde   Trinidad and Tobago DNS
3 Angella Taylor   Canada DNS
4 Mercy Addy   Ghana DNS
5 Grace-Ann Dinkins   Liberia DNS
5 Felicia Candelario   Dominican Republic DNS
6 Debbie Wells   Australia DNS

QuarterfinalsEdit

  • Held on 1984-08-08
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.   Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA) 22.57
2.   Valerie Brisco-Hooks (USA) 22.78
3.   Angela Bailey (CAN) 22.97
4.   Pauline Davis (BAH) 22.97
5.   Sandra Whittaker (GBR) 22.98
6.   Janet Burke (JAM) 23.56
7.   Françoise Mpika (CGO) 24.97
  Angela Williams (TRI) DNS


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.   Merlene Ottey-Page (JAM) 22.53
2.   Liliane Gaschet (FRA) 22.87
3.   Kathy Cook (GBR) 23.02
4.   Marisa Masullo (ITA) 23.19
5.   Michaela Schabinger (FRG) 23.84
6.   Mo Myung-hee (KOR) 24.70
7.   Christa Schumann (GUA) 24.90
8.   Nzaeli Kyomo (TAN) 25.11


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.   Grace Jackson (JAM) 22.52
2.   Randy Givens (USA) 22.81
3.   Els Vader (NED) 23.31
4.   Ruth Waithera (KEN) 23.37
5.   Raymonde Naigre (FRA) 23.54
6.   Teresa Rioné (ESP) 23.78
7.   Elanga Buala (PNG) 24.87
8.   Arnie Ndow (GAM) 25.24


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.   Florence Griffith (USA) 22.33
2.   Joan Baptiste (GBR) 23.11
3.   Heidi-Elke Gaugel (FRG) 23.19
4.   Helinae Marjamaa (FIN) 23.51
5.   Semra Aksu (TUR) 24.03
6.   Ruth Enang Mesode (CMR) 24.25
7.   Divina Estrella (DOM) 24.98
  Emma Tahapari (INA) DNS

SemifinalsEdit

  • Held on 1984-08-09
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.   Florence Griffith (USA) 22.27
2.   Merlene Ottey-Page (JAM) 22.57
3.   Randy Givens (USA) 22.69
4.   Liliane Gaschet (FRA) 22.73
5.   Joan Baptiste (GBR) 22.86
6.   Helinae Marjamaa (FIN) 23.12
7.   Els Vader (NED) 23.43
8.   Ruth Waithera (KEN) 23.45


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.   Valerie Brisco-Hooks (USA) 22.28
2.   Grace Jackson (JAM) 22.32
3.   Kathy Cook (GBR) 22.38
4.   Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA) 22.53
5.   Angela Bailey (CAN) 22.75
6.   Marisa Masullo (ITA) 22.88
7.   Heidi-Elke Gaugel (FRG) 23.02
7.   Pauline Davis (BAH) 23.02

FinalEdit

RANK FINAL TIME
    Valerie Brisco-Hooks (USA) 21.81 (OR)
    Florence Griffith (USA) 22.04
    Merlene Ottey-Page (JAM) 22.09
4.   Kathy Cook (GBR) 22.10
5.   Grace Jackson (JAM) 22.20
6.   Randy Givens (USA) 22.36
7.   Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA) 22.78
8.   Liliane Gaschet (FRA) 22.86

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Games: Women's 200 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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