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

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]

Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
VenueAlberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez
Date22 October (heats)
23 October (final)
Competitors31 from 20 nations
Winning time2:44.4 (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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RecordsEdit

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

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane[7] Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 1 Sharon Wichman   United States 2:46.8 Q
2 4 6 Galina Prozumenshchikova   Soviet Union 2:47.8 Q
3 5 2 Ana María Norbis   Uruguay 2:49.4 Q
4 3 1 Svetlana Babanina   Soviet Union 2:49.8 Q
4 5 4 Alla Grebennikova   Soviet Union 2:49.8 Q
6 3 3 Cathy Jamison   United States 2:50.1 Q
7 3 4 Đurđica Bjedov   Yugoslavia 2:50.2 Q
8 4 3 Chieno Shibata   Japan 2:50.6 Q
9 2 6 Jill Slattery   Great Britain 2:51.2
10 1 3 Christl Filippovits   Austria 2:51.3
11 2 4 Tamara Oynick   Mexico 2:52.4
12 2 3 Vreni Eberle   West Germany 2:52.5
13 1 2 Judy Playfair   Australia 2:52.9
14 4 2 Sue McKenzie   Australia 2:53.1
15 1 4 Dorothy Harrison   Great Britain 2:55.1
16 5 3 Yoshimi Nishigawa   Japan 2:55.3
17 3 2 Yvonne Brage   Sweden 2:56.3
18 5 7 Ann O'Connor   Ireland 2:56.4
19 4 1 Jo-Anne Barnes   Australia 2:57.4
20 5 6 Klenie Bimolt   Netherlands 2:57.9
21 4 4 Yukari Takemoto   Japan 2:57.9
22 4 5 Ellen Ingvadóttir   Iceland 2:58.2
23 3 6 Shlomit Nir   Israel 2:58.5
24 2 2 Víctoria Casas   Mexico 3:01.0
25 2 5 Diana Harris   Great Britain 3:03.4
26 3 6 Ana Elena de la Portilla   Mexico 3:03.5
27 5 5 Arlette Wilmes   Luxembourg 3:06.7
28 1 5 Hedy García   Philippines 3:08.1
29 1 1 Tamara Orejuela   Ecuador 3:08.5
30 4 7 María Moreño   El Salvador 3:15.4
31 5 1 Liana Vicens   Puerto Rico 3:16.2

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Sharon Wichman   United States 2:44.4 OR[4]
  Đurđica Bjedov   Yugoslavia 2:46.4
  Galina Prozumenshchikova   Soviet Union 2:47.0
4 Alla Grebennikova   Soviet Union 2:47.1
5 Cathy Jamison   United States 2:48.4
6 Svetlana Babanina   Soviet Union 2:48.4
7 Chieno Shibata   Japan 2:51.5
8 Ana María Norbis   Uruguay 2:51.9

SourcesEdit

  • "The Games of the XIX Olympiad Mexico 1968: The Official Report of the Organising Committee" (PDF). Volume Three, Part 1. Organizing Committee of the Games of the XIX Olympiad, Mexico 68. 1968. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  • Albert Schoenfeld, ed. (November 1968). "Results from the 1968 Olympic Games (Mexico City)" (PDF). Swimming World & Junior Swimmer. Volume 9, Issue 11. Albert Schoenfeld. ISSN 0039-7431. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  • "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.

ReferencesEdit

  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