Athletics At The 1948 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 Metres
Women's 200 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates August 5 (heats and semifinals)
August 6 (final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Fanny Blankers-Koen
 Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Audrey Williamson
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Audrey Patterson
 United States
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The women's 200 metres sprint event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place on August 5 and August 6. The final was won by Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen. It was the first time this event was included in the Summer Olympics.[1]

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World record was as follows.

World Record  Stanis?awa Walasiewicz (POL) 23.6 Warsaw, Poland 4 August 1935

Since it was the first time this event took place, the following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
6 August Final  Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED) 24.4 OR

Schedule

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 5 August 1948 15:30
17:00
Round 1
Semifinals
Friday, 6 August 1948 16:30 Final

Results

Round 1

Round 1 took place on 5 August. The first two runners from each heat advanced to the semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen  Netherlands 25.7
2 Liliane Sprécher  France 26.0
3 Mae Faggs  United States 26.0
4 Melânia Luz  Brazil 26.6 EST
5 Phyllis Edness  Bermuda 26.6

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Cynthia Thompson  Jamaica 25.6
2 Sylvia Cheeseman  Great Britain 25.7
3 Diane Foster  Canada 26.1
4 Helena de Menezes  Brazil 27.7

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Joyce King  Australia 25.9
2 Phyllis Lightbourne-Jones  Bermuda 27.0
3 Lucila Pini  Brazil 27.6
4 Maria-Therese Renard  Belgium 28.5
5 Olga Sicnerova  Czechoslovakia 28.5

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Daphne Robb-Hasenjager  South Africa 24.4
2 Shirley Strickland  Australia 25.1
3 Nell Jackson  United States 25.8
4 Donna Gilmore  Canada 25.8
5 Alma Butia  Yugoslavia 25.8

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Audrey Patterson  United States 25.5
2 Margaret Walker  Great Britain 25.8
3 Kathleen Russell  Jamaica 26.3
4 Ann-Britt Leyman  Sweden 26.3
5 Tilly Decker  Luxembourg 26.3
6 Betty Kretschmer  Chile 26.3

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Betty McKinnon  Australia 25.9
2 Rosine Faugouin  France 25.9
3 Gre de Jongh  Netherlands 26.2
4 Grete Pavlousek  Austria 26.2

Heat 7

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Audrey Williamson  Great Britain 25.4
2 Nel Karelse  Netherlands 26.0
3 Millie Cheater  Canada 26.4
4 Annegret Weller-Schneider  Chile 26.4

Semifinals

The semifinals took place on 5 August. The top three runners from each heat advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen  Netherlands 24.3
2 Audrey Patterson  United States 25.0
3 Margaret Walker  Great Britain 25.3
4 Cynthia Thompson  Jamaica 25.3
5 Rosine Faugouin  France 25.3
6 Joyce King  Australia 25.3
7 Phyllis Lightbourne-Jones  Bermuda 25.3

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Shirley Strickland  Australia 24.9
2 Audrey Williamson  Great Britain 24.9
3 Daphne Robb-Hasenjager  South Africa 25.1
4 Sylvia Cheeseman  Great Britain 25.1
5 Nel Karelse  Netherlands 25.1
6 Liliane Sprécher  France 25.1
7 Betty McKinnon  Australia 25.1

Final

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Fanny Blankers-Koen  Netherlands 24.4 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Audrey Williamson  Great Britain 25.1
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Audrey Patterson  United States 25.2
4 Shirley Strickland  Australia 25.3 Est
5 Margaret Walker  Great Britain 25.6 Est
6 Daphne Robb-Hasenjäger  South Africa 25.7 Est

Key: Est = Time is an estimate, OR = Olympic record

Despite Strickland's 4th placing in the final, a photo finish of the race (that was not consulted then but discovered in 1975) showed that she had beaten Patterson into 3rd place, a discrepancy that has been recognised by many reputable Olympic historians.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Women's 200 metres". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "Shirley Strickland". athletics.com.au. Athletics Australia. Retrieved 2015. 

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