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Athletics At the 1956 Summer Olympics %E2%80%93 Women's 200 Metres
Women's 200 metres
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground
Date November 29-30
Competitors 27from 12 nations
Winning time 23.4
Video on YouTube Official Video @1:04:35

The women's 200 metres competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia was held at the Olympic Stadium on November 29-30.[1]


At home, Australia got three athletes into the final, led by already 100 metres champion Betty Cuthbert. Running in lane 5, with 100 metres silver medalist Christa Stubnick to her outside in lane 6, Cuthbert took an early lead making up the stagger on Stubnick more than 20 metres before the end of the turn. By the time they were all on the straightaway, she had a meter lead on Stubnick with no competition coming from the inside. She widened it to three metres by the finish. The race for bronze was more competitive as the other semi-final winner, June Foulds had opened up a metre lead over the other two Australians through the turn, but both were gaining. 50 metres out, Norma Croker caught Foulds marginally ahead, but Marlene Mathews-Willard continued to gain, opening up a meter on her compatriot by the finish, to take bronze. It was the same finish order as the 100 metres.

Competition format

The women's 200m competition started with six heats, where the fastest two from each heat qualified to one of the two semifinals groups. The three fastest runners from each semifinals group advanced to the final.


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Betty Cuthbert (AUS) 23.2 Sydney, Australia September 16, 1956
Olympic record  Marjorie Jackson (AUS) 23.4 Helsinki, Finland July 26, 1952



Heat 1

Rank Name Country Result
1 Betty Cuthbert  Australia 23.5 Q
2 Mae Faggs  United States 24.9 Q
3 Diane Matheson  Canada 25.7
4 Mary Klass  Singapore 26.3
5 Maeve Kyle  Ireland 26.4

Heat 2

Heat 3

Rank Name Country Result
1 Christa Stubnick  United Team of Germany 24.5 Q
2 Norma Croker  Australia 24.9 Q
3 Giuseppina Leone  Italy 25.6
4 Meredith Ellis  United States 26.3

Heat 4

Rank Name Country Result
1 June Foulds  Great Britain 23.8 Q
2 Vera Yugova  Soviet Union 24.9 Q
3 Letizia Bertoni  Italy 25.2
4 Claudette Masdammer  Guyana 25.4

Heat 5

Rank Name Country Result
1 Heather Armitage  Great Britain 24.8 Q
2 Barbara Janiszewska  Poland 24.8 Q
3 Simone Henry  France 25.0
4 Olga Kosheleva  Soviet Union 25.3

Heat 6


Group 1

Group 2



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