The 200 meter sprint for women has been a popular
event among the viewers and the athletes. The event has produced
great athletes like Irena Szewinska and Marlies Gohr.
Debut in Olympics
The 200 meter sprint event for women made its debut at the 1948
London Summer Games. Thereafter, the event has been held regularly
at the Olympics.
Venue of the Race
The race is organized on a track with 400 meter length, beginning on
the curve and ending on a straight lane. The event demands not only
speed from the athletes but also attributes like flexibility,
endurance and conditioning.
- The track is made using such substance, which allows the
sprinters to run with spiked shoes.
- Only IAAF certified automatic time measurement devices should
- Any sprinter who has failed to finish the race will not be
given any credit.
- In case the competitors are more than ten, preliminary heat
races have to be organized. Top ten of the preliminary heat
round will compete in the next round.
- The length and width of every lane on the track should be as
per the specification of International Association of Athletes
- Sprinters are not allowed to run inside the inner curve of
the track. If an athlete violates the curve, she will be
- An athlete should not obstruct the path of her fellow athlete
in any manner or she will be disqualified.
- If an athlete has more than one consecutive false starts, she
will be disqualified from the entire event.
Some great athletes in 200 meter race for women are Juliet Cuthbert,
Grace Jackson, Heike Drechsler, Irena Szewinska, Silke
Gladisch-Moller, Marlies Gohr, Marita Koch, Merlene Ottey, Marion
Jones, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Marie-Jose Perec, Gwen Torrence and
Edith McGuire. These athletes earned great name for themselves and
their country in the Olympics.