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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 14–16
Competitors 29 from 22 nations
Winning time 52.0
Medalists
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Soviet Union
Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The Women's 400 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico was held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 14–16.

Competition format

The Women's 200m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final. The four fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals. The four fastest competitors from each of the Semifinal races qualified for the final.

Records

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

World record
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