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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres

Women's 100 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 14–15
Competitors 42 from 22 nations
Winning time 11.0 WR
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Poland
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
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 100 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The event was held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 14–15.


  • Competition format 1
  • Records 2
  • Results 3
    • Round 1 3.1

Competition format

The Women's 100m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Quarterfinals, Semifinals and a Final. The five fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the quarterfinals. The four fastest runners from each of the quarterfinal races advanced to the semifinals, where again the top four from each race advance to the final.


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Irena Szewińska (POL) 11.1 Prague, Czechoslovakia July 9, 1965
Olympic record  Wyomia Tyus (USA) 11.2 Tokyo, Japan October 15, 1964


Round 1

Heat 1

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