| Events at the|
1983 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
| 3000 m|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
These are the official results of the Women's 100 metres event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total number of 49 participating athletes, with seven qualifying heats and the final held on Monday 1983-08-08.
Evelyn Ashford set the World record just over a month before this meet (at altitude). In the semi-finals, she dusted one of the East German favorites Marita Koch eased up by almost a tenth of a second out in lane 8. As the number 1 qualifier, she still was placed in lane 2, with number 2 qualifier, winner of the other semi-final Marlies Oelsner-Göhr across the track in lane 8. Koch was given lane 4 again.
At the start, Koch and Ashford were out fast, about even 40 metres into the race. Suddenly Ashford jumped, leaning back and hopping to stay off her leg as her hamstring exploded before collapsing to the track. Göhr gained steadily on her teammate Koch, passing her with more closing speed 20 meters out. Sensing a further challenge from Diane Williams next to her, Koch leaned at the finish to hold on to second.
|Gold|| Marlies Göhr |
East Germany (GDR)
|Silver|| Marita Koch |
East Germany (GDR)
|Bronze|| Diane Williams |
United States (USA)
Existing records at the start of the event.
|World Record||Evelyn Ashford (USA)||10.79||Colorado Springs, USA||July 3, 1983|
|Championship Record||New event|
|RANK||FINAL Wind: -0.5||TIME|
|Marlies Göhr (GDR)||10.97 CR|
|Marita Koch (GDR)||11.02|
|Diane Williams (USA)||11.06|
|4.||Merlene Ottey (JAM)||11.19|
|5.||Angela Bailey (CAN)||11.20|
|6.||Helinä Marjamaa (FIN)||11.24|
|7.||Angella Taylor (CAN)||11.30|
|Evelyn Ashford (USA)||DNF|
|RANK||HEAT 1 Wind: -0.5||TIME|
|1.||Marlies Göhr (GDR)||11.05|
|2.||Angela Bailey (CAN)||11.18|
|3.||Diane Williams (USA)||11.21|
|4.||Helinä Marjamaa (FIN)||11.29|
|5.||Silke Gladisch (GDR)||11.30|
|6.||Anelia Nuneva (BUL)||11.31|
|7.||Alice Brown (USA)||11.33|
|8.||Shirley Thomas (GBR)||11.53|
|RANK||HEAT 2 Wind: -0.6||TIME|
|1.||Evelyn Ashford (USA)||10.99|
|2.||Marita Koch (GDR)||11.08|
|3.||Angella Taylor (CAN)||11.22|
|4.||Merlene Ottey (JAM)||11.26|
|5.||Olga Antonova (URS)||11.30|
|6.||Nadezhda Georgieva (BUL)||11.36|
|7.||Heather Oakes (GBR)||11.50|
|8.||Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA)||11.59|
|RANK||HEAT 1 Wind: +0.8||TIME|
|1.||Anelia Nuneva (BUL)||11.20|
|2.||Angella Taylor (CAN)||11.24|
|3.||Alice Brown (USA)||11.30|
|4.||Olga Antonova (URS)||11.32|
|5.||Els Vader (NED)||11.56|
|6.||Leleith Hodges (JAM)||11.63|
|7.||Marie-France Loval (FRA)||11.79|
|8.||Monika Hirsch (FRG)||11.91|
|RANK||HEAT 2 Wind: -0.6||TIME|
|1.||Marita Koch (GDR)||11.25|
|2.||Merlene Ottey (JAM)||11.33|
|3.||Helinä Marjamaa (FIN)||11.34|
|4.||Nadezhda Georgieva (BUL)||11.43|
|5.||Beverley Callender (GBR)||11.48|
|6.||Esmeralda de Jesus Garcia (BRA)||11.64|
|7.||Dorthe A. Rasmussen (DEN)||11.67|
|8.||Lydia de Vega (PHI)||11.90|
|RANK||HEAT 3 Wind: -0.2||TIME|
|1.||Diane Williams (USA)||11.25|
|2.||Silke Gladisch (GDR)||11.36|
|3.||Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA)||11.42|
|4.||Shirley Thomas (GBR)||11.48|
|5.||Rufina Ubah (NGR)||11.60|
|6.||Pauline Davis (BAH)||11.62|
|7.||Juliet Cuthbert (JAM)||11.67|
|8.||Radislava Šoborová (TCH)||11.90|
|RANK||HEAT 4 Wind: -0.2||TIME|
|1.||Evelyn Ashford (USA)||11.11|
|2.||Marlies Göhr (GDR)||11.16|
|3.||Angela Bailey (CAN)||11.36|
|4.||Heather Oakes (GBR)||11.57|
|5.||Marina Romanova (URS)||11.61|
|6.||Lena Möller (SWE)||11.75|
|7.||Laurence Bily (FRA)||11.76|
|8.||Shen Shu-foog (TPE)||12.17|
|RANK||HEAT 1 Wind: +1.1||TIME|
|1.||Olga Antonova (URS)||11.26|
|2.||Marlies Göhr (GDR)||11.34|
|3.||Esmeralda de Jesus Garcia (BRA)||11.57|
|4.||Leleith Hodges (JAM)||11.58|
|5.||Radislava Šoborová (TCH)||11.80|
|6.||Mary Mensah (GHA)||12.26|
|7.||Rose Phillips-King (IVB)||12.87|
|RANK||HEAT 2 Wind: +0.9||TIME|
|1.||Marita Koch (GDR)||11.24|
|2.||Angela Bailey (CAN)||11.31|
|3.||Rose-Aimée Bacoul (FRA)||11.38|
|4.||Dorthe A. Rasmussen (DEN)||11.42|
|5.||Monika Hirsch (FRG)||11.73|
|6.||Felicite Bada (BEN)||13.15|
|Mesode Ruth Enang (CMR)||DNS|
|RANK||HEAT 3 Wind: +1.2||TIME|
|1.||Diane Williams (USA)||11.23|
|2.||Helinä Marjamaa (FIN)||11.47|
|3.||Beverley Callender (GBR)||11.65|
|4.||Rufina Ubah (NGR)||11.67|
|5.||Esther Hope (TRI)||12.19|
|6.||June Caddle (BAR)||12.56|
|7.||Judith Nimpaye (BDI)||14.65|
|RANK||HEAT 4 Wind: +0.9||TIME|
|1.||Evelyn Ashford (USA)||11.15|
|2.||Marina Romanova (URS)||11.54|
|3.||Pauline Davis (BAH)||11.56|
|4.||Els Vader (NED)||11.58|
|5.||Lena Möller (SWE)||11.62|
|6.||Amie Ndow (GAM)||12.63|
|Semra Aksu (TUR)||DNS|
|RANK||HEAT 5 Wind: +1.6||TIME|
|1.||Merlene Ottey (JAM)||11.30|
|2.||Anelia Nuneva (BUL)||11.43|
|3.||Heather Oakes (GBR)||11.60|
|4.||Marie-France Loval (FRA)||11.71|
|5.||Walapa Tangjitnusorn (THA)||12.26|
|6.||Mo Myong-hee (KOR)||12.26|
|7.||Marisol Garcia (NCA)||12.99|
|RANK||HEAT 6 Wind: +0.3||TIME|
|1.||Angella Taylor (CAN)||11.45|
|2.||Shirley Thomas (GBR)||11.54|
|3.||Nadezhda Georgieva (BUL)||11.58|
|4.||Ruperta Charles (ATG)||12.18|
|5.||Evelyne Farrell (AHO)||12.19|
|6.||Carmela Bolivár (PER)||12.31|
|7.||Pushpa Bhatta (NEP)||13.89|
|RANK||HEAT 7 Wind: +2.1||TIME|
|1.||Alice Brown (USA)||11.26 w|
|2.||Silke Gladisch (GDR)||11.28 w|
|3.||Laurence Bily (FRA)||11.53 w|
|4.||Juliet Cuthbert (JAM)||11.58 w|
|5.||Lydia de Vega (PHI)||11.74 w|
|6.||Shen Shu-foog (TPE)||11.85 w|
|7.||Koumba Kante (GUI)||13.37 w|
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