Athletics at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres

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Women's 100 metres
at the Games of the XXV Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates31 July 1992 (heats and quarter-finals)
1 August 1992 (semi-finals and finals)
Competitors55 from 41 nations
Winning time10.82
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg Gail Devers
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Silver medal icon.svg Juliet Cuthbert
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
Bronze medal icon.svg Irina Privalova
Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team
  1988
1996  
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The women's 100 metres was an event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were a total of 55 participating athletes, with seven qualifying heats. The top four in each heat qualified for the quarterfinals along with the four fastest remaining. [1]

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The world record holder and defending gold medalist Florence Griffith-Joyner had retired. The returning silver medalist, 35 year old Evelyn Ashford ran fast in the quarterfinals but was eliminated in the semis. Other returning veterans included Merlene Ottey, who won her first Olympic medal in 1980, Gwen Torrence and Anelia Nuneva who made a heroic attempt to keep up with Griffith-Joyner four years earlier, only to have her hamstring explode in the attempt. Through the semi-final round, Juliet Cuthbert had the fastest qualifying time, while Gwen Torrence was the winner of the other semi-final. Both Cuthbert and Torrence were also returning finalists from 1988. Irina Privalova, Mary Onyali and Liliana Allen were younger sprinters. As the world championship silver medalist in the 100 metres hurdles, Gail Devers was known as a hurdler and didn't carry a strong reputation as a sprinter, though she had finished a distant second in Griffith-Joyner's world record race.

From the gun in the final, Privalova leaped out to an early lead in lane 6. Less noticed in lane 2, Devers also got a slight edge on the two Jamaicans and Torrence in the middle of the track. But Privalova couldn't put them away, instead all three were slowly gaining on the early leaders, with Cuthbert gaining a slight edge amongst the three. By the finish, Devers, Cuthbert, Privalova and Torrence all were within a foot of one another, with Ottey only another foot back. Separated by inches, Devers beat Cuthbert to the line. Privalova barely arrived ahead of Torrence who passed her in the next step after the line.

Four years later, it would be Devers again by inches ahead of Ottey and Torrence to become only the second woman to win the 100 twice in a row.

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record10.49 Flag of the United States.svg Florence Griffith-Joyner Indianapolis (USA)July 16, 1988
Olympic Record10.62 Flag of the United States.svg Florence Griffith-Joyner Seoul (KOR)September 24, 1988

Results

Heats

First 4 from each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) qualified for the semifinals.

RankHeatAthleteNationTimeNotes
13 Juliet Cuthbert Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 11.14Q
24 Gail Devers Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.23Q
36 Evelyn Ashford Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.23Q
41 Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 11.26Q
55 Gwen Torrence Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.28Q
67 Beatrice Utondu Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.30Q
73 Anelia Nuneva Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 11.34Q
86 Mary Onyali Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.37Q
95 Christy Opara Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.39Q
102 Irina Privalova Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 11.42Q
116 Wang Huei-Chen Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 11.43Q
121 Sisko Hanhijoki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 11.44Q
133 Elinda Vorster South African Olympic Flag.svg  South Africa 11.45Q
137 Olga Bogoslovskaya Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 11.45Q
157 Nelli Fiere-Cooman Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11.47Q
164 Pauline Davis-Thompson Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 11.48Q
175 Liliana Allen Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 11.49Q
181 Patricia Girard Flag of France.svg  France 11.51Q
193 Melinda Gainsford Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 11.57Q
197 Laurence Bily Flag of France.svg  France 11.57Q
216 Lucrécia Jardim Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 11.58Q
222 Kerry Johnson Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 11.62Q
223 Odiah Sidibé Flag of France.svg  France 11.62q
244 Stephanie Douglas Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11.65Q
254 Myra Mayberry-Wilkinson Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg  Puerto Rico 11.67Q
261 Gao Han Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11.68Q
266 Tian Yumei Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11.68q
282 Xiao Yehua Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11.69Q
287 Sabine Tröger Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 11.69q
301 Cristina Castro Salvador Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 11.72q
312 Dahlia Duhaney Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 11.73Q
315 Andrea Philipp Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 11.73Q
335 Lalao Robine Ravaoniriana Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 11.74
344 Heather Samuel Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  Antigua and Barbuda 11.76
355 Patricia Foufoué Ziga Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 11.77
362 Karen Clarke Flag of Canada.svg  Canada 11.79
372 N'Deye Binta Dia Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 11.83
382 Damayanthi Darsha Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 11.88
393 Ratjai Sripet Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 11.99
407 Marcel Winkler South African Olympic Flag.svg  South Africa 12.01
416 Dawnette Douglas Flag of Bermuda (1910-1999).svg  Bermuda 12.05
424 Gaily Dube Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 12.08
431 Trương Hoàng Mỹ Linh Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 12.11
443 Monique Kengné Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 12.12
446 Zoila Stewart Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 12.12
465 Ngozi Mwanamwambwa Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg  Zambia 12.13
477 Aminata Konaté Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 12.33
481 Gail Prescod Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 12.41
493 Vaciseva Tavaga Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 12.47
506 Deirdre Caruana Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 12.59
515 Muyegbe Mubala Flag of Zaire.svg  Zaire 12.76
524 Laure Kuetey Flag of Benin.svg  Benin 13.11
532 Aminath Rishtha Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 13.66
7 Magdalena Ansue Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea DSQ
4 Antónia de Jesus Flag of Angola.svg  Angola DNS

Quarterfinals

Quarterfinal 1

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Evelyn Ashford Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.13Q
2 Beatrice Utondu Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.31Q
3 Sisko Hanhijoki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 11.50Q
4 Patricia Girard Flag of France.svg  France 11.54Q
5 Kerry Johnson Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 11.59
6 Dahlia Duhaney Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 11.61
7 Lucrécia Jardim Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 11.66
8 Tian Yumei Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11.78

Quarterfinal 2

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Juliet Cuthbert Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 11.12Q
2 Anelia Nuneva Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 11.17Q
3 Mary Onyali Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.28Q
4 Elinda Vorster South African Olympic Flag.svg  South Africa 11.44Q
5 Nelli Fiere-Cooman Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11.55
6 Laurence Bily Flag of France.svg  France 11.64
7 Myra Mayberry Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg  Puerto Rico 11.69
8 Cristina Castro Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 11.79

Quarterfinal 3

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 11.15Q
2 Gwen Torrence Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.17Q
3 Pauline Davis Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 11.31Q
4 Olga Bogoslovskaya Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 11.43Q
5 Odiah Sidibé Flag of France.svg  France 11.63
6 Andrea Philipp Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 11.67
7 Xiao Yehua Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11.73
8 Stephanie Douglas Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11.77

Quarterfinal 4

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Irina Privalova Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 10.98Q
2 Gail Devers Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.17Q
3 Liliana Allen Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 11.33Q
4 Christy Opara-Thompson Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.42Q
5 Wang Huei-Chen Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 11.57
6 Melinda Gainsford Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 11.67
7 Gao Han Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 11.76
8 Sabine Tröger Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 11.76

Semifinals

Semifinal 1

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Gwen Torrence Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.02Q
2 Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 11.07Q
3 Irina Privalova Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 11.08Q
4 Mary Onyali Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.30Q
5 Pauline Davis Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 11.34
6 Christy Opara-Thompson Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.47
7 Sisko Hanhijoki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 11.65
8 Patricia Girard Flag of France.svg  France 11.70

Semifinal 2

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Juliet Cuthbert Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 10.98Q
2 Gail Devers Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.12Q
3 Anelia Nuneva Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 11.17Q
4 Liliana Allen Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 11.28Q
5 Evelyn Ashford Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11.29
6 Elinda Vorster South African Olympic Flag.svg  South Africa 11.44
7 Olga Bogoslovskaya Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 11.45
8 Beatrice Utondu Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.53

Final

RankLaneAthleteNationTime
Gold medal icon.svg2 Gail Devers Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10.82
Silver medal icon.svg3 Juliet Cuthbert Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 10.83
Bronze medal icon.svg6 Irina Privalova Olympic flag.svg  Unified Team 10.84
45 Gwen Torrence Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10.86
54 Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 10.88
67 Anelia Nuneva Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 11.10
78 Mary Onyali Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 11.15
81 Liliana Allen Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 11.19

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