LEAD IN: The women's 200 meter Olympic final on Wednesday was won by Baerbel Eckert of East Germany, who beat her team-mate Renate Stecher, the favourite, into third place.
LEAD IN: The women's 200 meter Olympic final on Wednesday was won by Baerbel Eckert of East Germany, who beat her team-mate Renate Stecher, the favourite, into third place. Another German girl - Annegret Richter of West Germany - came second. The German girls dominated throughout after the disqualification of Australia's raelene Boyle, who made two false starts in the semi-finals.
The women's high jump event held no surprises. Another East German girl, Rosi Ackermann, who has three times broken the world record, leaped her way to victory at 1.93 meters - an Olympic record. Spurred on by success, Rosi, decided to have another try at beating her own world record by jumping 1.97 meters - but failed. Sara Simeoni of Italy won the silver and Yordanka Blagoeva of Bulgaria the bronze.
We now take a look at the women's 200-meter heats and final, and the winning jumps of the women's high jump.
SYNOPSIS: The women's 200 meters got off to a pretty bad start, In one of the semi-finals, Australia's Raelene Boyle -- in the far lane -- made two false starts. Raelene Boyle, silver medallist in 1968 when she was seventeen, silver medallist again four years ago in Munich, is disqualified from the competition. The third start is a good one. Stecher makes a good getaway and is closing on America's Armstrong;also going well is West German Helten on the inside and Jamaica's Cummings. And it's Stecher, the defending champion from East Germany, then Carla Bodendorf, also of East Germany. Stecher is well, well clear. Stecher wins, then the other East German, with East Germany's Inge Helten and Russia's Prorechenko into the final in third and fourth place.
The second heat gets underway first time, and they've broken very evenly. And now it's Richter of West Germany sprinting away from the pack; also doing well is Australia's robertson next to the outside; on the inside Eckert, and Baerbel Eckert of East Germany leads off the van, with Richter in second place; Robertson is going quite well; Chantal Rega is going well for France. On the far side, though, it's easy for Eckert. In second place, Richter. Third was Robertson and fourth Rega. Those four go into the final.
The 200-meter final -- and they're off...and it's Richter of West Germany, who has gone up tremendously fast, as you'd expect of the 100-meter gold medallist. It's Richter now leading. Baerbel Eckert going well too, but Richter remaining in the lead. And here's the powerful run of the champion on the near side - with Eckert of East Germany on the far side. It's German one-two-three. And Eckert wins it. Richter is second. And Renata Stecher, defending champion...has to settle for bronze.
When Italy's Sara Simeoni cleared the bar at 1m.91, she really thought she'd made it. She was in the lead.
Bulgaria's Yordanka Blagoeva was successful at the same height -- 1m.91 -- but as the Italian girl had fewer faults, it was a bronze for the Bulgarian jumper with the silver medal going to Simeoni. It was twenty-four-year-old Rosi Ackermann of East Germany, however, who carried off the gold. It was no easy win - she needed two attempts to clear her winning height of 1m.93. Having got that far, she decided to set her sights even higher - and made three attempts -- unsuccessful, however -- at beating the world record by jumping 1m.97.