Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Women's 80 metres hurdles
The Women's 80 metres hurdles at the 1952 Summer Olympics took place on July 24 and July 25 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Australian athlete Shirley Strickland de la Hunty earned the gold medal, setting new World and Olympic records.
|Women's 80 metres hurdles|
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
|Venue||Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
|Dates||July 23 (heats and semifinals)|
July 24 (final)
|Competitors||33 from 21 nations|
Suffering from skin boils, defending champion Fanny Blankers-Koen was dropping out of other events to save herself for this event. In the first heat, Shirley Strickland set the Olympic record at 11.0. Strickland improved upon that with a 10.8 in the semi final round, joined by Maria Sander and Jean Desforges also running 10.9. It would have been a world record race but instead was wind aided.
In the final, Blankers-Koen blasted out to a clear early lead over the first hurdle. Still leading she hit the second hurdle hard and was knocked off stride. She quit after jumping the third hurdle, this was the last race of her career. Meanwhile Strickland was left with a metre lead on the closest chaser Sander. At the sixth hurdle, Sander lost her stride and struggled, leaving Maria Golubnichaya in silver position but more than 2 metres behind Strickland. And those positions held, Strickland well ahead of Golubnichaya, a slowing Sander leaning across the finish line to hold off her teammate Anneliese Seonbuchner for bronze.
The first round was held on July 23. The two fastest runners qualified for the semifinals.
|1||Shirley Strickland de la Hunty||Australia||11.0||=OR|
|5||Jorun Askersrud Tangen||Norway||12.2|
|2||Edna Maskell||South Africa||11.6|
|1||Elene Gokieli||Soviet Union||11.5|
|2||Pam Seaborne||Great Britain||11.5|
|5||Pui Wah Tang||Singapore||12.8|
|1||Jean Desforges||Great Britain||11.4|
|3||Anna Aleksandrova||Soviet Union||11.5|
|5||Constance Darnowski||United States||12.1|
|1||Maria Golubnichaya||Soviet Union||11.1|
|2||Wanda dos Santos||Brazil||11.3|
|5||Pauline Threapleton-Wainwright||Great Britain||11.9|
The semifinals were held on the July 23, the same day as the preliminary round. The first three runners from each heat qualified for the final.
|1||Shirley Strickland de la Hunty||Australia||10.8||Due to excessive wind assistance during the race,|
this result did not count as a new World Record.
|3||Jean Desforges||Great Britain||10.9|
|4||Elene Gokieli||Soviet Union||11.1|
|5||Edna Maskell||South Africa||11.2|
|1||Maria Golubnichaya||Soviet Union||11.2|
|4||Pam Seaborne||Great Britain||11.4|
|5||Wanda dos Santos||Brazil||11.4|
The final was held on July 24.
|Shirley Strickland de la Hunty||Australia||10.9||WR|
|Maria Golubnichaya||Soviet Union||11.1|
|5||Jean Desforges||Great Britain||11.6|
- "Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Women's 80 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- Official Olympic Report Archived 2008-04-11 at the Wayback Machine, la84.org.