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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.[1]

Women's 80 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
VenueHelsinki Olympic Stadium
DatesJuly 23 (heats and semifinals)
July 24 (final)
Competitors33 from 21 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Shirley Strickland de la Hunty  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Maria Golubnichaya  Soviet Union
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Maria Sander  Germany
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SummaryEdit

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.

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The first round was held on July 23. The two fastest runners qualified for the semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty   Australia 11.0 =OR
2 Milena Greppi   Italy 11.7
3 Miyo Miyashita   Japan 11.8
4 Colette Elloy   France 11.9
5 Jorun Askersrud Tangen   Norway 12.2

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen   Netherlands 11.2
2 Edna Maskell   South Africa 11.6
3 Klára Soós   Hungary 11.9
4 Hilde Antes   Saar 12.0
5 Nilima Ghose   India 12.9

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Elene Gokieli   Soviet Union 11.5
2 Pam Seaborne   Great Britain 11.5
3 Wilhelmina Lust   Netherlands 11.6
4 Seija Pöntinen   Finland 11.8
5 Pui Wah Tang   Singapore 12.8

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Jean Desforges   Great Britain 11.4
2 Anneliese Seonbuchner   Germany 11.4
3 Luella Law   Canada 11.8
4 Helene Bielansky   Austria 11.8
5 Sylvi Keskinen   Finland 12.4
6 Leah Horowitz-Ravid   Israel 12.4

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Maria Sander   Germany 11.3
2 Claudie Flament   France 11.5
3 Anna Aleksandrova   Soviet Union 11.5
4 Maria Musso   Italy 11.9
5 Constance Darnowski   United States 12.1
6 Aino Autio   Finland 12.1

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Maria Golubnichaya   Soviet Union 11.1
2 Wanda dos Santos   Brazil 11.3
3 Yvette Monginou   France 11.3
4 Elfriede Steurer   Austria 11.4
5 Pauline Threapleton-Wainwright   Great Britain 11.9
6 Gretel Bolliger   Switzerland 12.3

SemifinalsEdit

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.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
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.[2]
2 Maria Sander   Germany 10.9
3 Jean Desforges   Great Britain 10.9
4 Elene Gokieli   Soviet Union 11.1
5 Edna Maskell   South Africa 11.2
6 Milena Greppi   Italy 11.4

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Maria Golubnichaya   Soviet Union 11.2
2 Fanny Blankers-Koen   Netherlands 11.3
3 Anneliese Seonbuchner   Germany 11.4
4 Pam Seaborne   Great Britain 11.4
5 Wanda dos Santos   Brazil 11.4
6 Claudie Flament   France 11.6

FinalEdit

The final was held on July 24.

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
  Shirley Strickland de la Hunty   Australia 10.9 WR
  Maria Golubnichaya   Soviet Union 11.1
  Maria Sander   Germany 11.1
4 Anneliese Seonbuchner   Germany 11.2
5 Jean Desforges   Great Britain 11.6
Fanny Blankers-Koen   Netherlands DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Women's 80 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ Official Olympic Report Archived 2008-04-11 at the Wayback Machine, la84.org.