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Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Women's 80 metres hurdles

The women's 80 metres hurdles was the only women's hurdle race in the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 18 October and 19 October 1964.[1] 31 athletes from 20 nations entered, with 4 not starting the first round. The first round was held on 18 October, with the semifinals and final on 19 October. The 1965 film Tokyo Olympiad by Kon Ichikawa shows amazingly great detail of the preliminaries, preparation, final and medal ceremony surrounding this event. The slow motion study of the final shows Yoda Ikuko getting a fast start. Joining Ikuko in the lead is Teresa Ciepły. Rosie Bonds crashed the second hurdle and is awkward the rest of the race. By the third hurdle Pam Kilborn has overtaken Ikuko and Ciepły for the lead. Karin Balzer and Irina Press were close behind. Over the course of the final five hurdles, Balzer and Press edged closer as Ikuko lost a little ground. Ciepły, Kilborn and Balzer landing at virtually the same moment and Press inches behind. On the run in, Balzer was able to gain just enough ground to take the gold over a straining Ciepły.

Women's 80 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates18–19 October
Competitors31 from 20 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Karin Balzer  United Team of Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Teresa Ciepły  Poland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Pam Kilborn  Australia
← 1960
1968 →

ResultsEdit

First roundEdit

The top four runners in each of the 4 heats advanced.

First round, heat 1Edit

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Karin Balzer   United Team of Germany 10.7 seconds
2 Galina Bystrova   Soviet Union 10.9 seconds
3 Rose Hart   Ghana 11.3 seconds
4 Snejana Kerkova   Bulgaria 11.5 seconds
5 Lorraine Dunn   Panama 11.5 seconds
Amy Snider   Canada Disqualified
Amelia Hinten   Netherlands Did not start

First round, heat 2Edit

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Irina Press   Soviet Union 10.7 seconds
2 Pat Pryce   Great Britain 10.8 seconds
3 Avis Mcintosh   New Zealand 10.8 seconds
4 Gundula Diel   United Team of Germany 10.9 seconds
5 Cherrie Sherrard   United States 11.0 seconds
6 Marlene Canguio   France 11.0 seconds
7 Chi Cheng   Republic of China 11.1 seconds
8 Sirkka Norrlund   Finland 11.2 seconds

First round, heat 3Edit

There was a strong wind behind the runners; the official report does not credit Piątkowska with equalling the Olympic record of 10.6 seconds.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Maria Piątkowska   Poland 10.6 seconds
2 Pam Kilborn   Australia 10.7 seconds
3 Tatyana Talysheva   Soviet Union 10.9 seconds
4 Lacey O'Neal   United States 10.9 seconds
5 Carmen Smith   Jamaica 11.8 seconds
6 Yeh Chu Mei   Republic of China 12.1 seconds
Zenta Kopp   United Team of Germany Did not start
Mary Rand   Great Britain Did not start

First round, heat 4Edit

 
Left-right: Jenny Meldrum, Teresa Ciepły, Ikuko Yoda and Draga Stamejčič running heat 4
Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Rosie Bonds   United States 10.6 seconds
2 Yoda Ikuko   Japan 10.7 seconds
3 Teresa Ciepły   Poland 10.7 seconds
4 Draga Stamejcic   Yugoslavia 10.8 seconds
5 Jenny Wingerson   Canada 11.1 seconds
6 Inge Aigner   Austria 11.2 seconds
7 Mary Musani   Uganda 12.9 seconds
Denise Guenard   France Did not start

SemifinalsEdit

The top four runners in each semifinal advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Pam Kilborn   Australia 10.6 seconds =OR
2 Teresa Ciepły   Poland 10.7 seconds
3 Irina Press   Soviet Union 10.8 seconds
4 Rosie Bonds   United States 10.8 seconds
5 Avis Mcintosh   New Zealand 10.9 seconds
6 Tatyana Talysheva   Soviet Union 10.9 seconds
7 Gundula Diel   United Team of Germany 11.0 seconds
8 Snejana Kerkova   Bulgaria 11.4 seconds

Semifinal 2Edit

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Karin Balzer   United Team of Germany 10.6 seconds =OR
2 Yoda Ikuko   Japan 10.7 seconds
3 Draga Stamejcic   Yugoslavia 10.7 seconds
4 Maria Piątkowska   Poland 10.7 seconds
5 Pat Pryce   Great Britain 10.7 seconds
6 Galina Bystrova   Soviet Union 10.8 seconds
7 Leahseneth O'Neal   United States 10.9 seconds
8 Rose Hart   Ghana 11.1 seconds

FinalEdit

Balzer, Ciepły, and Kilborn are not credited by the official report with tying the world record of 10.5 seconds (and breaking the 10.6 second Olympic record) due to the wind advantage. They finished in one of the closest endings to an Olympic final ever, with Balzer defeating Ciepły by about one-hundredth of a second and Kilborn by two one-hundredths.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Karin Balzer   United Team of Germany 10.5 seconds
2 Teresa Ciepły   Poland 10.5 seconds
3 Pam Kilborn   Australia 10.6 seconds
4 Irina Press   Soviet Union 10.6 seconds
5 Ikuko Yoda   Japan 10.7 seconds
6 Maria Piątkowska   Poland 10.7 seconds
7 Draga Stamejčič   Yugoslavia 10.8 seconds
8 Rosie Bonds   United States 10.8 seconds

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's 80 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 18 September 2017.