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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Women's 4 x 100 m

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: December 1, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
(Competitors: 36; Countries: 9; Finalists: 24/6)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Australia (45.00) and Germany (45.07) broke the world record by 0.2 seconds with a time of 44.9 in the first heat, with Great Britain edging the USA 45.3 to 45.4 in the other semi. In the final Britain were surprisingly the biggest threat, as the Germans badly messed up their baton exchanges. Pashley, against the odds, held Strickland, and better baton passing ensured that Paul, a fine bend runner, was slightly ahead at halfway. Paul gave Armitage a metre lead, but Cuthbert, mouth agape as usual, closed in and caught Armitage with 50m to go. She won by half a metre as both teams ducked well under the new world record. Third was the US team, represented by the Tennessee State University team, including 16 year-old Wilma Rudolph.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Australia had the fastest woman sprinter in the world in Betty Cuthbert, who had won the 100 and 200. She would run the anchor and their team would be started off by Shirley Strickland-de la Hunty, who had defended her 80 metre hurdles gold medal. In the first round, Australia bettered the world record with 44.9. But in the final, the British team had very clean passes, and still held the lead as June Foulds-Paul passed off to Heather Armitage, with Cuthbert a metre in arrears. But Cuthbert, the “Golden Girl,” caught Armitage by 50 metres and won by half a metre.
 
 
Results
4 x 100 m Women Final 1 December
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 44,65 Shirley Strickland, Norma Croker, Fleur Mellor, Betty Cuthbert Australia AUS WR 44.5 h
2 44.70 Anne Pashley, Jean Scrivens, June Foulds/Paul, Heather Armitage Great Britain GBR 44.7 h
3 45,04 Mae Faggs, Margaret Matthews, Wilma Rudolph, Isabelle Daniels United States USA 44.9 h
4 45,81 Vera Kalashnikova/Krepkina/UKR, Galina Rezchikova/RUS, Mariya Itkina/BLR, Irina Turova/Bochkaryova/RUS Soviet Union URS 45.6 h
5 45.90 Letizia Bertoni, Milena Greppi, Giuseppina Leone, Maria Musso Italy ITA 45.7 h
6 47,29 Maria Sander/FRG, Christa Stubnick, Gisela Köhler, Bärbel Mayer/all GDR Germany GER 47.2 h
4 x 100 m Women Round One Heat One 1 December
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 45.00 Q Shirley Strickland, Norma Croker, Fleur Mellor, Betty Cuthbert Australia AUS WR 44.9 h
2 45,07 Q Maria Sander/FRG, Christa Stubnick, Gisela Köhler, Bärbel Mayer/all GDR Germany GER (=)WR 44.9 h
3 45,91 Q Letizia Bertoni, Milena Greppi, Giuseppina Leone, Maria Musso Italy ITA 45.9 h
4 46,39 Catherine Capdeville, Micheline Fluchot, Simone Henry, Angele Picado France FRA 46.3 h
5 46,79 Eleanor Haslam, Dorothy Kozak
Diane Matheson, Maureen Rever
Canada CAN 46.6 h
4 x 100 m Women Round One Heat Two 1 December
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 45,38 Q Anne Pashley, Jean Scrivens, June Foulds/Paul, Heather Armitage Great Britain GBR 45.3 h
2 45,52 Q Mae Faggs, Margaret Matthews, Wilma Rudolph, Isabelle Daniels United States USA 45.4 h
3 46.20 Q Vera Kalashnikova/Krepkina/UKR, Galina Rezchikova/RUS, Mariya Itkina/BLR, Irina Turova/Bochkaryova/RUS Soviet Union URS 46.1 h
4 46,58 Maria Kusion, Barbara Lerczak, Genowefa Minicka, Halina Richter Poland POL 46.5 h
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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