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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Women's 80 m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 27, 1956 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: November 28, 1956
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 12; Finalists: 6)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Eight runners had ducked below 11.0 prior to the Games, all Germans or Soviets, and only Thrower and Strickland were considered worthy rivals to the Europeans. The Australians showed their paces in the heats with Strickland running 10.8 (11.02) into a headwind, and Thrower going even quicker with 10.8 (10.94) benefiting from a 3m following wind. Strickland then ran the first legal sub-11 electric time in the semifinals, holding off Köhler 10.89 to 10.93 as both were credited with 10.8. In the final, Strickland was first to the initial hurdle, and she won by 1.5m from Köhler, with Thrower edging Bystrova by the smallest possible margin for third place. Strickland’s time would have been around 10.80 with the wind following instead of hindering. She so impressed 10,000m winner Vladimir Kuts that he described her in Melbourne as “the queen of running”.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The defending champion, Shirley Strickland, now Strickland-de la Hunty, was back, and running in her native Australia. The silver medalist, Mariya Golubnichiya (URS), was also back and had won the 1954 European Championship in the interim. In August 1954, she had also equaled Strickland’s world record from the 1952 Olympic final. That record was broken in July 1956 by West German Zenta Gastl, who ran 10.6 in an International in Frechen. Gastl was in Melbourne but finished fourth in the second semi and did not make the final. Three Australians made it to the final, along with Golubnichiya and her teammate Galina Bystrova, later European Champion, and East German Gisela Köhler. In the first semi, Strickland-de la Hunty and Köhler both ran under 11 seconds auto timing, the first time that had been done. The final was not as close as expected, as Strickland-de la Hunty won by almost 2 metres.
 
 
Results
80 m Hurdles Women Final 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,96 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty Australia AUS 31 OR 10.7 h
2 11,12 Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer Germany GER 24 11.9 h
3 11,25 Norma Thrower Australia AUS 20 11.0 h
4 11,25 Galina Bystrova Soviet Union URS 22 11.0 h
5 11,50 Mariya Golubnichaya Soviet Union URS 32 11.3 h
6 11,60 Gloria Cooke-Wigney Australia AUS 22 11.4 h
80 m Hurdles Women Semi-Finals Heat One 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,89 Q Shirley Strickland de la Hunty Australia AUS 31 (=)OR 10.8 h
2 10,93 Q Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer Germany GER 24 (=)OR 10.8 h
3 11,12 Q Mariya Golubnichaya Soviet Union URS 32 11.0 h
4 11,37 Marthe Lambert France FRA 20 11.1 h
5 11,42 Berta Díaz Cuba CUB 20 11.2 h
6 11,61 Carole Quinton Great Britain GBR 20 11.4 h
80 m Hurdles Women Semi-Finals Heat Two 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11,14 Q Galina Bystrova Soviet Union URS 22 11.0 h
2 11,20 Q Norma Thrower Australia AUS 20 11.0 h
3 11,25 Q Gloria Cooke-Wigney Australia AUS 22 11.1 h
4 11,30 Zenta Gastl-Kopp Germany GER 22 11.1 h
5 11,47 Elaine Winter South Africa RSA 24 11.3 h
6 11,51 Margaret Stuart New Zealand NZL 22 11.3 h
80 m Hurdles Women Round One Heat One 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11,18 Q Zenta Gastl-Kopp Germany GER 22 (=)OR 10.9 h
2 11,51 Q Berta Díaz Cuba CUB 20 11.4 h
3 11,63 Q Carole Quinton Great Britain GBR 20 11.4 h
4 11,83 Barbara Mueller United States USA 23 11.6 h
5 12,66 Milena Greppi Italy ITA 27 12.3 h
80 m Hurdles Women Round One Heat Two 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11,02 Q Shirley Strickland de la Hunty Australia AUS 31 OR 10.8 h
2 11,25 Q Mariya Golubnichaya Soviet Union URS 32 11.1 h
3 11,46 Q Margaret Stuart New Zealand NZL 22 11.3 h
4 12,02 Constance Darnowski United States USA 21 11.9 h
5 12,06 Pauline Threapleton-Wainwright Great Britain GBR 23 11.9 h
80 m Hurdles Women Round One Heat Three 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11,11 Q Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer Germany GER 24 11.0 h
2 11,28 Q Elaine Winter South Africa RSA 24 11.1 h
3 11,45 Q Gloria Cooke-Wigney Australia AUS 22 11.4 h
4 11,50 Angèle Picado France FRA 21 11.5 h
5 11,59 Niliya Besedina-Kulakova Soviet Union URS 20 11.5 h
6 12,02 Irene Robertson United States USA 25 11.9 h
7 12,20 Manolita Cinco Philippines PHI 12.1 h
80 m Hurdles Women Round One Heat Four 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,94 w Q Norma Thrower Australia AUS 20 10.8w h
2 11,09 w Q Galina Bystrova Soviet Union URS 22 10.9w h
3 11,18 w Q Marthe Lambert France FRA 20 10.9w h
4 11,22 w Maria Sander Germany GER 32 11.1w h
5 12,15 w Francisca Sanopal Philippines PHI 11.8w h
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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