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Lillian Board

Full name: Lillian Barbara Board
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: December 13, 1948 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: December 26, 1970 in Munich, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: London Olympiades, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Although she died less than a month after her 22nd birthday, Lillian Board had a superb record for Britain at major championships. A versatile runner, she represented Britain internationally at every distance from 100 to 800 metres and when she died, was second on the UK list at 1,500 metres. After her 1968 Olympic silver medal over 400 metres, in 1969, at the European Championships, she won the 800 metres and anchored the winning British 4×400 relay team in a world record time. In that year, she also ran on world record setting relays in the 4×110y and 4×880y. In 1970, Board contributed to a British world-record in the 4×800, while preparing for the Commonwealth Games. But at that meet she was beginning to have abdominal pains and she had to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games. Shortly thereafter she was diagnosed with stomach cancer and she died less than 20 months later, just after receiving the MBE. She was called the "Golden Girl" of British athletics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.9 (1969); 200 – 23.52 (1968); 400 – 52.12 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 6 h1 r2/3
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 7

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 6 23.4 23.52
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 4 QC 23.4 23.49

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain Final 2 52.1 52.12 1
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 52.5 52.56
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 2 QU 52.9 53.00

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 7 43.7 43.78 5
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 3 QU 43.9 43.98