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Myrtle Cook

Full name: Myrtle Alice Cook (-McGowan)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: January 5, 1902 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 18, 1985 in Elora, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Parkdale Ladies' Athletic Club, Toronto (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Myrtle Cook was a shy, quiet child who began playing virtually every sport she could from an early age. At Riverdale High School she won the Toronto Interscholastic 100 yards championship. She would eventually win six Canadian Championships in the 60 yards and 100 yards between 1927 and 1930, and set several Canadian records over 60 yards and 100 metres. In April 1929 Cook moved to Montréal and began a pioneering career as a sports columnist for the Montréal Daily Star, and she wrote for that paper for 44 years. She later organized the Montréal Major Ladies' Softball League, the Montréal Major Ladies' Hockey League, and formed a branch of the Canadian Ladies' Athletic Club and became its athletic director. During World War II she was the track coach for the Canadian Armed Services in the Montréal area. She was eventually elected into the Canadian Sports, Canadian Olympic, Québec Sports, and Montréal Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Best: 100 – 12.0 (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Athletics Women's 100 metres Canada CAN AC
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Canada CAN 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank L T
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Final AC DQ 3
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 12.8

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T L
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Athletics Canada CAN Final 1 WR 48.4 1
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 49.3