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Jeanette Dolson

Full name: Mildred Jeanette Dolson (-Cavill)
Gender: Female
Born: August 13, 1918 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 17, 2004 in North Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Toronto Lakeside, Toronto (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Jeanette Dolson took up track and field athletics in the early 1930s and qualified to represent Canada at the 1936 Summer Games by coming in third in the 100 metres at the Olympic trials. At the Games she was eliminated in the semifinals of the 100 m, but advanced to the final of the 4×100 metre relay alongside Dot Brookshaw, Hilda Cameron, and Aileen Meagher. Their time of 48.0 was slower than the Britons, the Americans, and the Germans (who set a world record in their heats), but German runner Ilse Dörffeldt dropped the baton during the final, giving the Canadians an opportunity to capture the bronze medal. Dolson was even more successful at her next major international tournament, the 1938 British Empire Games, earning her passage by winning the 60 and 100 yard dashes at the trials. At this tournament she won silver in the 110-220-110 yards relay (with Meagher and the non-Olympian Barbara Howard) and bronze in the 100 yards and the 220-110-220-110 yards relay (alongside Howard, Meagher, and the non-Olympian Violet Montgomery). She was also eliminated in the semifinals of the 220 yards. In 1939 her efforts earned her the Velma Springstead Trophy, one of Canada's annual prizes for its top female athlete. Her career was ended with the onset of World War II and she eventually moved to the United States, where she lived until her death in 2004. She was the youngest and last-surviving member of her bronze medal-winning team.

Personal Best: 100 – 12.0 (1937).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 17 Berlin Athletics Women's 100 metres Canada CAN 5 h2 r2/3
1936 Summer 17 Berlin Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Canada CAN 3 Bronze

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 17 Berlin Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 5
1936 Summer 17 Berlin Athletics Canada Round One Heat Two 2 QU 12.3w

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T L
1936 Summer 17 Berlin Athletics Canada CAN Final 3 47.8 5
1936 Summer 17 Berlin Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat One 2 QU 48.0
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