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Verna Johnston

Full name: Verna Johnston (-McIntosh)
Gender: Female
Born: March 18, 1930
Died: April 4, 2010 in Casterton, Victoria, Australia
Affiliations: ?, Queensland, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Verna Johnston grew up on a small farm in Dangin, about 120 miles from Perth. She came to the fore at the 1950 British Empire Games, when she won a bronze in the 100 yards and gold medals in the 440 yard (110/220/110, with Marjorie Jackson and Shirley Strickland) and 660 yard (220/110/220/110, with Marjorie Jackson, Shirley Strickland, and the non-Olympian Ann Shanley) relays. She also competed that year in the long jump, finishing fourth, and the 220 yards, placing fifth. Johnston had just missed out making the 1948 team when she finished second in the 1948 Australian long jump championship, but only one athlete was taken to London for that event. She was also 1952 Australian champion in the long jump. In 1952 Johnston ran on two world-record setting relay teams. In a test match at the White City Stadium in London in July, she ran the second leg as Australia recorded 46.9 for 4×110 yard relay, while in a heat at the Olympics, the same foursome recorded 46.1 for a 4×100 metre relay world record. Johnston retired in 1953 after being diagnosed with mononucleosis (glandular fever).

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.9 (1950); 100 – 12.2 (1951); 200 – 24.4 (1952); LJ – 5.93 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Australia AUS 5
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Women's Long Jump Australia AUS 8

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia AUS Final 5 46.6 46.86 1
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia AUS Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 46.1 46.22

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Final Round 8 5.74
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Final Round Round One 10 5.51
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Final Round Round Two 10 5.60 5.60
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Final Round Round Three NP 5.74 5.74
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Qualifying Round 10 QU 5.58
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Qualifying Round Group A 3 5.58
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Qualifying Round Group A Round 1 AC foul
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Qualifying Round Group A Round 2 3 5.58 5.58
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Australia Qualifying Round Group A Round 3 DNS pass
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