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Donna Murray-Hartley

Full name: Donna-Marie Louise Murray-Hartley (-Wass)
Gender: Female
Height: 14-2 (170 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: May 1, 1955 in Southampton, Southampton, Great Britain
Died: June 7, 2013 in Elsecar, South Yorkshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Southampton Athletic Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Donna Murray first come to prominence in 1972 when she won the national WAAA 200m title shortly after her 17th birthday and was chosen for the British team for the Munich Olympics. From 1974 onwards she began to specialize at 400m and almost immediately broke Lillian Board’s British record but could not convert that form to the major championship events where she failed to the reach the final of either the Commonwealth Games or the European Championships. Murray’s best year was 1978 where she won the Commonwealth Games 400 m gold medal before running the anchor leg for England’s victorious 4 x 400 m relay team. Her final major championship appearance came at the Moscow Olympics where, after a season blighted by illness and poor form, she helped Great Britain to win the bronze medal. She retired from international competition at the end of the 1980 season.

A familiar figure on British tracks throughout the seventies with her distinctive long blond hair, she became known as the “Golden Girl” of British track and field and for the later part of her racing career was married to Bill Hartley, a member of Great Britain’s 1974 European Championship winning 4 x 400 m relay team. The pair eventually divorced and she remarried to actor/comedian Bobby Knutt. She then turned to competitive bodybuilding and had a successful career in her new sport which culminated in her placing 2nd in the Ms. Universe Physique competition. Later in life she ran a fitness studio and line dancing school in Yorkshire

Personal Bests: 200 – 22.75 (1978); 400 – 51.28 (1975).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 17 München Athletics Women's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 8 h2 r3/4
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 5 h4 r2/4
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 7
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 17 München Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 8 24.03 7
1972 Summer 17 München Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Three 4 QU 23.69 6
1972 Summer 17 München Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 4 QU 23.76 3

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Four 5 52.29 1
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 2 QU 52.75 5

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST T(H)
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 7 3:28.01 50,3
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 3 QU 3:27.09
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 3 3:27.5
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 3 QU 3:29.0
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