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Shirley Strickland de la Hunty

Full name: Shirley Barbara Strickland de la Hunty
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: July 18, 1925 in Northam, Western Australia, Australia
Died: February 11, 2004 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Affiliations: ?, Western Australia, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

Shirley Strickland was the daughter of a professional sprinter in Australia, and she obviously inherited his speed. With seven Olympic medals Strickland de la Hunty set a record for women's track & field, subsequently equaled by Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein and later bettered by Merlene Ottey. The Australian sprinter-hurdler won three gold medals in the 80 metres hurdles (1952, 1956) and the 4×100 metres relay (1956). She also won one silver and three bronze medals in three Olympic appearances (1948-1956). At the 1950 British Empire Games she won three gold medals (80 metres hurdles, 110-220-110 yards Relay (with Marjorie Jackson and Verna Johnston), and 220-110-220-110 yards Relay (with Marjorie Jackson, Verna Johnston, and the non-Olympian Ann Shanley) and two silvers (100 and 220 yards). During her career she set or equalled five individual world records, four in the hurdles, and one at 100 metres, and she was a member of five Australian relay teams which set or equalled world records. Strickland de la Hunty was a graduate of the [University of Western Australia] and later became a physics and mathematics teacher, but she also coached track & field. At the 2000 Opening Ceremony in Sydney, she was one of several female Australian Olympians who carried the Olympic Flag.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.3 (1955); 200 – 24.1 (1955); 80H – 10.89 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Women's 100 metres Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Women's 200 metres Australia AUS 3
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Australia AUS 2 Silver
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Women's 100 metres Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Australia AUS 1 Gold WR
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Australia AUS 5
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Women's 100 metres Australia AUS 3 h4 r1/3
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Australia AUS 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Australia AUS 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L T(A)
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Final 3 12.2 at 0.39 4
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 12.4 at 0.33
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Round One Heat Two 1 QU 12.4 12.6
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia Final 3 11.9 4 12.12
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 11.9 12.17
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia Quarter-Finals Heat Four 3 QU 12.0 12.28
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 12.0 12.20
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Australia Round One Heat Four 3 11.7w 11.86w

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L T(A)
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Final 3 25.3est at 0.85 3
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1T QU 24.9w 25.1w
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Round One Heat Four 2 QU 25.8

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L T(A)
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Final 3 11.4 at 0.10 6
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.7 11.9
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia Round One Heat Three 2 QU 11.9
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia Final 1 WR 10.9 3 11.01
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.8w 11.16w
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia Round One Heat One 1 QU/=WR 11.0 11.24
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Australia Final 1 OR 10.7 6 10.96
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/=OR 10.8 10.89
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Australia Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 10.8 11.02

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L T(A)
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia AUS Final 2 47.6 at 0.09 1
1948 Summer 23 London Athletics Australia AUS Round One Heat One 2 QU 48.0 at 0.06
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia AUS Final 5 46.6 1 46.86
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Australia AUS Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 46.1 46.22
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Australia AUS Final 1 WR 44.5 3 44.65
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Australia AUS Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 44.9 45.00