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Betty Taylor

Full name: Elizabeth Garner "Betty" Taylor (-Campbell)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (167 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: February 22, 1916 in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Died: February 2, 1977
Affiliations: HOC, Hamilton (CAN) / McMaster Marauders, Hamilton (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Betty Taylor, who specialized in the 80 metre hurdles, was one of Canada's most notable female track and field athletes during the 1930s. She took up the sport in 1930 and her first major international tournament was the 1932 Summer Olympics, where she was eliminated in the opening round of her specialty. Nonetheless, her athletic prowess was such that she entered McMaster University in 1933 on a scholarship from her club, Hamilton Olympic. She was also fourth, behind golfer Ada MacKenzie, Hilda Strike, and Mary Frizzell, in the first-ever vote for Canada's female athlete of the year, which would eventually become the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award. She had more luck on the international scene at the 1934 British Empire Games, where she won silver in the 80 m hurdles behind Marjorie Clark of South Africa. That year she lost out in the voting for both the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award and the Velma Springstead Trophy (another new award for Canada's top female athlete) to swimmer Phyllis Dewar, who had won four gold medals at the Empire Games.

Taylor retained her national title in 1935 and 1936 and was again selected to represent Canada at the Olympics. There she won a bronze medal in the 80 m hurdles in a race where the top four competitors set a new Olympic record of 11.7 and were separated by only seven hundredths of a second. Her accomplishment earned her both the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award and the Velma Springstead Trophy. She graduated from McMaster in 1937 and moved to Ottawa the following year to take up a position as a school teacher. She had mostly given up on active competition following the Berlin Olympics, but the cancellation of the 1940 Games ensured her retirement. She has been made a member of the Canadian Olympic (1968) and McMaster Marauders (1990) Halls of Fame.

Personal Best: 80H – 11.81 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 16 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Canada CAN 4 h1 r1/2
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Canada CAN 3 Bronze

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T T(H) T(A) L
1932 Summer 16 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Round One Heat One 4 12.0
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Final 3 =OR 11.7 11.811 5
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 11.7w
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Round One Heat Three 1 QU 12.0