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Ondina Valla

Full name: Trebisonda "Ondina" Valla (-De Lucchi)
Gender: Female
Born: May 20, 1916 in Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Died: October 16, 2006 in L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
Affiliations: Bologna Sportiva
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Named for the Turkish city of Trabzon, Trebisonda "Ondina" Valla was the first Italian woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She did so in an unusually close 80 m hurdles final, where the first four athletes were all clocked at 11.7 seconds. Her childhood friend and perennial rival in Italy, Claudia Testoni, came fourth in the same race. Valla was a very good all-around athlete, and won Italian titles in seven different events: 60 m (1932), 100 m (1933, 1936), 80 m hurdles (1930-1934, 1937), 4×100 m relay (1934), high jump (1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1940), standing high jump (1930) and pentathlon (1935). Her notable international results include a second place in the hurdles at the 1931 unofficial European Championships for women, and a victory in the long jump at the 1933 World University Games. She also competed in several events at the Women's World Games of 1930 and 1934, but failed to proceed past the preliminary rounds. Despite being plagued by injuries after her Olympic title, Valla competed at a regional level well into her 40s. Her Olympic gold medal was stolen in 1978, but she was given a replacement in 1984.

Personal Bests: 100 – 12.5 (1935); 80H – 11.75 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Italy ITA 1 Gold
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Italy ITA 4

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L T
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Italy Final 1 =OR 11.7 11.748 4
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Italy Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.6w
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Italy Round One Heat Four 2 QU 11.9

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T L
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Italy ITA Final 4 48.7 2
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Italy ITA Round One Heat Two 3 QU 48.6
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