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Anne Vrana-O'Brien

Full name: Anne Marie Vrana-O'Brien
Gender: Female
Height: 14-0 (168 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: August 22, 1911 in Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: July 30, 2007 in Tustin, California, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Anne Vrana-O'Brien began to run track at Fremont High School in California, where she was coached by Otto Anderson, a 1924 Olympian. She later ran hurdles for the Los Angeles Athletic Club, although she also trained with the Pasadena Athletic Club. She was the 1936 AAU Champion in the hurdles, which doubled as the US Olympic Trials. In 1932 she set a world record in the 80 metre hurdles with 11.8. Vrana was married in 1930 to a high school sweetheart who also ran track at Fremont. She competed at the 1932 Olympic Trials but did not make the team. Vrana-O'Brien returned to Southern California after the 1936 Olympics, where her husband worked in oil fields. He was able to buy a few wells and they did quite well. Anne Vrana-O'Brien raised her family, did some volunteer coaching, and spent some time counseling youths at the Orange County Juvenile Hall.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 80H – 11.8 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 16 Amsterdam Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 3 h3 r1/3
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles United States USA 4 h1 r2/3

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 16 Amsterdam Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 3 13.1

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 11.8w
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU 12.0
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