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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 2, 1932

Gold: POL Stanisława Walasiewicz
Silver: CAN Hilda Strike
Bronze: USA Billie von Bremen

Summary

Stanisława Wałasiewicz was born in Poland but had lived in the United States since she was a young child. In the United States she competed mostly under the Americanized name of Stella Walsh. In 1930 she won the 60 metres, and the 100 and 200 at the FSFI Women’s World Games. It was thought she would compete at the 1932 Olympics for the United States, but shortly before she was to become a naturalized citizen, she elected to compete for Poland. In the first round in Los Angeles she equaled the world record of 11.9, and posted that mark again in the semis. The final saw the lead taken by Canada’s Hilda Strike but she was outrun in the last few metres by Walsh/Wałasiewicz. Walsh would eventually win over 40 US titles. She lived until her death in Cleveland, Ohio. In December 1980, she was shot to death during a robbery. At her autopsy, it was revealed that she was a gender mosaic, often called a gynandromorph, who had mixed internal genitalia.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Stanisława Walasiewicz 21 Poland POL Gold
2 Hilda Strike 21 Canada CAN Silver
3 Billie von Bremen 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Marie Dollinger 21 Germany GER
5 Eileen Hiscock 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Elizabeth Wilde 18 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Tollien Schuurman 19 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r2/3 Mary Vandervliet 20 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 Sumiko Watanabe 15 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Mary Frizzell 19 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Thelma Kench 18 New Zealand NZL
6 h2 r2/3 Cor Aalten 18 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r1/3 Gwen Porter 30 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Bep du Mée 18 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/3 Eileen Wearne 20 Australia AUS
4 h4 r1/3 Asa Dogura 18 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/3 Marjorie Clark 22 South Africa RSA
5 h3 r1/3 Ethel Harrington 25 United States USA
5 h4 r1/3 Ethel Johnson 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/3 Taka Shibata 15 Japan JPN