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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1932
Date Finished: August 4, 1932

Gold: USA Babe Didrikson
Silver: USA Evelyne Hall
Bronze: RSA Marjorie Clark

Summary

Babe Didrikson had won the US Championship in 1931 and again won in 1932 at the combined AAU/Olympic Trials, but there she narrowly defeated Evelyne Hall. Women had contested the 80 metre hurdles at the FSFI Women’s World Games in 1930, but none of the medalists from that event competed in Los Angeles. Hall and Didrikson waged a very close battle with Didrikson winning by inches, both timed in a world record 11.7. Hall insisted, until her death, that she had won the race and not Didrikson, but film of the race contradicts that.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Babe Didrikson 21 United States USA Gold WR
2 Evelyne Hall 22 United States USA Silver WR
3 Marjorie Clark 22 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Simone Schaller 19 United States USA
5 Violet Webb 17 Great Britain GBR
6 Alda Wilson 22 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/2 Betty Taylor 16 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/2 Felicja Schabińska 22 Poland POL
AC h1 r1/2 Michiko Nakanishi 19 Japan JPN