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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 3, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 1936

Gold: USA Helen Stephens
Silver: POL Stanisława Walasiewicz
Bronze: GER Käthe Krauß


At the 1934 FSFI Women’s World Games Germany’s Käthe Krauss won the 100 and 200 metres over the defending Olympic 100 champion, Poland’s [Stanisława Wałasiewicz]. Wałasiewicz did win the 60 metres. But in 1935 the women’s world record had been brought down to 11.6 by [Helen Stephens] of the United States. She equaled that time at the 1935 AAU Meet, and then twice in 1936 ran 11.5, although neither mark was ever ratified as a world record. The three were considered co-favorites at the Olympics, but it was not that close. Stephens won the final easily, running a windy 11.5 and finishing two metres ahead of Wałasiewicz, with Krauss getting the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Helen Stephens 18 United States USA Gold
2 Stanisława Walasiewicz 25 Poland POL Silver
3 Käthe Krauß 29 Germany GER Bronze
4 Marie Dollinger 25 Germany GER
5 Annette Rogers 22 United States USA
6 Emmy Albus 24 Germany GER
4 h1 r2/3 Eileen Hiscock 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Barbara Burke 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Aileen Meagher 25 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/3 Jeanette Dolson 17 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Johanna Vancura 21 Austria AUT
6 h2 r2/3 Rauni Essman 18 Finland FIN
3 h1 r1/3 Hilda Cameron 23 Canada CAN
3 h2 r1/3 Grete Neumann 26 Austria AUT
3 h3 r1/3 Lies Koning 18 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/3 Ali de Vries 21 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/3 Audrey Brown 23 Great Britain GBR
3 h6 r1/3 Domnitsa Lanitou-Kavounidou 22 Greece GRE
4 h1 r1/3 Harriet Bland 21 United States USA
4 h2 r1/3 Etsuko Komiya 16 Japan JPN
4 h3 r1/3 Marguerite Perrou 21 France FRA
4 h4 r1/3 Charlotte Machmer 30 Austria AUT
4 h5 r1/3 Vera Romanić 25 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h6 r1/3 Yvonne Mabille 22 France FRA
5 h1 r1/3 Raili Halttu 27 Finland FIN
5 h2 r1/3 Flora Hofman 24 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h3 r1/3 Li Sen 22 China CHN
5 h4 r1/3 Ebba From 20 Finland FIN
5 h5 r1/3 Claudia Testoni 20 Italy ITA
5 h6 r1/3 Raquel Martínez 28 Chile CHI