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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
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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