You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Summer Games > 1936 Berlin > Athletics > Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Athletics at the 1936 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games ▪ Next Summer Games

Events:
Phases:

Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 5, 1936
Date Finished: August 6, 1936

Gold: ITA Ondina Valla
Silver: GER Anni Steuer
Bronze: CAN Betty Taylor

Summary

There was no real favorite as women did not compete against each other much in this era. The 1934 FSFI Champion was Ruth Engelhard of Germany, but she did not compete in 1936. The final race was remarkably close with the first four runners being given the same time of 11.7. Italy’s Trebisonda "Ondina" Valla was the winner by only a few centimeters. There was a photo timing system in 1936 that timed to the 1/1000ths of a second. The times document the closeness of the race. Valla finished in 11.748, with only 23/1000ths separating 2nd from 5th. Anni Steuer (GER) was second in 11.809, Betty Taylor (CAN) third in 11.811, Claudia Testoni (ITA) fourth in 11.818, and Kitty ter Braake fifth in 11.832.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ondina Valla 20 Italy ITA Gold
2 Anni Steuer 23 Germany GER Silver
3 Betty Taylor 20 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Claudia Testoni 20 Italy ITA
5 Kitty ter Braake 22 Netherlands NED
6 Doris Eckert 21 Germany GER
4 h1 r2/3 Anne Vrana-O'Brien 24 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Simone Schaller 23 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Violet Webb 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Kathleen Tiffen 24 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Domnitsa Lanitou-Kavounidou 22 Greece GRE
6 h2 r2/3 Tidye Pickett 21 United States USA
4 h1 r1/3 Mathilde Puchberger 24 Austria AUT
4 h2 r1/3 Miyoko Mitsui 17 Japan JPN
4 h3 r1/3 Grethe Whitehead 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/3 Roxy Atkins 24 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/3 Yvonne Mabille 22 France FRA
5 h2 r1/3 Veronika Kohlbach 30 Austria AUT
5 h3 r1/3 Agaath Doorgeest 22 Netherlands NED
5 h4 r1/3 Hilde Klusenwerth 26 Germany GER
6 h3 r1/3 Charlotte Machmer 30 Austria AUT
6 h4 r1/3 Zulejka Stefanini 24 Yugoslavia YUG