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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 4, 1948

Gold: NED Fanny Blankers-Koen
Silver: GBR Maureen Gardner
Bronze: AUS Shirley Strickland de la Hunty

Summary

The official World Record was held by Fanny Blankers-Koen, who had run 11.3 seconds in war-time Amsterdam. But in the run-up to the Games Maureen Gardner, a 19-year-old ballet dancer from Oxford, had clocked 11.2. Although not recognized as a World Record, this propelled her into the role of contender, especially in the eyes of the British media. Her main opponent would be Blankers-Koen, the reigning European Champion. Gardner struggled and stumbled through the first rounds, while Blankers-Koen equalled the World Record in the heats. In the final, Gardner appeared to move slightly before the start, causing Blankers-Koen to assume a false start. But the race went on, giving Gardner a clear lead by the first hurdle. Blankers-Koen quickly pulled next to her, racing side-to-side until the finish line. For a brief moment the runners where unaware who had won. When "God Save the King" was played, the Dutchwoman assumed she had lost. But the national anthem was played because of the arrival of the Royal Family, and the announcer then confirmed a win in World Record time for Blankers-Koen. According to automatic timing uncovered later, she had won the race by 0.05, but in 1948, both runners where given the same hand time.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen 30 Netherlands NED Gold OR
2 Maureen Gardner 19 Great Britain GBR Silver OR
3 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Yvette Monginou 21 France FRA
5 Maria Oberbreyer-Trösch 26 Austria AUT
6 Libuše Lomská 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r2/3 Joan Upton 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Noemí Simonetto de Portela 22 Argentina ARG
5 h1 r2/3 Jeanine Toulouse 25 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs 24 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r2/3 Jean Walraven 21 United States USA
6 h2 r2/3 Elfriede Steurer 23 Austria AUT
4 h1 r1/3 Mirja Jämes 23 Finland FIN
4 h2 r1/3 Janine Magnin-Lamouche 27 France FRA
4 h3 r1/3 Bernice Robinson 21 United States USA
4 h4 r1/3 Kyllikki Naukkarinen 23 Finland FIN
5 h1 r1/3 Marion Huber Chile CHI
5 h2 r1/3 Domnitsa Lanitou-Kavounidou 34 Greece GRE
5 h3 r1/3 Bertha Crowther 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Vinton Beckett 25 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r1/3 Theresa Manuel 22 United States USA