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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 2, 1960

Gold: USA Wilma Rudolph
Silver: GBR Dorothy Hyman
Bronze: ITA Giuseppina Leone

Summary

Betty Cuthbert (AUS) was the defending champion and was back in Roma, but a leg injury hampered her and she did not survive the quarter-finals. In the first semi-final, Wilma Rudolph (USA) equalled the world record of 11.3. She had competed at the 1956 Olympics in the 200 metres, being eliminated in the rounds, and helping the US to a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay. But by 1960 she was the world's dominant sprinter and was a heavy favorite in the final. The final was run with an aiding 2.8 m/s wind but Rudolph's time of 11.0 (11.18) was still shockingly fast, though it could not be ratified as a world record because of the wind assistance. A few days later, Rudolph would add the 200 metre gold medal and anchored the Americans to a gold in the 4×100. Quite popular in Roma and Europe, she was dubbed "La Gazelle Noir" (The Black Gazelle) by the European press. She would be the dominant sprinter in the world for 1960-62 retiring after that year.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wilma Rudolph 20 United States USA Gold
2 Dorothy Hyman 19 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Giuseppina Leone 25 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Mariya Itkina 28 Soviet Union URS
5 Catherine Capdevielle 21 France FRA
6 Jenny Smart 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r3/4 Halina Richter-Górecka-Herrmann 22 Poland POL
4 h2 r3/4 Barbara Jones 23 United States USA
5 h1 r3/4 Brunhilde Hendrix 22 Germany GER
5 h2 r3/4 Teresa Ciepły-Wieczorek 22 Poland POL
6 h1 r3/4 Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina 27 Soviet Union URS
6 h2 r3/4 Marlene Mathews-Willard 26 Australia AUS
4 h1 r2/4 Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer 28 Germany GER
4 h2 r2/4 Pat Duggan 22 Australia AUS
4 h3 r2/4 Martha Hudson 21 United States USA
4 h4 r2/4 Betty Cuthbert 22 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/4 Eleanor Haslam 20 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/4 Jean Holmes-Mitchell 19 Panama PAN
5 h3 r2/4 Olga Šikovec 27 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h4 r2/4 Valerie Jerome 16 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/4 Mona Sulaiman 18 Philippines PHI
6 h2 r2/4 Elizabeth Jenner 18 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/4 Carlota Gooden 24 Panama PAN
6 h4 r2/4 Vivi Markussen 20 Denmark DEN
7 h1 r2/4 Val Morgan 16 New Zealand NZL
7 h2 r2/4 Snezhana Kerkova 22 Bulgaria BUL
7 h3 r2/4 Nancy Lewington 19 Canada CAN
4 h6 r1/4 Hannelore Raepke 24 Germany GER
5 h5 r1/4 Maeve Kyle 31 Ireland IRL
5 h7 r1/4 Aycan Önel 27 Turkey TUR
6 h5 r1/4 Ilana Adir 19 Israel ISR