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Women's 80 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 1, 1960

Gold: URS Irina Press
Silver: GBR Carole Quinton
Bronze: GER Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer

Summary

Since 1956 a series of athletes had equaled the 10.6 world record. These included Gisela Birkemeyer (thrice), runner-up in 1956, Norma Thrower, bronze medalist in 1956 and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, Galina Bystrova, fourth in 1956, and by Irina Press in July 1960. Press was the world's best pentathlete, but that event was not on the Olympic program until 1964, so she specialized in the hurdles. She was also a top international sprinter and shot putter. All the favorites got to the final except Thrower, who missed out in the semi-final. Press won the final comfortably, establishing a lead at the first hurdle, and holding it throughout. The surprise silver medalist was Carole Quinton (GBR), who closed very quickly to edge out Birkemeyer-Köhler. Quinton had won the 1958 AAA Championship but had no other major palmares.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Irina Press 21 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Carole Quinton 24 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer 28 Germany GER Bronze
4 Mary Bignal-Rand 20 Great Britain GBR
5 Galina Bystrova 26 Soviet Union URS
6 Rimma Koshelyova 24 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r2/3 Karin Richert-Balzer 22 Germany GER
4 h2 r2/3 Zenta Gastl-Kopp 26 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/3 Norma Thrower 24 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/3 Teresa Ciepły-Wieczorek 22 Poland POL
6 h1 r2/3 Barbara Sosgórnik 26 Poland POL
6 h2 r2/3 Denise Laborie-Guénard 26 France FRA
3 h1 r1/3 Draga Stamejčič 23 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h2 r1/3 Snezhana Kerkova 22 Bulgaria BUL
3 h3 r1/3 Alena Stolzová 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h4 r1/3 Pat Pryce-Nutting 18 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/3 Simone Brièrre 23 France FRA
3 h6 r1/3 Letizia Bertoni 23 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/3 Ulla-Britt Wieslander 18 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Wanda dos Santos 28 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r1/3 Jo Ann Terry-Grissom 22 United States USA
4 h4 r1/3 Sally McCallum 20 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/3 Gloria Cooke-Wigney 25 Australia AUS
4 h6 r1/3 Shirley Crowder 21 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Irene Robertson 28 United States USA
5 h2 r1/3 Berta Díaz 23 Cuba CUB
5 h4 r1/3 Friedl Murauer 22 Austria AUT
5 h6 r1/3 Chi Cheng 16 Chinese Taipei TPE