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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 18, 1964
Date Finished: October 19, 1964

Gold: GER Karin Richert-Balzer
Silver: POL Teresa Ciepły-Wieczorek
Bronze: AUS Pam Kilborn-Ryan

Summary

At the 1962 European Championships, Poland’s Teresa Ciepły-Wieczorek won narrowly over East German Karin Balzer. But it would be a long time before Balzer lost an international. In 1966, 1969, and 1971 she won the Europeans. And in 1964 at Tokyo, she won the high hurdles gold medal in possibly the closest finish ever for the medals. Balzer won in a windy 10.54, with Ciepły-Wieczorek timed in 10.55, and Australia’s Pam Kilborn, Commonwealth Champion in 1962 and 1966, third in 10.56. The defending champion, Irina Press, placed fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Karin Richert-Balzer 26 Germany GER Gold
2 Teresa Ciepły-Wieczorek 26 Poland POL Silver
3 Pam Kilborn-Ryan 25 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Irina Press 25 Soviet Union URS
5 Ikuko Yoda 26 Japan JPN
6 Maria Piątkowska-Chojnacka-Ilwicka 33 Poland POL
7 Draga Stamejčič 27 Yugoslavia YUG
8 Rosie Bonds 20 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Avis McIntosh 26 New Zealand NZL
5 h2 r2/3 Pat Pryce-Nutting 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Tatyana Talysheva 26 Soviet Union URS
6 h2 r2/3 Galina Bystrova 30 Soviet Union URS
7 h1 r2/3 Gundula Diel 23 Germany GER
7 h2 r2/3 Lacey O'Neal 20 United States USA
8 h1 r2/3 Snezhana Kerkova 26 Bulgaria BUL
8 h2 r2/3 Rose Hart 22 Ghana GHA
5 h1 r1/3 Lorraine Dunn 22 Panama PAN
5 h2 r1/3 Cherrie Sherrard 26 United States USA
5 h3 r1/3 Carmen Smith 21 Jamaica JAM
5 h4 r1/3 Jenny Wingerson-Meldrum 21 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/3 Marlène Canguio 22 France FRA
6 h3 r1/3 Yeh Chu-Mei 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h4 r1/3 Inge Aigner 21 Austria AUT
7 h2 r1/3 Chi Cheng 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h4 r1/3 Mary Musani 20 Uganda UGA
8 h2 r1/3 Sirkka Norrlund 21 Finland FIN
AC h1 r1/3 Amy Snider 22 Canada CAN