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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Athletics at the 1968 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 18, 1968

Gold: AUS Maureen Caird
Silver: AUS Pam Kilborn-Ryan
Bronze: TPE Chi Cheng

Summary

This was the final 80 metre hurdle event at any major competition, as the women’s high hurdles moved up to 100 metres immediately after the 1968 Olympics. In June 1968, Soviet Vera Korsakova had twice broken the world record at a meet in Rīga, Latvia, leaving the mark at 10.2 in the final – and it would become the still-standing 80 metre hurdle world record. While most sprints and horizontal jumps benefited from the altitude of Ciudad de México, with numerous world records set, the women did not match Korsakova’s world record. And Korsakova would not get to the final of the event, placing fifth in the first semi-final. The favorites were Karin Balzer, 1964 gold medalist, and multiple European champion, and Australia’s Pam Kilborn, Commonwealth Games champion in 1962, 1966, and later in 1970, who had not lost since the 1964 Olympics in which she was the bronze medalist. But in the final, Kilborn and Balzer both started very poorly. Balzer never recovered and finished fifth, but Kilborn came on string at the end and almost caught her teammate, the unheralded Maureen Caird, who was only 17-years-old and remains the youngest individual track event gold medalist at the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maureen Caird 17 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Pam Kilborn-Ryan 29 Australia AUS Silver
3 Chi Cheng 24 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze
4 Patty van Wolvelaere-Johnson 18 United States USA
5 Karin Richert-Balzer 30 East Germany GDR
6 Danuta Straszyńska 26 Poland POL
7 Elżbieta Żebrowska 23 Poland POL
8 Tatyana Talysheva 30 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r2/3 Vera Korsakova 27 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Mamie Rallins 27 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Teresa Sukniewicz 19 Poland POL
6 h2 r2/3 Judy Dyer 20 United States USA
7 h1 r2/3 Valeria Bufanu-Ştefănescu 22 Romania ROU
7 h2 r2/3 Inge Schell 29 West Germany FRG
8 h1 r2/3 Inge Aigner 25 Austria AUT
8 h2 r2/3 Mária Kiss 19 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r1/3 Carmen Smith 25 Jamaica JAM
4 h2 r1/3 Marlene Elejarde 17 Cuba CUB
4 h3 r1/3 Carlota Ulloa 24 Chile CHI
4 h5 r1/3 Liudmila Ievleva 27 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r1/3 Carla Panerai 21 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/3 Marijana Lubej 23 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h3 r1/3 Jenny Wingerson-Meldrum 25 Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/3 Meta Antenen 19 Switzerland SUI
5 h5 r1/3 Yeh Chu-Mei 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h1 r1/3 Enriqueta Basilio 20 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/3 Snezhana Yurukova 23 Bulgaria BUL
6 h4 r1/3 Pat Jones 26 Great Britain GBR
6 h5 r1/3 Cecilia Sosa 20 El Salvador ESA
7 h1 r1/3 Ulla-Britt Wieslander 26 Sweden SWE
7 h2 r1/3 Ann Wilson 19 Great Britain GBR
7 h4 r1/3 Roswitha Emonts-Gast 23 Belgium BEL
AC h3 r1/3 Pat Pryce-Nutting 26 Great Britain GBR