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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984

Gold: USA Benita Fitzgerald-Brown
Silver: GBR Shirley Strong
Bronze: FRA Michèle Chardonnet
USA Kim Turner

Summary

The Soviet-boycott made this basically a Double AA competition, as the top eight ranked hurdlers at year’s end and the top 12 times were from Eastern Europe. Since 1980 the best American hurdler had been Stephanie Hightower but she failed to make the American team, finishing fourth in the Trials in one of the closest finishes ever. Benita Fitzgerald-Brown had been TAC Champion in 1983 and finished second at the Olympic Trials to Kim Turner. Shirley Strong (GBR) was 1982 Commonwealth Champion and was favored. Fitzgerald-Brown and Strong were out quickest in the final and contested the gold and silver medals, Fitzgerald-Brown inching ahead at the eighth hurdle. Third-place was announced at first as a dead heat between Turner and France’s Michele Chardonnet, but after reviewing photos of the finish, the judges reversed themselves and gave the bronze medal to Turner. But Chardonnet was not informed of this until she was standing on the infield awaiting the medal ceremony, and she left the field sobbing. The French Athletics Federation protested and 3½ months later the decision was reverted to a dead-heat. Chardonnet received her bronze medal six months after the Olympics ended.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown 23 United States USA Gold
2 Shirley Strong 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Michèle Chardonnet 27 France FRA Bronze
3T Kim Turner 23 United States USA Bronze
5 Glynis Nunn 23 Australia AUS
6 Marie-Noëlle Savigny 26 France FRA
7 Ulrike Denk 20 West Germany FRG
8 Pam Page 26 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Edith Oker 23 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r2/3 Sharon Colyear-Danville 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Sylvia Malgadey-Forgrave 27 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Maria Usifo 19 Nigeria NGR
7 h1 r2/3 Cécile Ngambi 23 Cameroon CMR
7 h2 r2/3 Liu Huajin 23 China CHN
8 h1 r2/3 Sophia Hunter 19 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r2/3 Sue Bradley-Kameli 27 Canada CAN
4 h4 r1/3 Beatriz Capotosto 22 Argentina ARG
5 h1 r1/3 Karen Nelson 20 Canada CAN
5 h3 r1/3 Semra Aksu 22 Turkey TUR
5 h4 r1/3 Laurence Elloy-Machabey 24 France FRA
6 h1 r1/3 Barbara Ingiro 21 Papua New Guinea PNG
6 h2 r1/3 Elissavet Pantazi 28 Greece GRE