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Elta Cartwright

Full name: Elta Cartwright (-Stromberg, -Henricksen)
Nickname(s): Cinder-Elta
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)
Born: December 21, 1907 in Eureka, California, United States
Died: November 29, 2001 in Fortuna, California, United States
Affiliations: Northern California AC, Redding (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Elta Cartwright was America's top female sprinter up to the 1928 Olympics. She won her first US championship in 1925, winning the 50 yards in 6.1 seconds. Nicknamed "Cinder-Elta" because of the cinder tracks she ran on, Cartwright added three more titles in the shortest event, as well as a title in the 100 yards, the 100 metres and the long jump. Her 100 m title was won in 12.6 seconds, tying the World Record. This victory also qualified her for the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, but she fell ill there and did not qualify in the semi-finals. On top of that, the team coach did not select her for the U.S. relay team that would lose the final to Canada. Cartwright quit sports upon return, and became a high school teacher. A student at Humboldt State Teachers College, she was later inducted into her college sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Best: 100 – 12.4 (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 4 h3 r2/3

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 4
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU
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