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Mary Carew

Full name: Mary Louise Carew (-Armstrong)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-1.5 (157 cm)
Weight: 99 lbs (45 kg)
Born: September 8, 1913 in Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 12, 2002 in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Medford Girls Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


An explosive start put the diminutive Mary Carew on her way to four straight wins (1929-32) in the AAU indoor 40y and her winning time of 5.2 in 1930 and 1931 equalled the world indoor record. She also won the AAU outdoor 50y in 1930 and, although tending to fade in the later stages at the standard sprint distances, she tied for third place at the 1932 Final Trials. Her starting ability made her a natural choice for the lead-off runner on the Olympic relay team that went on to beat the Canadians by a foot in a new world record of 46.9 although, by the rules in force at that time, both teams were given a new world record of 47.0. Mary Carew, who represented Medford Girls Club, retained her interest in track after her competitive days were over and, as Mrs. Mary Armstrong, served as secretary of the New England Chapter of the U.S. Olympians.

Personal Best: 100 – 12.5e (1932).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 18 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1932 Summer 18 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Final Standings 1 WR 47.0 46.86 4
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