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Gladys Clarke

Full name: Gladys Mary Clarke (-Pentland)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: February 15, 1923 in West Bromwich, West Midlands, Great Britain
Died: June 10, 2013 in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


Gladys Clarke of Birchfield Harriers was the winner of the first post-war WAAA javelin title in 1945. The highlight of her career came with her selection as one of Britain’s representatives at the 1948 Olympics although she struggled with injury at the London Games and placed last of the 15 competitors. Clarke had to use up her annual holiday allowance in order to become an Olympian. She retired from the sport in 1950 but lived long enough to be invited to the Olympic women’s javelin final in 2012.

Personal Best\: JT – 35.58 (1949).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Great Britain GBR 15

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 15 29.59
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