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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 23, 1952
Date Finished: July 24, 1952

Gold: AUS Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
Silver: URS Mariya Golubnichaya
Bronze: GER Maria Sander


The world record was still held by defending champion [Fanny Blankers-Koen], and she competed in 1952, but was slightly injured and at less than her best. She had also won the 1950 European Championships, so she could have been formidable. But it is uncertain if she could have beaten [Shirley Strickland] even if at her best. In the first round Strickland ran 11.0 to equal Blankers-Koen’s world record. In the semis she ran 10.8 although it was wind-aided and not submitted for record purposes. The final saw Strickland and Blankers-Koen get out together but Fanny hit the third hurdle hard and had to stop. Strickland broke the world record with 10.9 in winning easily. Soviet and Russian [Mariya Golubnichiya], after a poor start, came on fast at the end to get a silver medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty 26 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Mariya Golubnichaya 28 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Maria Sander 27 Germany GER Bronze
4 Anneliese Seonbuchner 22 Germany GER
5 Jean Desforges 23 Great Britain GBR
AC Fanny Blankers-Koen 34 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r2/3 Elene Gok'ieli 33 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r2/3 Pam Seaborne 16 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Edna Maskell 24 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r2/3 Wanda dos Santos 20 Brazil BRA
6 h1 r2/3 Milena Greppi 23 Italy ITA
6 h2 r2/3 Claudie Flament 22 France FRA
3 h1 r1/3 Miyo Miyashita 21 Japan JPN
3 h2 r1/3 Klára Soós 18 Hungary HUN
3 h3 r1/3 Willy Lust 20 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/3 Luella Law 18 Canada CAN
3 h5 r1/3 Anna Aleksandrova 22 Soviet Union URS
3 h6 r1/3 Yvette Monginou 25 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Colette Elloy 21 France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Hilde Antes 23 Saar SAA
4 h3 r1/3 Seija Pöntinen 18 Finland FIN
4 h4 r1/3 Helene Bielansky 21 Austria AUT
4 h5 r1/3 Maria Musso 21 Italy ITA
4 h6 r1/3 Elfriede Steurer 27 Austria AUT
5 h1 r1/3 Jorun Askersrud-Tangen 23 Norway NOR
5 h2 r1/3 Nilima Ghose 17 India IND
5 h3 r1/3 Tang Pui Wah 18 Singapore SGP
5 h4 r1/3 Sylvi Keskinen 19 Finland FIN
5 h5 r1/3 Constance Darnowski 17 United States USA
5 h6 r1/3 Pauline Threapleton-Wainwright 18 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r1/3 Leah Horowitz 19 Israel ISR
6 h5 r1/3 Aino Autio 20 Finland FIN
6 h6 r1/3 Gretel Bolliger 30 Switzerland SUI
AC h2 r1/3 Marion Huber Chile CHI