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Women's 80 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 1, 1960

Gold: URS Irina Press
Silver: GBR Carole Quinton
Bronze: GER Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer


Since 1956 a series of athletes had equaled the 10.6 world record. These included [Gisela Birkemeyer] (thrice), runner-up in 1956, [Norma Thrower], bronze medalist in 1956 and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, [Galina Bystrova], fourth in 1956, and by [Irina Press] in July 1960. Press was the world's best pentathlete, but that event was not on the Olympic program until 1964, so she specialized in the hurdles. She was also a top international sprinter and shot putter. All the favorites got to the final except Thrower, who missed out in the semi-final. Press won the final comfortably, establishing a lead at the first hurdle, and holding it throughout. The surprise silver medalist was [Carole Quinton] (GBR), who closed very quickly to edge out Birkemeyer-Köhler. Quinton had won the 1958 AAA Championship but had no other major palmares.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Irina Press 21 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Carole Quinton 24 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer 28 Germany GER Bronze
4 Mary Bignal-Rand 20 Great Britain GBR
5 Galina Bystrova 26 Soviet Union URS
6 Rimma Koshelyova 24 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r2/3 Karin Richert-Balzer 22 Germany GER
4 h2 r2/3 Zenta Gastl-Kopp 26 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/3 Norma Thrower 24 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/3 Teresa Ciepły-Wieczorek 22 Poland POL
6 h1 r2/3 Barbara Sosgórnik 26 Poland POL
6 h2 r2/3 Denise Laborie-Guénard 26 France FRA
3 h1 r1/3 Draga Stamejčič 23 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h2 r1/3 Snezhana Kerkova 22 Bulgaria BUL
3 h3 r1/3 Alena Stolzová 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h4 r1/3 Pat Pryce-Nutting 18 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/3 Simone Brièrre 23 France FRA
3 h6 r1/3 Letizia Bertoni 23 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/3 Ulla-Britt Wieslander 18 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Wanda dos Santos 28 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r1/3 Jo Ann Terry-Grissom 22 United States USA
4 h4 r1/3 Sally McCallum 20 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/3 Gloria Cooke-Wigney 25 Australia AUS
4 h6 r1/3 Shirley Crowder 21 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Irene Robertson 28 United States USA
5 h2 r1/3 Berta Díaz 23 Cuba CUB
5 h4 r1/3 Friedl Murauer 22 Austria AUT
5 h6 r1/3 Chi Cheng 16 Chinese Taipei TPE