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80 metres Hurdles, Women

Date3 – 4 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants9 from 6 countries

Babe Didrikson had won the US Championship in 1931 and again won in 1932 at the combined AAU/Olympic Trials, but there she narrowly defeated Evelyne Hall. Women had contested the 80 metre hurdles at the FSFI Women’s World Games in 1930, but none of the medalists from that event competed in Los Angeles. Hall and Didrikson waged a very close battle with Didrikson winning by inches, both timed in a world record 11.7. Hall insisted, until her death, that she had won the race and not Didrikson, but film of the race contradicts that.

1370Babe DidriksonUSA11.8 (1 h1)11.7 (1)Gold
2473Evelyne HallUSA12.0 (1 h2)11.7 (2)Silver
3376Marjorie ClarkRSA11.9 (3 h1)11.8 (3)Bronze
4479Simone SchallerUSA11.8 (2 h1)11.8 (4)
5212Violet WebbGBR12.1 (2 h2)11.9 (5)
692Alda WilsonCAN12.1 (3 h2)12.0 (6)
4 h1 r1/290Betty TaylorCAN12.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2367Felicja SchabińskaPOL12.8 (4 h2)
AC h1 r1/2310Michi NakanishiJPN– (DNF h1)

Round One (3 August 1932 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1370Babe DidriksonUSA11.8Q=WR
2479Simone SchallerUSA11.8Q=WR
3376Marjorie ClarkRSA11.9Q
490Betty TaylorCAN12.0
DNF310Michi NakanishiJPN

Heat Two

1473Evelyne HallUSA12.0Q
2212Violet WebbGBR12.1Q
392Alda WilsonCAN12.1Q
4367Felicja SchabińskaPOL12.8

Final (4 August 1932 — 16:30)

12Babe DidriksonUSA11.7WR
21Evelyne HallUSA11.7WR
33Marjorie ClarkRSA11.8
46Simone SchallerUSA11.8
55Violet WebbGBR11.9
64Alda WilsonCAN12.0