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80 metres Hurdles, Women

Date17 – 18 October 1968
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants33 from 23 countries

This was the final 80 metre hurdle event at any major competition, as the women’s high hurdles moved up to 100 metres immediately after the 1968 Olympics. In June 1968, Soviet Vera Korsakova had twice broken the world record at a meet in Rīga, Latvia, leaving the mark at 10.2 in the final – and it would become the still-standing 80 metre hurdle world record. While most sprints and horizontal jumps benefited from the altitude of Ciudad de México, with numerous world records set, the women did not match Korsakova’s world record. And Korsakova would not get to the final of the event, placing fifth in the first semi-final. The favorites were Karin Balzer, 1964 gold medalist, and multiple European champion, and Australia’s Pam Kilborn, Commonwealth Games champion in 1962, 1966, and later in 1970, who had not lost since the 1964 Olympics in which she was the bronze medalist. But in the final, Kilborn and Balzer both started very poorly. Balzer never recovered and finished fifth, but Kilborn came on string at the end and almost caught her teammate, the unheralded Maureen Caird, who was only 17-years-old and remains the youngest individual track event gold medalist at the Olympics.

136Maureen CairdAUS10.4 (1 h4)10.5 (1 h1)10.3 (1)GoldOR
237Pam KilbornAUS10.4 (1 h2)10.4 (1 h2)10.4 (2)Silver
3223Chi ChengTPE10.5 (2 h4)10.5 (2 h2)10.4 (3)Bronze
4106Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.6 (1 h3)10.6 (2 h1)10.5 (4)
516Karin BalzerGDR10.7 (1 h5)10.8 (4 h1)10.6 (5)
6205Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.7 (3 h4)10.5 (3 h2)10.6 (6)
7206Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.8 (2 h5)10.6 (4 h2)10.6 (7)
8245Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.8 (3 h3)10.7 (3 h1)10.7 (8)
5 h1 r2/3234Vera KorsakovaURS10.6 (2 h1)10.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3101Mamie RallinsUSA10.6 (1 h1)10.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3206Teresa SukniewiczPOL10.7 (2 h3)10.9 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/392Judy DyerUSA10.9 (3 h5)10.8 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3210Valeria BufanuROU10.9 (2 h2)11.0 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/313Inge SchellFRG10.7 (3 h1)10.8 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/340Inge AignerAUT10.8 (4 h4)11.1 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3160Mária KissHUN10.9 (3 h2)11.2 (8 h2)
4 h1 r1/3182Carmen SmithJAM11.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/366Marlene ElejaldeCUB10.9 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/379Carlota UlloaCHI11.1 (4 h3)
4 h5 r1/3233Liudmyla IevlevaURS10.9 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/3173Carla PaneraiITA11.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3255Marijana LubejYUG11.0 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/359Jenny MeldrumCAN11.1 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3222Meta AntenenSUI10.9 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3226Yeh Chu-MeiTPE11.7 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/3185Enriqueta BasilioMEX11.1 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/352Snezhana YurukovaBUL11.0 (6 h2)
6 h4 r1/3130Pat JonesGBR11.0 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/383Cecilia SosaESA12.8 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/3220Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.2 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3144Ann WilsonGBR11.1 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/345Roswitha Emonts-GastBEL11.4 (7 h4)
AC h3 r1/3137Pat Pryce-NuttingGBR– (DNF h3)
DNS10Karin ReichertFRG– (DNS h3)
DNS11Heide RosendahlFRG– (DNS h5)

Round One

Date17 October 1968 — 16:20
FormatTop three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1

Wind2.4 m/s
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
1101Mamie RallinsUSA10.610.69Q
2234Vera KorsakovaURS10.610.74Q
313Inge SchellFRG10.710.77Q
4182Carmen SmithJAM11.011.09
5173Carla PaneraiITA11.011.10
6185Enriqueta BasilioMEX11.111.20
7220Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.211.24

Heat #2

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
137Pam KilbornAUS10.410.41QOR
2210Valeria BufanuROU10.910.92Q
3160Mária KissHUN10.910.93Q
466Marlene ElejaldeCUB10.910.99
5255Marijana LubejYUG11.011.02
652Snezhana YurukovaBUL11.011.07
7144Ann WilsonGBR11.111.19

Heat #3

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
1106Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.610.65Q
2206Teresa SukniewiczPOL10.710.72Q
3245Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.810.81Q
479Carlota UlloaCHI11.111.13
559Jenny MeldrumCAN11.111.17
DNF137Pat Pryce-NuttingGBR
DNS10Karin ReichertFRG

Heat #4

Wind2.0 m/s
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
136Maureen CairdAUS10.410.48Q=OR
2223Chi ChengTPE10.510.53Q
3205Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.710.72Q
440Inge AignerAUT10.810.83q
5222Meta AntenenSUI10.910.95
6130Pat JonesGBR11.011.03
745Roswitha Emonts-GastBEL11.411.50

Heat #5

Wind1.5 m/s
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
116Karin BalzerGDR10.710.72Q
2206Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.810.83Q
392Judy DyerUSA10.910.94Q
4233Liudmyla IevlevaURS10.910.97
5226Yeh Chu-MeiTPE11.711.77
683Cecilia SosaESA12.812.90
DNS11Heide RosendahlFRG


Date18 October 1968 — 15:00
FormatTop four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat #1

Wind2.0 m/s
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
136Maureen CairdAUS10.510.59Q
2106Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.610.72Q
3245Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.710.80Q
416Karin BalzerGDR10.810.83Q
5234Vera KorsakovaURS10.810.86
6206Teresa SukniewiczPOL10.911.00
7210Valeria BufanuROU11.011.08
840Inge AignerAUT11.111.12

Heat #2

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
137Pam KilbornAUS10.410.44Q=OR
2223Chi ChengTPE10.510.56Q
3205Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.510.60Q
4206Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.610.70Q
5101Mamie RallinsUSA10.610.70
692Judy DyerUSA10.810.84
713Inge SchellFRG10.810.84
8160Mária KissHUN11.211.22


Date18 October 1968 — 16:20
Wind0.0 m/s
PosCompetitorNOCTime (Hand)Time (Automatic)
1Maureen CairdAUS10.310.39OR
2Pam KilbornAUS10.410.46
3Chi ChengTPE10.410.51
4Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.510.60
5Karin BalzerGDR10.610.61
6Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.610.66
7Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.610.66
8Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.710.72