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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.

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

Round One (3 August 1932 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Babe DidriksonUSA11.8Q=WR
2Simone SchallerUSA11.8Q=WR
3Marjorie ClarkRSA11.9Q
4Betty TaylorCAN12.0
ACMichi NakanishiJPNDNF

Heat Two

1Evelyne HallUSA12.0Q
2Violet WebbGBR12.1Q
3Alda WilsonCAN12.1Q
4Felicja 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