| Event type

100 metres, Women

Date31 July – 2 August 1948
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants38 from 21 countries
Olympic Record 11.5w / Helen Stephens USA / 4 August 1936
11.5w / Helen Stephens USA / 3 August 1936

The 100 metres was the first of four events in which Fanny Blankers-Koen was entered at the London Olympics. While she was the World Record holder in the 100 yards, many observers considered her to be past her prime. But the Dutchwoman soon silenced her critics, winning the heats and semi-finals with ease. The only contestant who could think of threatening her was home-runner Dorothy Manley. She was originally a high jumper, but was discovered to have more talent for sprinting. Manley had a good start in the final and briefly led until Blankers-Koen took over and won easily. Her time of 11.9 was decent considering the poor track conditions due to the wet weather.

1692Fanny Blankers-KoenNED12.0 (1 h1)12.0 (1 h1)11.9 (1)Gold
2691Dorothy ManleyGBR12.1 (1 h6)12.4 (1 h2)12.2 (2)Silver
3668Shirley StricklandAUS12.4 (1 h2)12.4 (2 h1)12.2 (3)Bronze
4680Viola MyersCAN12.5 (2 h1)12.4 (1 h3)12.3est (4)
5679Pat JonesCAN12.7 (1 h9)12.6 (2 h2)12.4est (5)
6702Cynthia ThompsonJAM12.4 (1 h4)12.5 (2 h3)12.6est (6)1
3 h1 r2/3685Grethe Lovsø NielsenDEN12.6 (1 h3)12.7 (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/3705Daphne RobbRSA12.4 (2 h4)12.7 (3 h2)
=3 h3 r2/3684Birthe NielsenDEN12.9 (2 h2)12.5 (=3 h3)
=3 h3 r2/3682Olga ŠicnerováTCH12.4 (1 h7)12.5 (=3 h3)
4 h1 r2/3689Doris BatterGBR12.6 (1 h5)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3683Bente BergendorffDEN12.6 (2 h7)– (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3698Liliana TagliaferriITA12.8 (1 h8)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3694Xenia Stad-de JongNED12.9 (2 h8)– (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3690Winnie JordanGBR12.7 (2 h3)– (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/3674Phyllis LightbournBER13.0 (2 h6)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3701Kathleen RussellJAM12.9 (2 h5)– (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/3693Gré de JonghNED12.9 (2 h9)– (6 h3)
3 h1 r1/3667Betty McKinnonAUS12.7 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3665Noemí Simonetto de PortelaARG13.1 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3707Mickey PattersonUSA12.8 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3708Mabel WalkerUSA12.8 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3709Lillian YoungUSA13.0 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3672Marie-Thérèse RenardBEL13.6 (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/3675Helena de MenezesBRA13.2 (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/3673Phyllis EdnessBER13.6 (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/3687Jeanine MoussierFRA12.9 (3 h9)
4 h1 r1/3669Maria Oberbreyer-TröschAUT– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3677Benedicta de OliveiraBRA13.2est (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3666Joyce KingAUS13.1est (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3678Millie CheaterCAN– (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3676Elizabeth MüllerBRA13.2est (4 h5)
4 h7 r1/3706Üner TeomanTUR13.6est (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/3670Grete PavlousekAUT– (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/3704Liv PaulsenNOR– (4 h9)
5 h2 r1/3703Tilly DeckerLUX– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3681Betty KretschmerCHI– (5 h3)
5 h8 r1/3710Alma ButiaYUG– (5 h8)
DNS696Jolán MertinHUN– (DNS h1)
DNS686Léa CaurlaFRA– (DNS h4)
DNS699Mavis EvelynJAM– (DNS h4)
DNS695L. F. EirandHUN– (DNS h5)
DNS697Zsilvia VargaHUN– (DNS h6)
DNS671Elfriede SteurerAUT– (DNS h9)
DNS688Liliane SprécherFRA– (DNS h7)
DNS700Carmen PhippsJAM– (DNS h6)

Round One (31 July 1948 — 14:45)

Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Fanny Blankers-KoenNED12.012.1Q
24Viola MyersCAN12.5Q
33Betty McKinnonAUS12.7
42Maria Oberbreyer-TröschAUT
DNS5Jolán MertinHUN

Heat Two

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Shirley StricklandAUS12.412.6Q
24Birthe NielsenDEN12.9Q
32Noemí Simonetto de PortelaARG13.1
43Benedicta de OliveiraBRA13.2est
55Tilly DeckerLUX

Heat Three

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Grethe Lovsø NielsenDEN12.612.7Q
21Winnie JordanGBR12.7Q
35Mickey PattersonUSA12.8
43Joyce KingAUS13.1est
52Betty KretschmerCHI

Heat Four

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Cynthia ThompsonJAM12.412.6Q
24Daphne RobbRSA12.4Q
35Mabel WalkerUSA12.8
43Millie CheaterCAN
DNS1Léa CaurlaFRA
DNS699Mavis EvelynJAM

Heat Five

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Doris BatterGBR12.612.7Q
25Kathleen RussellJAM12.9Q
31Lillian YoungUSA13.0
43Elizabeth MüllerBRA13.2est
DNS4L. F. EirandHUN

Heat Six

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Dorothy ManleyGBR12.112.3Q
23Phyllis LightbournBER13.0Q
35Marie-Thérèse RenardBEL13.6
DNS1Zsilvia VargaHUN
DNS4Carmen PhippsJAM

Heat Seven

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Olga ŠicnerováTCH12.4Q
24Bente BergendorffDEN12.6Q
33Helena de MenezesBRA13.2
45Üner TeomanTUR13.6est
DNS1Liliane SprécherFRA

Heat Eight

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Liliana TagliaferriITA12.813.0Q
24Xenia Stad-de JongNED12.9Q
33Phyllis EdnessBER13.6
42Grete PavlousekAUT
55Alma ButiaYUG

Heat Nine

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Pat JonesCAN12.7Q
21Gré de JonghNED12.9Q
34Jeanine MoussierFRA12.9
45Liv PaulsenNOR
DNS2Elfriede SteurerAUT

Semi-Finals (2 August 1948 — 15:30)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Fanny Blankers-KoenNED12.012.3Q
22Shirley StricklandAUS12.412.63Q
33Grethe Lovsø NielsenDEN12.712.94
44Doris BatterGBR12.96
55Liliana TagliaferriITA12.99
66Phyllis LightbournBER13.65

Heat Two

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Dorothy ManleyGBR12.412.5Q
23Pat JonesCAN12.612.61Q
36Daphne RobbRSA12.712.66
44Bente BergendorffDEN12.82
52Xenia Stad-de JongNED12.83
65Kathleen RussellJAM13.08

Heat Three

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Viola MyersCAN12.412.7Q
21Cynthia ThompsonJAM12.512.73Q
=36Olga ŠicnerováTCH12.512.78
=33Birthe NielsenDEN12.512.79
55Winnie JordanGBR13.52
64Gré de JonghNED13.70

Final (2 August 1948 — 16:45)

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Fanny Blankers-KoenNED11.912.2=OR
26Dorothy ManleyGBR12.212.40
34Shirley StricklandAUS12.212.59
45Viola MyersCAN12.3est12.63
51Pat JonesCAN12.4est12.69
62Cynthia ThompsonJAM12.6est12.87