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80 metres Hurdles, Women

Date3 – 4 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants22 from 12 countries

The official World Record was held by Fanny Blankers-Koen, who had run 11.3 seconds in war-time Amsterdam. But in the run-up to the Games Maureen Gardner, a 19-year-old ballet dancer from Oxford, had clocked 11.2. Although not recognized as a World Record, this propelled her into the role of contender, especially in the eyes of the British media. Her main opponent would be Blankers-Koen, the reigning European Champion. Gardner struggled and stumbled through the first rounds, while Blankers-Koen equalled the World Record in the heats. In the final, Gardner appeared to move slightly before the start, causing Blankers-Koen to assume a false start. But the race went on, giving Gardner a clear lead by the first hurdle. Blankers-Koen quickly pulled next to her, racing side-to-side until the finish line. For a brief moment the runners where unaware who had won. When “God Save the King” was played, the Dutchwoman assumed she had lost. But the national anthem was played because of the arrival of the Royal Family, and the announcer then confirmed a win in World Record time for Blankers-Koen. According to automatic timing uncovered later, she had won the race by 0.05, but in 1948, both runners where given the same hand time.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1692Fanny Blankers-KoenNED11.3 (1 h1)11.4 (1 h1)11.2 (1)GoldOR
2735Maureen GardnerGBR11.6 (1 h2)11.8 (3 h2)11.2 (2)SilverOR
3668Shirley StricklandAUS11.9 (2 h3)11.7 (1 h2)11.4 (3)Bronze
4732Yvette MonginouFRA11.7 (1 h3)11.8 (2 h2)11.8est (4)
5669Maria Oberbreyer-TröschAUT11.9 (3 h3)11.9 (2 h1)11.8est (5)
6728Libuše LomskáTCH11.8 (2 h2)12.0 (3 h1)11.9est (6)
4 h1 r2/3736Joan UptonGBR11.8 (2 h1)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3665Noemí Simonetto de PortelaARG11.8 (3 h2)– (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3733Jeanine ToulouseFRA12.0 (3 h1)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3737Gerda van der Kade-KoudijsNED12.2 (2 h4)– (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3741Jean WalravenUSA12.6 (3 h4)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3671Elfriede SteurerAUT12.2 (1 h4)– (6 h2)
4 h1 r1/3729Mirja JämesFIN– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3731Janine Magnin-LamoucheFRA11.9est (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3740Bernice RobinsonUSA– (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3730Kyllikki NaukkarinenFIN– (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3727Marion HuberCHI– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3900Domnitsa KavounidouGRE– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3734Bertha CrowtherGBR– (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3738Vinton BeckettJAM– (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/3739Theresa ManuelUSA– (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3699Mavis EvelynJAM– (6 h3)

Round One (3 August 1948 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

Wind1.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Fanny Blankers-KoenNED11.311.4QOR
23Joan UptonGBR11.8Q
34Jeanine ToulouseFRA12.0Q
46Mirja JämesFIN
55Marion HuberCHI
62Theresa ManuelUSA

Heat Two

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Maureen GardnerGBR11.611.8Q
22Libuše LomskáTCH11.8Q
34Noemí Simonetto de PortelaARG11.8Q
43Janine Magnin-LamoucheFRA11.9est
55Domnitsa KavounidouGRE

Heat Three

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Yvette MonginouFRA11.711.8Q
21Shirley StricklandAUS11.9Q
35Maria Oberbreyer-TröschAUT11.9Q
42Bernice RobinsonUSA
53Bertha CrowtherGBR
66Mavis EvelynJAM

Heat Four

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Elfriede SteurerAUT12.212.3Q
22Gerda van der Kade-KoudijsNED12.2Q
31Jean WalravenUSA12.6Q
45Kyllikki NaukkarinenFIN
54Vinton BeckettJAM

Semi-Finals (3 August 1948 — 17:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1692Fanny Blankers-KoenNED11.411.5Q
2669Maria Oberbreyer-TröschAUT11.912.07Q
3728Libuše LomskáTCH12.012.14Q
4736Joan UptonGBR12.23
5733Jeanine ToulouseFRA12.25
6741Jean WalravenUSA12.99

Heat Two

Wind<0.0 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1668Shirley StricklandAUS11.711.9Q
2732Yvette MonginouFRA11.811.98Q
3735Maureen GardnerGBR11.812.05Q
4665Noemí Simonetto de PortelaARG12.07
5737Gerda van der Kade-KoudijsNED12.13
6671Elfriede SteurerAUT12.55

Final (4 August 1948 — 15:00)

Wind1.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Fanny Blankers-KoenNED11.211.4OR
23Maureen GardnerGBR11.211.45OR
36Shirley StricklandAUS11.411.50
45Yvette MonginouFRA11.8est11.99
51Maria Oberbreyer-TröschAUT11.8est12.04
64Libuše LomskáTCH11.9est12.08