| Event type

80 metres Hurdles, Women

Date27 – 28 November 1956
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants22 from 11 countries

The defending champion, Shirley Strickland, now Strickland-de la Hunty, was back, and running in her native Australia. The silver medalist, Mariya Golubnichiya (URS), was also back and had won the 1954 European Championship in the interim. In August 1954, she had also equaled Strickland’s world record from the 1952 Olympic final. That record was broken in July 1956 by West German Zenta Gastl, who ran 10.6 in an International in Frechen. Gastl was in Melbourne but finished fourth in the second semi and did not make the final. Three Australians made it to the final, along with Golubnichiya and her teammate Galina Bystrova, later European Champion, and East German Gisela Köhler. In the first semi, Strickland-de la Hunty and Köhler both ran under 11 seconds auto timing, the first time that had been done. The final was not as close as expected, as Strickland-de la Hunty won by almost 2 metres.

1469Shirley Strickland de la HuntyAUS10.8 (1 h2)10.8 (1 h1)10.7 (1)GoldOR
2482Gisela KöhlerGER11.0 (1 h3)10.8 (2 h1)10.9 (2)Silver
3522Norma ThrowerAUS10.8 (1 h4)11.0 (2 h2)11.0 (3)Bronze
4537Galina BystrovaURS10.9 (2 h4)11.0 (1 h2)11.0 (4)
5536Mariya GolubnichayaURS11.1 (2 h2)11.0 (3 h1)11.3 (5)
6521Gloria CookeAUS11.4 (3 h3)11.1 (3 h2)11.4 (6)
4 h1 r2/3523Marthe LambertFRA10.9 (3 h4)11.1 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3525Zenta GastlGER10.9 (1 h1)11.1 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3478Berta DíazCUB11.4 (2 h1)11.2 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3531Elaine WinterRSA11.1 (2 h3)11.3 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3528Carole QuintonGBR11.4 (3 h1)11.4 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3494Margaret StuartNZL11.3 (3 h2)11.3 (6 h2)
4 h1 r1/3533Barbara MuellerUSA11.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3532Connie DarnowskiUSA11.9 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3524Angèle PicadoFRA11.5 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3526Maria SanderGER11.1 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3529Milena GreppiITA12.3 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3527Pauline WainwrightGBR11.9 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3535Niliya Besedina-KulakovaURS11.5 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3497Francisca SañopalPHI11.8 (5 h4)
6 h3 r1/3534Irene RobertsonUSA11.9 (6 h3)
7 h3 r1/3496Manolita CincoPHI12.1 (7 h3)
DNS661Olga GyarmatiHUN– (DNS h1)
DNS488Mary RaoIND– (DNS h2)
DNS530Elżbieta KrzesińskaPOL– (DNS h4)

Round One (27 November 1956 — 14:30)

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

Heat One

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Zenta GastlGER10.911.18Q=OR
26Berta DíazCUB11.411.51Q
31Carole QuintonGBR11.411.63Q
42Barbara MuellerUSA11.611.83
54Milena GreppiITA12.312.66
DNS3Olga GyarmatiHUN

Heat Two

Wind-1.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Shirley Strickland de la HuntyAUS10.811.02QOR
23Mariya GolubnichayaURS11.111.25Q
36Margaret StuartNZL11.311.46Q
44Connie DarnowskiUSA11.912.02
52Pauline WainwrightGBR11.912.06

Heat Three

Wind-0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Gisela KöhlerGER11.011.11Q
24Elaine WinterRSA11.111.28Q
32Gloria CookeAUS11.411.45Q
46Angèle PicadoFRA11.511.50
57Niliya Besedina-KulakovaURS11.511.59
61Irene RobertsonUSA11.912.02
75Manolita CincoPHI12.112.20

Heat Four

Wind3.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Norma ThrowerAUS10.810.94Q
21Galina BystrovaURS10.911.09Q
35Marthe LambertFRA10.911.18Q
44Maria SanderGER11.111.22
56Francisca SañopalPHI11.812.15
DNS3Elżbieta KrzesińskaPOL

Semi-Finals (27 November 1956 — 17:20)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.9 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1469Shirley Strickland de la HuntyAUS10.810.89Q=OR
2482Gisela KöhlerGER10.810.93Q=OR
3536Mariya GolubnichayaURS11.011.12Q
4523Marthe LambertFRA11.111.37
5478Berta DíazCUB11.211.42
6528Carole QuintonGBR11.411.61

Heat Two

Wind-1.8 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1537Galina BystrovaURS11.011.14Q
2522Norma ThrowerAUS11.011.20Q
3521Gloria CookeAUS11.111.25Q
4525Zenta GastlGER11.111.30
5531Elaine WinterRSA11.311.47
6494Margaret StuartNZL11.311.51

Final (28 November 1956 — 17:15)

Wind-1.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Shirley Strickland de la HuntyAUS10.710.96OR
22Gisela KöhlerGER10.911.12
35Norma ThrowerAUS11.011.25
44Galina BystrovaURS11.011.25
53Mariya GolubnichayaURS11.311.50
61Gloria CookeAUS11.411.60