| Event type

80 metres Hurdles, Women

Date31 August – 1 September 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico, Roma
Participants28 from 17 countries

Since 1956 a series of athletes had equaled the 10.6 world record. These included Gisela Birkemeyer (thrice), runner-up in 1956, Norma Thrower, bronze medalist in 1956 and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, Galina Bystrova, fourth in 1956, and by Irina Press in July 1960. Press was the world’s best pentathlete, but that event was not on the Olympic program until 1964, so she specialized in the hurdles. She was also a top international sprinter and shot putter. All the favorites got to the final except Thrower, who missed out in the semi-final. Press won the final comfortably, establishing a lead at the first hurdle, and holding it throughout. The surprise silver medalist was Carole Quinton (GBR), who closed very quickly to edge out Birkemeyer-Köhler. Quinton had won the 1958 AAA Championship but had no other major palmares.

1160Irina PressURS10.7 (1 h1)10.6 (1 h2)10.8 (1)Gold
2197Carole QuintonGBR10.9 (2 h1)11.0 (3 h2)10.9 (2)Silver
375Gisela BirkemeyerGER11.2 (1 h4)10.9 (2 h2)11.0 (3)Bronze
4195Mary BignalGBR11.2 (1 h2)11.0 (2 h1)11.1 (4)
5166Galina BystrovaURS11.1 (2 h6)11.0 (1 h1)11.2 (5)
6167Rimma KoshelyovaURS11.1 (1 h3)11.1 (3 h1)11.2 (6)
4 h1 r2/382Karin RichertGER11.2 (1 h5)11.1 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/381Zenta KoppGER10.9 (1 h6)11.0 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/37Norma ThrowerAUS11.4 (2 h2)11.3 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3142Teresa WieczorekPOL11.3 (2 h5)11.2 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3149Barbara SosgórnikPOL11.4 (2 h4)11.3 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3137Denise GuénardFRA11.2 (2 h3)11.4 (6 h2)
3 h1 r1/399Draga StamejčičYUG11.3 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/343Snezhana KerkovaBUL11.6 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/335Alena StolzováTCH11.4 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3196Patricia Anne PryceGBR11.5 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3136Simone BrièrreFRA11.6 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3183Letizia BertoniITA11.4 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3103Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.5 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/315Wanda dos SantosBRA11.7 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3121Jo Ann TerryUSA11.4 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/331Sally McCallumCAN11.7 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/38Gloria Cooke-WigneyAUS11.7 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/3123Shirley CrowderUSA12.3 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/3122Irene RobertsonUSA11.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/332Berta DíazCUB11.7 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/323Friedl MurauerAUT11.9 (5 h4)
5 h6 r1/312Chi ChengTPE12.6 (5 h6)
DNS211Mária BácskaiHUN– (DNS h3)

Round One (31 August 1960 — 10:25)

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

Heat One

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Irina PressURS10.710.91Q=OR
22Carole QuintonGBR10.911.07Q
33Draga StamejčičYUG11.311.47
45Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.511.60
54Irene RobertsonUSA11.611.69

Heat Two

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Mary BignalGBR11.211.40Q
24Norma ThrowerAUS11.411.54Q
35Snezhana KerkovaBUL11.611.73
41Wanda dos SantosBRA11.711.841
52Berta DíazCUB11.711.832

Heat Three

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Rimma KoshelyovaURS11.111.26Q
22Denise GuénardFRA11.211.37Q
35Alena StolzováTCH11.411.593
44Jo Ann TerryUSA11.411.584
DNS1Mária BácskaiHUN

Heat Four

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Gisela BirkemeyerGER11.211.31Q
23Barbara SosgórnikPOL11.411.56Q
35Patricia Anne PryceGBR11.511.65
44Sally McCallumCAN11.711.90
51Friedl MurauerAUT11.912.08

Heat Five

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Karin RichertGER11.211.40Q
22Teresa WieczorekPOL11.311.46Q
31Simone BrièrreFRA11.611.75
44Gloria Cooke-WigneyAUS11.711.89

Heat Six

Wind-0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Zenta KoppGER10.911.10Q
22Galina BystrovaURS11.111.26Q
34Letizia BertoniITA11.411.54
43Shirley CrowderUSA12.312.43
55Chi ChengTPE12.612.71

Semi-Finals (31 August 1960 — 17:10)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind-0.9 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1166Galina BystrovaURS11.011.16Q
2195Mary BignalGBR11.011.16Q
3167Rimma KoshelyovaURS11.111.22Q
482Karin RichertGER11.111.27
57Norma ThrowerAUS11.311.465
6149Barbara SosgórnikPOL11.311.446

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1160Irina PressURS10.610.77QOR
275Gisela BirkemeyerGER10.911.01Q
3197Carole QuintonGBR11.011.07Q
481Zenta KoppGER11.011.09
5142Teresa WieczorekPOL11.211.40
6137Denise GuénardFRA11.411.51

Final (1 September 1960 — 17:10)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Irina PressURS10.810.93
26Carole QuintonGBR10.910.99
34Gisela BirkemeyerGER11.011.13
45Mary BignalGBR11.111.22
52Galina BystrovaURS11.211.26
61Rimma KoshelyovaURS11.211.28