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80 metres Hurdles, Women

Date17 – 18 October 1968
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants33 from 23 countries

This was the final 80 metre hurdle event at any major competition, as the women’s high hurdles moved up to 100 metres immediately after the 1968 Olympics. In June 1968, Soviet Vera Korsakova had twice broken the world record at a meet in Rīga, Latvia, leaving the mark at 10.2 in the final – and it would become the still-standing 80 metre hurdle world record. While most sprints and horizontal jumps benefited from the altitude of Ciudad de México, with numerous world records set, the women did not match Korsakova’s world record. And Korsakova would not get to the final of the event, placing fifth in the first semi-final. The favorites were Karin Balzer, 1964 gold medalist, and multiple European champion, and Australia’s Pam Kilborn, Commonwealth Games champion in 1962, 1966, and later in 1970, who had not lost since the 1964 Olympics in which she was the bronze medalist. But in the final, Kilborn and Balzer both started very poorly. Balzer never recovered and finished fifth, but Kilborn came on string at the end and almost caught her teammate, the unheralded Maureen Caird, who was only 17-years-old and remains the youngest individual track event gold medalist at the Olympics.

136Maureen CairdAUS10.4 (1 h4)10.5 (1 h1)10.3 (1)GoldOR
237Pam KilbornAUS10.4 (1 h2)10.4 (1 h2)10.4 (2)Silver
3223Chi ChengTPE10.5 (2 h4)10.5 (2 h2)10.4 (3)Bronze
4106Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.6 (1 h3)10.6 (2 h1)10.5 (4)
516Karin BalzerGDR10.7 (1 h5)10.8 (4 h1)10.6 (5)
6205Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.7 (3 h4)10.5 (3 h2)10.6 (6)
7206Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.8 (2 h5)10.6 (4 h2)10.6 (7)
8245Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.8 (3 h3)10.7 (3 h1)10.7 (8)
5 h1 r2/3234Vera KorsakovaURS10.6 (2 h1)10.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3101Mamie RallinsUSA10.6 (1 h1)10.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3206Teresa SukniewiczPOL10.7 (2 h3)10.9 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/392Judy DyerUSA10.9 (3 h5)10.8 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3210Valeria BufanuROU10.9 (2 h2)11.0 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/313Inge SchellFRG10.7 (3 h1)10.8 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/340Inge AignerAUT10.8 (4 h4)11.1 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3160Mária KissHUN10.9 (3 h2)11.2 (8 h2)
4 h1 r1/3182Carmen SmithJAM11.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/366Marlene ElejaldeCUB10.9 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/379Carlota UlloaCHI11.1 (4 h3)
4 h5 r1/3233Liudmyla IevlevaURS10.9 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/3173Carla PaneraiITA11.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3255Marijana LubejYUG11.0 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/359Jenny MeldrumCAN11.1 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3222Meta AntenenSUI10.9 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3226Yeh Chu-MeiTPE11.7 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/3185Enriqueta BasilioMEX11.1 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/352Snezhana YurukovaBUL11.0 (6 h2)
6 h4 r1/3130Pat JonesGBR11.0 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/383Cecilia SosaESA12.8 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/3220Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.2 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3144Ann WilsonGBR11.1 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/345Roswitha Emonts-GastBEL11.4 (7 h4)
AC h3 r1/3137Pat Pryce-NuttingGBR– (AC h3)
DNS10Karin ReichertFRG– (DNS h3)
DNS11Heide RosendahlFRG– (DNS h5)

Round One (17 October 1968 — 16:20)

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

Heat One

Wind2.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Mamie RallinsUSA10.610.69Q
24Vera KorsakovaURS10.610.74Q
31Inge SchellFRG10.710.77Q
46Carmen SmithJAM11.011.09
52Carla PaneraiITA11.011.10
67Enriqueta BasilioMEX11.111.20
73Ulla-Britt WieslanderSWE11.211.24

Heat Two

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Pam KilbornAUS10.410.41QOR
27Valeria BufanuROU10.910.92Q
34Mária KissHUN10.910.93Q
43Marlene ElejaldeCUB10.910.99
51Marijana LubejYUG11.011.02
62Snezhana YurukovaBUL11.011.07
75Ann WilsonGBR11.111.19

Heat Three

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.610.65Q
23Teresa SukniewiczPOL10.710.72Q
36Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.810.81Q
41Carlota UlloaCHI11.111.13
55Jenny MeldrumCAN11.111.17
AC2Pat Pryce-NuttingGBRDNF
DNS7Karin ReichertFRG

Heat Four

Wind2.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Maureen CairdAUS10.410.48Q=OR
23Chi ChengTPE10.510.53Q
37Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.710.72Q
41Inge AignerAUT10.810.83q
54Meta AntenenSUI10.910.95
62Pat JonesGBR11.011.03
75Roswitha Emonts-GastBEL11.411.50

Heat Five

Wind1.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Karin BalzerGDR10.710.72Q
21Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.810.83Q
35Judy DyerUSA10.910.94Q
46Liudmyla IevlevaURS10.910.97
52Yeh Chu-MeiTPE11.711.77
64Cecilia SosaESA12.812.90
DNS7Heide RosendahlFRG

Semi-Finals (18 October 1968 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind2.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Maureen CairdAUS10.510.59Q
27Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.610.72Q
32Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.710.80Q
48Karin BalzerGDR10.810.83Q
55Vera KorsakovaURS10.810.86
64Teresa SukniewiczPOL10.911.00
76Valeria BufanuROU11.011.08
83Inge AignerAUT11.111.12

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Pam KilbornAUS10.410.44Q=OR
26Chi ChengTPE10.510.56Q
33Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.510.60Q
48Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.610.70Q
57Mamie RallinsUSA10.610.70
65Judy DyerUSA10.810.84
74Inge SchellFRG10.810.84
81Mária KissHUN11.211.22

Final (18 October 1968 — 16:20)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Maureen CairdAUS10.310.39OR
28Pam KilbornAUS10.410.46
32Chi ChengTPE10.410.51
47Patty van WolvelaereUSA10.510.60
55Karin BalzerGDR10.610.61
64Danuta StraszyńskaPOL10.610.66
76Elżbieta ŻebrowskaPOL10.610.66
83Tatyana TalyshevaURS10.710.72