1934 Women's World Games
The 1934 Women's World Games (French: 4è Jeux Féminins Mondiaux) were the fourth edition of the international games for women. The tournament was held between 9-11 August at the White City Stadium in London, United Kingdom. These were the last athletic games exclusively for women, a planned fifth tournament for 1938 in Vienna was cancelled as women were allowed to compete in all regular athletics events at the Olympic Games and other international events. The first major tournament were the 1938 European Athletics Championships even though the tournament was split up into two separate events. The 3rd European Athletics Championships were the first combined championships for both men and women.
The games were organized by the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale under Alice Milliat as a response to the IOC decision to include only a few women's events (100 metres, 800 metres, 4 x 100 m relay, high jump and discus) in the 1928 Olympic Games.
The games were attended by 200 participants from 19 nations, there among: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and South Africa.
The athletes competed in 12 events: running (60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres, 800 metres, 4 x 100 metres relay and hurdling 80 metres), high jump, long jump, discus throw, javelin, shot put and pentathlon (100 metres, high jump, long jump, javelin and shot put). The tournament also held exhibition events in basketball, handball and football.
The tournament was opened with an olympic style ceremony. The Canadian flag bearer was Lillian Palmer as captain of the Canadian team. The games attended an audience of 15,000 spectators and several world records were set.
A special commemorative medal was issued for the participants.
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- Participation medal
- Film (British Pathé) 1934 Women's World Games
- Picture Grieme Selma at the high jump event