Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres

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Women's 100 metres
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground
Date November 29–30
Competitors 37 from 18 nations
Winning time 11.5
Medalists
Gold medal    Australia
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Australia
«1952 1960»
Athletics at the
1956 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The women's 100 metres competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia was held at the Olympic Stadium on November 29–30.

Competition format[edit]

The women's 100m competition started with six heats, where the fastest two from each heat qualified to one of the two semifinals groups. The three fastest runners from each semifinals group advanced to the final.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Shirley Strickland (AUS) 11.3 Warsaw, Poland August 4, 1955
Olympic record  Helen Stephens (USA) 11.5 Berlin, Germany August 4, 1936

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Name Country Result
1 Giuseppina Leone Italy 11.8 Q
2 Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina Soviet Union 11.9 Q
3 Mae Faggs United States 12.2
4 Micheline Fluchot France 12.4
5 Janet Jesudason Singapore 13.2
6 Mary Rao India DNF

Heat 2

Rank Name Country Result
1 Marlene Mathews-Willard Australia 11.5 Q OR
2 Galina Reshchikova Soviet Union 11.8 Q
3 Lucinda Williams United States 12.0
4 Maria Kusion-Bibro Poland 12.2
5 Maureen Rever Canada 12.2
6 Franca Peggion Italy 12.4
7 Mary Klass Singapore 12.6

Heat 3

Rank Name Country Result
1 Betty Cuthbert Australia 11.4 Q OR
2 Isabelle Daniels United States 11.6 Q
3 Anne Pashley Great Britain 11.7
4 Barbara Janiszewska Poland 12.2
5 Maria Musso Italy 12.2
6 Diane Matheson Canada 12.4

Heat 4

Rank Name Country Result
1 Heather Armitage Great Britain 11.5 Q
2 Gisela Birkemeyer Germany 11.7 Q
3 Shirley Strickland Australia 11.7
4 Eleanor Haslam Canada 11.8
5 Halina Górecka Poland 12.2
6 Maeve Kyle Ireland 12.3

Heat 5

Rank Name Country Result
1 Galina Popova Soviet Union 11.6 Q
2 Catherine Capdevielle France 11.7 Q
3 Inge Fuhrmann Germany 12.2
4 Annie Choong Malaysia 12.5

Heat 6

Rank Name Country Result
1 Christa Stubnick Germany 11.7 Q
2 June Foulds Great Britain 11.9 Q
3 Fiona Stuart New Zealand 12.3
4 Elaine Winter South Africa 12.5
5 Claudette Masdammer British Guiana 12.7

Semifinals[edit]

Group 1

Rank Name Country Result
1 Christa Stubnick Germany 11.9 Q
2 Betty Cuthbert Australia 12.0 Q
3 Giuseppina Leone Italy 12.1 Q
4 June Foulds Australia 12.1
5 Galina Popova Soviet Union 12.2
6 Catherine Capdevielle France 12.4

Group 2

Rank Name Country Result
1 Marlene Mathews-Willard Australia 11.6 Q
2 Heather Armitage Great Britain 11.6 Q
3 Isabelle Daniels United States 11.7 Q
4 Gisela Birkemeyer Germany 11.9
5 Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina Soviet Union 11.9
6 Galina Reshchikova Soviet Union 12.1

Final[edit]

Rank Name Country Result
1 Betty Cuthbert Australia 11.5
2 Christa Stubnick Germany 11.7
3 Marlene Mathews-Willard Australia 11.7
4 Isabelle Daniels United States 11.8
5 Giuseppina Leone Italy 11.9
6 Heather Armitage Great Britain 12.0

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