Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Women's 80 metres hurdles

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Women's 80 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 18–19 October
Competitors 31 from 20 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Germany
Silver medal    Poland
Bronze medal    Australia
«1960 1968»
Athletics at the
1964 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
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
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The women's 80 metres hurdles was the only women's hurdle race in the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 18 October and 19 October 1964. 31 athletes from 20 nations entered, with 4 not starting the first round. The first round was held on 18 October, with the semifinals and final on 19 October. The 1965 film Tokyo Olympiad by Kon Ichikawa shows amazingly great detail of the preliminaries, preparation, final and medal ceremony surrounding this event. See that coverage of the race on youtube

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

The top four runners in each of the 4 heats advanced.

First round, heat 1[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Karin Balzer Germany 10.7 seconds
2 Galina Bystrova Soviet Union 10.9 seconds
3 Rose Hart Ghana 11.3 seconds
4 Snejana Kerkova Bulgaria 11.5 seconds
5 Lorraine Dunn Panama 11.5 seconds
Amy Snider Canada Disqualified
Amelia Hinten Netherlands Did not start

First round, heat 2[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Irina Press Soviet Union 10.7 seconds
2 Patricia Pryce Great Britain 10.8 seconds
3 Avis Mcintosh New Zealand 10.8 seconds
4 Gundula Diel Germany 10.9 seconds
5 Cherrie Sherrard United States 11.0 seconds
6 Marlene Canguio France 11.0 seconds
7 Chi Cheng Taiwan 11.1 seconds
8 Sirkka Norrlund Finland 11.2 seconds

First round, heat 3[edit]

There was a strong wind behind the runners; the official report does not credit Piątkowska with equalling the Olympic record of 10.6 seconds.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Maria Piątkowska Poland 10.6 seconds
2 Pam Kilborn Australia 10.7 seconds
3 Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union 10.9 seconds
4 Leahseneth O'Neal United States 10.9 seconds
5 Carmen Smith Jamaica 11.8 seconds
6 Yeh Chu Mei Taiwan 12.1 seconds
Zenta Kopp Germany Did not start
Mary Rand Great Britain Did not start

First round, heat 4[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Rosie Bonds United States 10.6 seconds
2 Yoda Ikuko Japan 10.7 seconds
3 Teresa Ciepły Poland 10.7 seconds
4 Draga Stamejcic Yugoslavia 10.8 seconds
5 Jenny Wingerson Canada 11.1 seconds
6 Inge Aigner Austria 11.2 seconds
7 Mary Musani Uganda 12.9 seconds
Denise Guenard France Did not start

Semifinals[edit]

The top four runners in each semifinal advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Pam Kilborn Australia 10.6 seconds =OR
2 Teresa Ciepły Poland 10.7 seconds
3 Irina Press Soviet Union 10.8 seconds
4 Rosie Bonds United States 10.8 seconds
5 Avis Mcintosh New Zealand 10.9 seconds
6 Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union 10.9 seconds
7 Gundula Diel Germany 11.0 seconds
8 Snejana Kerkova Bulgaria 11.4 seconds

Semifinal 2[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Karin Balzer Germany 10.6 seconds =OR
2 Yoda Ikuko Japan 10.7 seconds
3 Draga Stamejcic Yugoslavia 10.7 seconds
4 Maria Piątkowska Poland 10.7 seconds
5 Patricia Pryce Great Britain 10.7 seconds
6 Galina Bystrova Soviet Union 10.8 seconds
7 Leahseneth O'Neal United States 10.9 seconds
8 Rose Hart Ghana 11.1 seconds

Final[edit]

Balzer, Ciepły, and Kilborn are not credited by the official report with tying the world record of 10.5 seconds (and breaking the 10.6 second Olympic record) due to the wind advantage. They finished in one of the closest endings to an Olympic final ever, with Balzer defeating Ciepły by about one-hundredth of a second and Kilborn by two one-hundredths.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Karin Balzer Germany 10.5 seconds
2 Teresa Ciepły Poland 10.5 seconds
3 Pam Kilborn Australia 10.6 seconds
4 Irina Press Soviet Union 10.6 seconds
5 Yoda Ikuko Japan 10.7 seconds
6 Maria Piątkowska Poland 10.7 seconds
7 Draga Stamejcic Yugoslavia 10.8 seconds
8 Rosie Bonds United States 10.8 seconds

References[edit]

  • Official Report