1934 Women's World Games

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Women's World Games
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London, England
First event 1934
Stanisława Walasiewicz, winner of the 60 metres event

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.[1][2][3][4][5][6] 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[1][2][6] as a response to the IOC decision to include only a few women's events (100 metres, 800 metres, 4 × 100 m relay, high jump and discus[3][6]) in the 1928 Olympic Games.

The games were attended by 200 participants from 19 nations[1][5] (including now dissolved nations):[7] Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Palestine, Poland, Rhodesia, South Africa, Sweden, United States and Yugoslavia.

The athletes competed in 12 events:[1][3][4][8] 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.[1][4]

The tournament was opened with an olympic style ceremony. The Canadian flag bearer was Lillian Palmer[9] as captain of the Canadian team. The games attended an audience of 15,000 spectators[4] and several world records were set.

The games were the first to include a women's pentathlon.[2][5]

A special commemorative medal was issued for the participants and the games were closed with a formal banquet.[7]

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 metres Stanisława Walasiewicz
7.6 Margarete Kuhlmann
? Ethel Johnson
 United Kingdom
100 metres Käthe Krauß
11.9 Stella Walasiewicz
? Eileen Hiscock
 United Kingdom
200 metres Käthe Krauß
24.9 Stella Walasiewicz
25.0 Eileen Hiscock
 United Kingdom
800 metres Zdena Koubková
2:12.8 Märtha Wretman
2:13.8 Gladys Lunn
 United Kingdom
80 metres hurdles Ruth Engelhard
11.6 Betty Taylor
11.7 Violet Webb
 United Kingdom
4×100 metres relay  Germany
Käthe Krauß
Margarete Kuhlmann
Marie Dollinger
Selma Grieme
48.6  Netherlands 50.0  Austria 51.2
High jump Selma Grieme
1.55 m Mary Milne
 United Kingdom
1.525 m Margaret Bell
1.525 m
Long jump Traute Göppner
5.805 m Hedwig Bauschulte
5.79 m Zdena Koubková
5.695 m
Shot put Gisela Mauermayer
13.67 m Tilly Fleischer
12.10 m Štepánka Pekárová
11.82 m
Discus throw Jadwiga Wajs
43.795 m Gisela Mauermayer
40.65 m Käthe Krauß
39.875 m
Javelin throw Lisa Gelius
42.435 m Herma Bauma
40.30 m Luise Krüger
40.095 m
Pentathlon Gisela Mauermayer
377 pts Grete Busch
320 pts Štepánka Pekárová
316 pts

Points table[edit]

Place Nation Points
1  Germany 95
2  Poland 33
3  United Kingdom 31
4  Canada 22
5  Czechoslovakia 18
6  RSA 14
7  Sweden 11
8  Japan 10


  1. ^ a b c d e 11 august 1934 Kalenderblatt, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  2. ^ a b c Rétrospective de l'athlétisme féminin, page 10 Sylvain Charlet, Amicale des Entraineurs d'Ile de France d'Athlétisme AEIFA, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  3. ^ a b c Kidd, Bruce (1994). "The Women's Olympic Games: Important Breakthrough Obscured By Time". CAAWS Action Bulletin. Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d 11 august 1934 Deutsche Welle, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  5. ^ a b c Chronique de l'athlétisme féminin NordNet.fr, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  6. ^ a b c Women athletes between the world wars The Oxford DNB, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  7. ^ a b A Right Royal Feast, John Lane, p 122 David & Charles 2011, ISBN 978-1446301616, Retrieved 24 November 2016
  8. ^ FSFI Women's World Games GBR Athletics, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  9. ^ Lillian Palmer BC Sports Hall of Fame, Retrieved 10 December 2013

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