80 metres hurdles

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80 metres hurdles is a distance in hurdling ran by women until 1972 in international competitions.

Since the 1972 Summer Olympics, the event has been permanently replaced by the 100 metre hurdles.[1]

Masters athletics[edit]

The distance, with different spacing between hurdles is still in use in Masters athletics in the Men's division over 70 years of age, and the Women's division over 40 years of age.[2]

Youth athletics[edit]

The distance, with different spacing between hurdles is also in use in the 11- to 12-year-old division, previously called the "Midget" division.[3]


  • First official time: 13.0 seconds, Ludmila Sychrová, Czechoslovakia, July 6, 1926
  • First official world record: 12.8 seconds, Eva von Bredow, Germany, June 14, 1927
  • First runner under 12 seconds: 11.8 seconds, Babe Didrikson, United States, August 3, 1932
  • First runner under 11 seconds: 10.9 seconds, Shirley Strickland, AUS, July 24, 1952
  • Last official world record: 10.2 seconds, Vera Korsakova, USSR, June 16, 1968
  • Maureen Caird's winning time of 10.39A at the 1968 Olympics is intrinsically better than the hand timed official record, but at the time, IAAF did not have any rules in place to recognize automatic times. When those rules were put in place in 1977, which recognized records set in the 1968 Olympics in many other events, the 80 metres hurdles had been retired for almost a decade.

Olympic medalists[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1932 Los Angeles
 Babe Didrikson (USA)  Evelyne Hall (USA)  Marjorie Clark (RSA)
1936 Berlin
 Ondina Valla (ITA)  Anni Steuer (GER)  Elizabeth Taylor (CAN)
1948 London
 Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED)  Maureen Gardner (GBR)  Shirley Strickland (AUS)
1952 Helsinki
 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty (AUS)  Maria Golubnichaya (URS)  Maria Sander (GER)
1956 Melbourne
 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty (AUS)  Gisela Köhler (EUA)  Norma Thrower (AUS)
1960 Rome
 Irina Press (URS)  Carole Quinton (GBR)  Gisela Birkemeyer (EUA)
1964 Tokyo
 Karin Balzer (EUA)  Teresa Ciepły (POL)  Pam Kilborn (AUS)
1968 Mexico City
 Maureen Caird (AUS)  Pam Kilborn (AUS)  Chi Cheng (ROC)

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