Dixie Willis

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Dixie Willis
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Born13 December 1941

Dixie Isabel Willis (later Booth, then Ingram) (born 13 December 1941 in Fremantle, Western Australia) is a former Australian middle distance runner, who won the gold medal in the women's 880 yards event at the 1962 Commonwealth Games. She was selected to compete over 800 metres for her native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics. At Rome in 1960 she was leading the final with 70 metres remaining when she fell off the track. She then regained the track to finish last.[1] In 1964 at Tokyo she was unable to compete due to injury.[2]

On 3 March 1962 she set world records for 800 metres (2:01.2) and 880 yards (2:02.0) in narrowly beating Marise Chamberlain (2:01.4 and 2:02.3) who also beat the previous world records.


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Dixie Willis". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011.

Preceded by
Soviet Union Lyudmila Shevtsova
Women's 800 metres World Record Holder
1962-03-03 – 1964-10-20
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Ann Packer