Armitage (right) at the 1956 Olympics
|Born||17 March 1933 (age 84)
|Height||171 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
|Club||Longwood Harriers, Huddersfield|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m – 11.6 (1956)
200 – 23.79y (1958)
Heather Joy Armitage (later Young, then McClelland; born 17 March 1933) is a retired British sprinter. She competed in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 m events and won two medals in the relay. Her best individual achievement was sixth place in the 100 m in 1956. In 1958, she won three medals at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff and then took 100 m gold at the 1958 European Championships in Athletics in Stockholm, thereby becoming the first British woman to win an individual European track title.
In the 1950s she married Frank Young, a fellow teacher, and competed as Heather Young. They had a daughter Alison, but later divorced, with Armitage marrying the former association football player John McClelland. She retired from competitions in 1960 and devoted herself to teaching, mostly on religious topics.
As of August 2017, she still hold the official British Record for the 100 yards.
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