Armitage (right) at the 1956 Olympics
|Born||17 March 1933 (age 84)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|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.
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