Cheeseman hammering her starting blocks into place at the 1950 British Empire Games
19 May 1929 (age 89)|
Richmond, London, UK
|Height||171 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
|Coached by||Sandy Duncan|
|Achievements and titles|
100 m – 12.0 (1954)|
200 m – 24.4 (1949)
Sylvia Cheeseman (later Disley; born 19 May 1929) is a retired English sprinter. Competing in relays, she won two medals at the 1950 British Empire Games and one at the 1952 Olympics. Individually she was eliminated in the 200 m heats at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. She won the Amateur Athletic Association of England title in this event in 1946–1949 and 1951–1952, placing second in 1950.
Cheeseman's mother was a concert pianist, her father was a bass player and a founding member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and her sister was an international model. In 1957 she married the Olympic runner John Disley; they had two daughters. After retiring from competitions, she worked as a freelance journalist in China and all around Europe.
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