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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Women's 80 m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 17, 1968 Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 18, 1968  
(Competitors: 33; Countries: 23; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Vera Korsakova (URS) had set a world record of 10.2 during the season, but was untested in big competition, and the favourites were reigning champion Balzer and 1967’s best, Kilborn. The Australian set an Olympic record in the heats with 10.4 (10.41) but the shock came when her young teammate Caird also ran 10.4 (10.48). Caird then won her semi-final in 10.5 (10.59) into a strong headwind, with Balzer edging Korsakova for the last qualifying position 10.83 to 10.86. Kilborn won the other semi-final in 10.4 (10.44) from Cheng 10.5 (10.56). Caird was off faster than Kilborn in the final, and this was the difference between the two, as Caird came home with a margin of just over half a metre, with Cheng a similar distance back setting an Asian record. Caird’s mark was the second-fastest ever in the last major race over the distance, and the fastest-ever on automatic timing. She was also the youngest-ever individual track event winner in the Olympics, at 17 years and 19 days.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
This was the final 80 metre hurdle event at any major competition, as the women’s high hurdles moved up to 100 metres immediately after the 1968 Olympics. In June 1968, Soviet Vera Korsakova had twice broken the world record at a meet in Rīga, Latvia, leaving the mark at 10.2 in the final – and it would become the still-standing 80 metre hurdle world record. While most sprints and horizontal jumps benefited from the altitude of Ciudad de México, with numerous world records set, the women did not match Korsakova’s world record. And Korsakova would not get to the final of the event, placing fifth in the first semi-final. The favorites were Karin Balzer, 1964 gold medalist, and multiple European champion, and Australia’s Pam Kilborn, Commonwealth Games champion in 1962, 1966, and later in 1970, who had not lost since the 1964 Olympics in which she was the bronze medalist. But in the final, Kilborn and Balzer both started very poorly. Balzer never recovered and finished fifth, but Kilborn came on string at the end and almost caught her teammate, the unheralded Maureen Caird, who was only 17-years-old and remains the youngest individual track event gold medalist at the Olympics.
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Vera Korsakova (URS) 10.2 Soviet Union July 16, 1968
Olympic record  Irina Press (URS) 10.6 Rome, Italy August 31, 1960
 
        Results          
   
80 m Hurdles Women     Final 18 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.39     Maureen Caird Australia AUS 17 OR 10.3 h
2 10.46     Pam Kilborn-Ryan Australia AUS 29   10.4 h
3 10.51     Chi Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 24   10.4 h
4 10.60     Patty van Wolvelaere-Johnson United States USA 18   10.5 h
5 10.61     Karin Richert-Balzer East Germany GDR 30   10.6 h
6 10.66     Danuta Straszyńska Poland POL 26   10.6 h
7 10.66     Elżbieta Żebrowska Poland POL 23   10.6 h
8 10.72     Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union URS 30   10.7 h
80 m Hurdles Women     Semi-Finals Heat One 18 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.59   Q Maureen Caird Australia AUS 17   10.5 h
2 10.72   Q Patty van Wolvelaere-Johnson United States USA 18   10.6 h
3 10.80   Q Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union URS 30   10.7 h
4 10.83   Q Karin Richert-Balzer East Germany GDR 30   10.8 h
5 10.86     Vera Korsakova Soviet Union URS 27   10.8 h
6 11.00     Teresa Sukniewicz Poland POL 19   10.9 h
7 11.08     Valeria Bufanu-Ştefănescu Romania ROU 22   11.0 h
8 11.12     Inge Aigner Austria AUT 25   11.1 h
80 m Hurdles Women     Semi-Finals Heat Two 18 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.44   Q Pam Kilborn-Ryan Australia AUS 29 (=)OR 10.4 h
2 10.56   Q Chi Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 24   10.5 h
3 10.60   Q Danuta Straszyńska Poland POL 26   10.5 h
4 10.70   Q Elżbieta Żebrowska Poland POL 23   10.6 h
5 10.70     Mamie Rallins United States USA 27   10.6 h
6 10.84     Judy Dyer United States USA 20   10.8 h
7 10.84     Inge Schell West Germany FRG 29   10.8 h
8 11.22     Mária Kiss Hungary HUN 19   11.2 h
80 m Hurdles Women     Round One Heat One 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.69 w Q Mamie Rallins United States USA 27   10.6w h
2 10.74 w Q Vera Korsakova Soviet Union URS 27   10.6w h
3 10.77 w Q Inge Schell West Germany FRG 29   10.7w h
4 11.09 w   Carmen Smith Jamaica JAM 25   11.0w h
5 11.10 w   Carla Panerai Italy ITA 21   11.0w
6 11.20 w   Enriqueta Basilio Mexico MEX 20   11.1w h
7 11.24 w   Ulla-Britt Wieslander Sweden SWE 26   11.2w h
80 m Hurdles Women     Round One Heat Two 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.41   Q Pam Kilborn-Ryan Australia AUS 29 OR 10.4 h
2 10.92   Q Valeria Bufanu-Ştefănescu Romania ROU 22   10.9 h
3 10.93   Q Mária Kiss Hungary HUN 19   10.9 h
4 10.99     Marlene Elejarde Cuba CUB 17   10.9 h
5 11.02     Marijana Lubej Yugoslavia YUG 23   11.0 h
6 11.07     Snezhana Yurukova Bulgaria BUL 23   11.0 h
7 11.19     Ann Wilson Great Britain GBR 19   11.1 h
80 m Hurdles Women     Round One Heat Three 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.65   Q Patty van Wolvelaere-Johnson United States USA 18   10.6 h
2 10.72   Q Teresa Sukniewicz Poland POL 19   10.7 h
3 10.81   Q Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union URS 30   10.8 h
4 11.13     Carlota Ulloa Chile CHI 24   11.1 h
5 11.17     Jenny Wingerson-Meldrum Canada CAN 25   11.1 h
AC DNF     Pat Pryce-Nutting Great Britain GBR 26    
80 m Hurdles Women     Round One Heat Four 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.48   Q Maureen Caird Australia AUS 17 (=)OR 10.4 h
2 10.53   Q Chi Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 24   10.5 h
3 10.72   Q Danuta Straszyńska Poland POL 26   10.7 h
4 10.83   Q Inge Aigner Austria AUT 25   10.8 h
5 10.95     Meta Antenen Switzerland SUI 19   10.9 h
6 11.03     Pat Jones Great Britain GBR 26   11.0 h
7 11.50     Roswitha Emonts-Gast Belgium BEL 23   11.4 h
80 m Hurdles Women     Round One Heat Five 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.72   Q Karin Richert-Balzer East Germany GDR 30   10.7 h
2 10.83   Q Elżbieta Żebrowska Poland POL 23   10.8 h
3 10.94   Q Judy Dyer United States USA 20   10.9 h
4 10.97     Liudmila Ievleva Soviet Union URS 27   10.9 h
5 11.77     Yeh Chu-Mei Chinese Taipei TPE 24   11.7 h
6 12.90     Cecilia Sosa El Salvador ESA 20   12.8 h
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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