100 meter Hurdle Race is considered the standard
hurdle event for women on international level. It was introduced in
the Olympics 1972 Munich Summer Games and has been the part of all
the following Olympics.
During the event, ten hurdles are placed along the running track.
Each hurdle is located at a gap of 8.5 meter from the other. The
height of these hurdles is 84.0 centimeter. The race is pretty
technical in nature. An athlete not only needs speed and agility but
has to cultivate several skills by continuous and hard training.
Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations for 100 meter hurdle for women have been set
by the International Association of Athletics Federations or the
- The hurdles should be adjustable. For different events in the
Olympics, they have to be adjusted at various heights.
- Deliberate knocking down of the hurdle brings instant
disqualification of the athlete. If it is unintentionally it is
not considered an offence.
- Athletes are barred from obstructing their competitors' path.
If they do that, they are disqualified.
- Hurdles and their top bar should be made of metal and wood.
- Length and breadth of each hurdle has been specified by the
IAAF. The top bars should be painted white and black. They
should not be in any other colour.
- IAAF accredited time measurement devices should be used for
measurement of time.
- An athlete cannot step out of the track in the event.
- No athlete, who has been unable to reach the finishing line,
is given any points.
Top performers in 100 meter hurdle for women in the Olympics have
been Yordanka Donkova, Benita Fitzgerald-Brown, Vera Komisova,
Johanna Schaller-Klier, Joanna Hayes, Olga Shishigina, Brigita
Bukovec, LaVonna Martin, Gloria Siebert, Shirley Strong, Tatyana
Anisimova, Ludmila Engquist, Voula Patoulidou, Annelie Ehrhardt,
Olena Krasovska, Glory Alozie, and Valeria Bufanu.