Olympics
List of all Olympics Women's 100 Meter Hurdles winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Women's 100 Meter Hurdles

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.

The Event
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 IAAF.
  • 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
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.

Women's 100 Meter Hurdles Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1972 Annelie Ehrhardt
East Germany
Valeria Bufanu
Romania
Karin Balzer
East Germany
1976 Johanna Schaller
East Germany
Tatyana Anisimova
Soviet Union
Natalya Lebedeva
Soviet Union
1980 Vera Komisova
Soviet Union
Johanna Schaller-Klier
East Germany
Lucyna Langer
Poland
1984 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown
United States
Shirley Strong
Great Britain
Kim Turner, Michèle Chardonnet
United States, France
1988 Yordanka Donkova
Bulgaria
Gloria Siebert
East Germany
Claudia Zaczkiewicz
West Germany
1992 Voula Patoulidou
Greece
LaVonna Martin
United States
Yordanka Donkova
Bulgaria
1996 Ludmila Engquist
Sweden
Brigita Bukovec
Slovenia
Patricia Girard
France
2000 Olga Shishigina
Kazakhstan
Glory Alozie
Nigeria
Melissa Morrison
United States
2004 Joanna Hayes
United States
Olena Krasovska
Ukraine
Melissa Morrison
United States
2008 Dawn Harper
United States
Sally McLellan
Australia
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep
Canada
2012 Sally Pearson
Australia
Dawn Harper
United States
Kellie Wells
United States