80 meter hurdle for women was introduced at the
1932 Los Angeles Summer Games. The competition was a part of the
Olympics athletics till the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Thereafter, it was
removed from Olympics athletics schedule. In the race, the 100 meter
hurdle event was included.
Rules and Regulations
As of now, all rules and regulations for the event were specified by
the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF.
- The hurdles were made in accordance with the specifications
of the IAAF. White and black color was used to paint the top bar
of each hurdle.
- For measuring time, IAAF accredited timing devices were used.
- No athlete was allowed to change the lane while the race.
- All the hurdles were made of metal and wood.
- The hurdles were made to be adjustable. They could be
adjusted to various heights in different events.
- If an athlete left the track while the race, she stood
- Athletes were barred from deliberately felling down the
- Any athlete who failed to reach the finishing point did not
get any credit.
- Athletes were not allowed to obstruct the path of their
competitors. Any athlete found doing so was barred from running.
80 meter hurdle for women was a pretty technical event. An athlete
could not solely rely on speed and agility to win the competition.
The even demand several skills to be cultivated and the athletes
worked and trained hard to gather these skills. The hurdles during
the race could fall down even if slightly touched by the athlete's
body. So she had to be very careful and at the same time fast enough
to reach the finishing line first.
Top performers in 80 meter hurdle for women are Babe Zaharias, Pam
Kilborn, Teresa Cieply, Carole Quinton, Gisela Kohler, Fanny
Blankers-Koen, Trebisonda Valla, Maureen Gardner, Anni Steuer,
Evelyne Hall, Chi Cheng, Maria Golubnichaya, Maureen Caird, Karin
Balzer, Irina Press, Shirley Strickland, and Norma Thrower.