Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres

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Women's 100 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
VenueEmpire Stadium
DatesJuly 31 (heats)
August 2 (semifinals and final)
Competitors33 from 20 nations
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg Fanny Blankers-Koen
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Silver medal icon.svg Dorothy Manley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Bronze medal icon.svg Shirley Strickland
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
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The women's 100 metres sprint event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place July 31 and August 2. The final was won by Dutch Fanny Blankers-Koen. [1]

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Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record
Olympic record
Flag of the United States.svg  Helen Stephens  (USA)11.5 s Berlin, Germany 4 August 1936

Schedule

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

DateTime
Saturday, 31 July 194814:45Round 1
Monday, 2 August 194815:30
16:45
Semifinals
Finals

Results

Round 1

The fastest two runners in each heat advanced to the semifinals.

Heat 1

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 12.0Q
2 Viola Myers Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 12.5Q
3 Betty McKinnon Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 12.7
4 Maria Oberbreyer Flag of Austria.svg  Austria

Heat 2

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Shirley Strickland Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 12.4Q
2 Birthe Nielsen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 12.9Q
3 Noemí Simonetto de Portela Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 13.1
4 Benedicta de Oliveira Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 13.2
5 Tilly Decker Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg

Heat 3

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Grethe Lovsø Nielsen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 12.6Q
2 Winifred Jordan Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 12.7Q
3 Audrey Patterson US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 12.8
4 Joyce King Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 13.1
5 Betty Kretschmer Flag of Chile.svg  Chile

Heat 4

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Cynthia Thompson Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica 12.4Q
2 Daphne Robb-Hasenjager Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa 12.4Q
3 Mabel Walker US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 12.2
4 Millie Cheater Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 12.3

Heat 5

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Doris Batter Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 12.6Q
2 Kathleen Russell Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica 12.9Q
3 Lillian Young US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 13.0
4 Elizabeth Müller Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 13.2Est

Heat 6

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Dorothy Manley Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 12.1Q
2 Phyllis Lightbourn-Jones Flag of Bermuda (1910-1999).svg  Bermuda 13.0Q
3 Marie-Thérèse Renard Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 13.6

Heat 7

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Olga Šicnerová Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 12.4Q
2 Bente Bergendorff Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 12.6Q
3 Helena de Menezes Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 13.2
4 Üner Teoman Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 13.6

Heat 8

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Liliana Tagliaferri Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 12.8Q
2 Xenia Stad-de Jong Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 12.9Q
3 Phyllis Edness Flag of Bermuda (1910-1999).svg  Bermuda 13.6
4 Grete Pavlousek Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 13.6
5 Alma Butia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia 13.6

Heat 9

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Patricia Jones Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 12.7Q
2 Grietje de Jongh Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 12.9Q
3 Jeanine Moussier Flag of France.svg  France 12.9
4 Liv Paulsen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 12.9

Semifinals

The fastest two runners in each heat advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Fanny Blankers-Koen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 12.0Q
2 Shirley Strickland Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 12.4Q
3 Grete Lovso Nielsen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 12.7Q
4 Doris Batter Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
5 Liliana Tagliaferri Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
6 Phyllis Lightbourn-Jones Flag of Bermuda (1910-1999).svg  Bermuda

Semifinal 2

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Dorothy Manley Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 12.4Q
2 Patricia Jones Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 12.6Q
3 Daphne Robb-Hasenjager Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa 12.7
4 Bente Bergendorff Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
5 Xenia Stad-de Jong Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
6 Kathleen Russell Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica

Semifinal 3

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
1 Viola Myers Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 12.4Q
2 Cynthia Thompson Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica 12.5Q
3 Olga Sicnerova Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 12.5
Birthe Nielsen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 12.5
5 Winifred Jordan Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
6 Grietje de Jongh Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Final

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
Gold medal icon.svg Fanny Blankers-Koen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11.9
Silver medal icon.svg Dorothy Manley Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 12.2
Bronze medal icon.svg Shirley Strickland Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 12.2
4 Viola Myers Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 12.3Est
5 Patricia Jones Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 12.4Est
6 Cynthia Thompson Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica 12.6Est

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References

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