Thorill Gylder

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Thorill Gylder
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IAAF World Race Walking Cup
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1979 Eschborn 5 km walk

Thorill Gylder (born 5 May 1958) is a Norwegian female former racewalking athlete. A member of Vansjø/Svinndal IL sports club, she competed from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. [1] She competed three times at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup and after a fourth-place finish in 1975 she took the 5 km walk bronze medal. [2]

Norway Country in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Racewalking athletic discipline

Racewalking, or race walking, is a long-distance discipline within the sport of athletics. Although it is a foot race, it is different from running in that one foot must appear to be in contact with the ground at all times. This is assessed by race judges. Typically held on either roads or on running tracks, common distances differ from 3000 metres (1.8 mi) up to 100 kilometres (62.1 mi).

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She broke several world records in walking during her career. She took the 20 kilometres walk world record with a time of 1:43:20 hours in 1978. This stood for nearly two years until it was beaten by Sue Cook. She twice broke the 10 km walk world record, setting a time of 48:40 minutes in 1978 before knocking over a minute off that with 47:24 minutes in 1979. Sue Cook was again the athlete to better Gylder's record, doing so in 1980. She also broke the 5000 metres race walk world record at Bislett Stadium in 1978. [3]

The following table shows the world record progression in the women's 20 kilometres walk, as recognised by the IAAF.

The following table shows the World Record Progression in the Women's 10 km Walk, as recognised by the IAAF.

The 5000 metres race walk is a racewalking event. The event is competed as a track race and was part of the athletics programme for men at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics until 1993. It is also an event in the World Masters Athletics Championships, and is a World record event.

Gylder gained her first international experiences at regional level. She was a minor medallist at junior level at the Nordic Race Walking Championships in 1973 and 1975, behind Sweden's Siv Gustavsson and Monica Karlsson. She took her first senior medal at the competition (a bronze) in 1975 behind Swedes Margareta Simu and Elisabeth Olsson –this made her only the second Norwegian to medal after 1971 winner Thorhild Sarpebakken. [4] She also took a silver medal indoors in the 3000 m walk at the 1978 Nordic Indoor Race Walking Championships, with Simu again topping the podium. [5]

Nordic Race Walking Championships

The Nordic Race Walking Championships is an annual racewalking competition between athletes from the Nordic countries organised by Nordic Athletics. Established in 1957, it was a biennial competition until 2004. The events vary between road competitions and track competitions each edition. The 1975 and 1979 editions were open to non-Nordic athletes.

Siv Gustavsson is a Swedish former racewalking athlete. She was the gold medallist at the 1981 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, making her the second ever female world champion in the sport.

Margareta Simu is a Swedish former racewalking athlete. She competed three times at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup and was the winner in 1975 and bronze medallist in 1977. On her last appearance in 1979 she placed eighth.

Gylder was the dominant female walker nationally during her career, taking six consecutive 5000 metres race walk titles from 1975 to 1980 and seven straight titles in the 10 kilometres race walk discipline. Her victories followed on from those of her sister, Gerd Gylder, who was also an international walker for Norway. [6]

10 kilometres race walk racewalking competition over 10 kilometres

The 10 kilometres race walk, or 10-kilometer racewalk, is a racewalking event. The event is competed as a road race. Athletes must always keep in contact with the ground and the supporting leg must remain straight until the raised leg passes it. 10 kilometers is 6.21 miles.

International competitions

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
1975 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Le Grand-Quevilly, France4th5 km walk25:05
Nordic Race Walking Championships Odense, Denmark3rd5 km walk25:34
1976 Nordic Indoor Race Walking Championships Östersund, Sweden3rd3000 m junior walk15:21
1977 Nordic Race Walking Championships Helsinki, Finland3rd5 km walk24:09
1978 Nordic Indoor Race Walking Championships Turku, Finland2nd3000 m walk13:58.3
1979 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Eschborn, West Germany3rd5 km walk23:08
Nordic Race Walking Championships Härnösand, Sweden2nd10,000 m walk49:55
1981 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Valencia, Spain 5 km walk DNF

National titles

Norwegian Athletics Championships

The Norwegian Athletics Championships is an annual outdoor track and field competition organised by the Norwegian Athletics Association, which serves as the national championship for the sport in Norway. Royal trophies (Kongepokal) are given to the most outstanding male and female athletes of the competition.

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References

  1. Thorill Gylder. Store norske leksikon. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  2. IAAF World Race Walking Cup Taicang 2014 Facts & Figures. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-04-16.
  3. Issue 801, February 2010. Race Walking Record. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  4. Nordic Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  5. Nordic Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  6. Norwegian Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
Records
Preceded by
Lilian Harpur
Women's 20 km walk world record holder
23 April 1978 – 3 February 1980
Succeeded by
Sue Cook
Preceded by
Margareta Simu
Women's 10 km walk world record holder
16 September 1978 – 11 May 1980
Succeeded by
Sue Cook