Thorill Gylder

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Thorill Gylder
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Women's athletics
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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]

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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]

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]

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]

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

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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