The women’s 100-meter hurdle race is the gold standard on the world circuit. It made its Olympic debut at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich and has continued on ever since.
Athletics at the Summer Olympics – 100 Metres Hurdles
Ten hurdles are set up along the running track for the competition. There is a distance of 8.5 metres between each set of hurdles. There are 84.0 centimetres between the ground and the top of the hurdles. The nature of the race is largely technical.
Athletes need more than just natural speed and agility, though; they must hone a wide range of abilities via dedicated practise.
Statutes and Ordinances
- The International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, has established guidelines and regulations for the women’s 100-meter hurdle event.
- The stumbling blocks must be modifiable. Each Olympic event has a particular setting, thus they can be found at a range of heights.
- If an athlete intentionally knocks down a hurdle, they will be immediately disqualified. If it was done accidentally, it is not a crime.
- It is against the rules for athletes to physically hinder their opponents. They will be eliminated if they do that.
- Metal and wood can be used for the hurdles and the bar at the top.
- The International Association of Athletics Federations has established guidelines for the height and width of each hurdle.
- The vertical supports need to be coloured white and black. They must be black, and no other shade will do.
- Only timepieces approved by the International Accreditation and Accreditation Council (IAAF) shall be used.
- No participant is allowed to leave the track during competition.
- No points are awarded to any runner who falls short of the finish line..
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 Bufan
Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles Winners at Olympics
|Kim Turner, Michèle Chardonnet
United States, France