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Mildred Didrikson wins gold in1932
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Track and field is where she earned her Olympic glory. At the age of 21, Babe competed in three events at the 1932 Olympics—the 80-meter hurdles, the javelin, and the high jump. She would have competed in more, but at the time women were limited to competing in up to three individual events. She easily won the javelin, the first Olympic javelin event ever available to women, with a hurl of 143 feet, four inches. Then she broke the world record in the first women's Olympic 80-meter hurdles.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias at the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932. In an unorthodox combination of events to medal in, she took gold in the 80-meter hurdles and the javelin, also bringing home silver in the high jump. She shattered stereotypes of women in sports & has since been named the second-greatest female athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. Her performance may have ended up even higher on this list had women been allowed to compete in more than 3 Olympic events at the time.
Babe Didrikson winning the hurdles in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics
Los Angeles Olympics 1932
Athletics - Los Angeles Olympic Games 1932 - Men's 800m Final. Thomas Hampson ( G.B. ) 1st Alex Wilson ( Canada ) 2nd Philip Edwards ( Canada ) 3rd - also 3rd in 1500
Frank Kurtz of the United States and Farid Samaika of Egypt do an exhibition dive from the high platform in Los Angeles, 1932. Bettman/Corbis.
Marquette sprinter Ralph Metcalfe with Eddie Tolan at the Los Angeles Olympics, 1932. Metcalfe won four total medals in the 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin) Summer Olympics.
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Clare Dennis, gold medalist for Australia, 200m breast stroke in world record time, 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
Juan Carlos Zabala, a 20-year-old newsboy from Argentina, crosses the finish line to win the 1932 Olympic marathon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Charles Dumas winning the gold medal for the High Jump at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics (b/w photo)/ Australian photographer