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Elizabeth Robinson

Updated:2008-07-09 09:57 |

  Berlin 1936, Games of the XI Olympiad. Helen STEPHENS and Elizabeth ROBINSON, members of the winning American 4x100m relay team. Credit: IOC Olympic Museum Collections

  Other names: ROBINSON, Betty

  Born: 23 August 1911

  Deceased: 18 May 1999

  Birthplace: Riverdale (United States)

  Nationality: United States

  Sport: Athletics


  Amsterdam 1928

  Berlin 1936


  Olympic medals:

  Gold: 2

  Silver: 1

  The Runner Who Returned From the Dead

  Betty Robinson was a 16-year-old student who did not know she was a good runner until a teacher spotted her running after a train and timed her in a corridor back at school. Robinson competed in her first meet only four months before the 1928 Olympics. In her first outdoor meet, she set a world record for 100m. The 1928 100m was the first women‘s track event to be contested in Olympic history. Robinson won the final by half a metre in what was only her fourth track meet ever. She also earned a silver medal in the 4x100m relay. Three years after her Olympic triumph, Robinson was badly injured in an airplane crash. The man who found her thought she was dead, so he put her in his car trunk and drove her to a mortician. She was unconscious for seven weeks and she could not walk normally for two years…but she did survive. Robinson wanted to return to competitive sprinting, but she was no longer able to bend her leg fully at the knee, so she could not assume the crouched starting position. She could, however, run in relays. In 1936, Betty Robinson won a second gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4x100m relay team.

Editor : LiuAnqi

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