UK:  Mary Rand  Athlete  Born 1940  A remarkable athlete, Rand was the first British woman to win an Olympic gold in a track and field event. She won the gold for a record-breaking long jump of 6.76m in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, but was such an all-rounder that she also took home a silver and a bronze for the pentathlon and 100m relay.

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UK: Mary Rand Athlete Born 1940 A remarkable athlete, Rand was the first British woman to win an Olympic gold in a track and field event. She won the gold for a record-breaking long jump of 6.76m in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, but was such an all-rounder that she also took home a silver and a bronze for the pentathlon and 100m relay.

USA's Jeff Henderson celebrates after he won the Men's Long Jump Final during…

USA's Jeff Henderson celebrates after he won the Men's Long Jump Final during…

Lynette Woodard

Lynette Woodard

"Jumping over hurdles to stay on track!" For my Data tracking board with inspirational athletes around it.  Allyson Felix, track and field (United States)

"Jumping over hurdles to stay on track!" For my Data tracking board with inspirational athletes around it. Allyson Felix, track and field (United States)

Jackie Joyner Kersee, born in East St.Louis, winner of six Olympic medals.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Image Gallery

Jackie Joyner Kersee, born in East St.Louis, winner of six Olympic medals.

After winning the 100 meters in the Los Angeles Olympics, Evelyn Ashford (right) hugs teammate Jeanette Bolden. August 6, 1984. In addition to the 100 m, Evelyn won the 4 x 100 m relay in 1984.  She returned to the Olympics in 1988 and 1992, winning two gold medals in the 4 x 100 m relay and a silver medal in the 100 m. Jeanette only won one gold medal, her career ended when she ruptured her Achilles tendon at the 1988 Olympic trials.  Today she is a track and field coach at UCLA.

After winning the 100 meters in the Los Angeles Olympics, Evelyn Ashford (right) hugs teammate Jeanette Bolden. August 6, 1984. In addition to the 100 m, Evelyn won the 4 x 100 m relay in 1984. She returned to the Olympics in 1988 and 1992, winning two gold medals in the 4 x 100 m relay and a silver medal in the 100 m. Jeanette only won one gold medal, her career ended when she ruptured her Achilles tendon at the 1988 Olympic trials. Today she is a track and field coach at UCLA.

Jessica Ennis throwing shot put

Jessica Ennis throwing shot put

History was then made in the 4x100m relay as Wilma Rudolph crossed the line first in a world record time of 44.5 seconds to win another gold medal – her third of the Games – with team-mates Martha Hudson, Lucinda Williams and Barbara Jones.

50 stunning Olympic moments: Wilma Rudolph – in pictures

History was then made in the 4x100m relay as Wilma Rudolph crossed the line first in a world record time of 44.5 seconds to win another gold medal – her third of the Games – with team-mates Martha Hudson, Lucinda Williams and Barbara Jones.

London 2012 Summer Olympic Games Womens Discus Throw

London 2012 Summer Olympic Games Womens Discus Throw

Javelin throwing, 1920s

Javelin throwing, 1920s

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