Biography of Famous Olympic Track and Field Athlete Stella Walsh

About the biography of the famous olympic track and field athlete Stella Walsh, history and information.

Stella Walsh

She probably ran longer than any woman in history. This Polish marvel began her track career in 1930 and was still going strong in 1953 at the age of 42.

Born in Poland in 1911, raised in the U.S., Stella Walsh competed for Poland in the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games. In Los Angeles, she won the 100-m. dash in 11.9 and in Berlin was 2nd in the event to Helen Stephens.

Stella took her 1st U.S. AAU championships in 1930. She was just 19 when she had triumphed in the 100-yd. and 220-yd. sprints and the long jump.

In 1933, she lined up for a 60-m. dash that was to make history. She broke the tape in 7.3, a new world's record. She lowered the world standard in the 100-m. to 11.7 in 1934 and lowered it again, to 11.6, in Berlin in 1937. She set the 220-m. record in 1935, with a 23.6, and the 220-yd. record in the same year in Cleveland, with a 24.3.

It would be fair to say that after 18 years of competition, a sprinter's legs might be a bit sprung. But Stella Walsh astounded the world in 1948 by once more winning the AAU titles in the 100-yd., 220-yd., and long jump events. She was 37 years old.

At the end of a long and brilliant career, Stella could lean back and count some 40 U.S. championships and world records.

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