Mary Rand won three medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. She is called the Golden Girl of UK Athletics
Britain’s star athlete Mary Rand
Mary Rand of Britain is considered a Golden Girl in her country. The journey of this player, who created history in the Olympic Games of 1964, started many years ago, but it took him a long time to prove his ability. Before becoming the Golden Girl of Britain, she had to face a lot of difficulties. However, their success achieved the task of raising the level of women in the sports world. She maintained that she was in the headlines not only because of her game but also because of her film star looks.
Mary Rand was featured in British newspapers at the age of 16. He was compared to the biggest star of the time, Marlin Monroe. Many big British stars had expressed their desire to go on a date with him. However, even at the age of 16, Mary did not let it dominate her and kept her focus on the game, due to which she had great achievements.
Beat the country’s star players at the age of 16
At the age of 16, when the Great Britain team was being sent for the Olympics, Mary was invited as a guest. He participated in these games and beat all the qualifiers. Everyone was surprised to see this. However, he could not include Mary in the team then. Before the 1960 Rome Olympics, he held the British record in the long jump with a jump of 6.33 meters. His performance would have earned him a silver in the Olympics, although this did not happen. In the final, she fouled in two out of three jumps, which caused her to finish ninth. At the same time, she finished fourth in the 80 meter hurdle that year.
History was created in Tokyo Olympics
Mary Rand gave birth to a daughter two years before the 1964 Olympics. People felt that maybe now he is no longer in Mary Rand. Before going to Tokyo, Mary had said that my goal is to win gold in Olympic with a world record. People did not take this thing seriously, but this goal was everything for Mary. He had five chances to jump in the final of the Olympic Games. In the first jump, he set a British record. After this, in the fifth jump, he set a world record with a jump of 1.6 meters. She became the first female player to win Olympic gold in athletics for Britain. He then won the silver medal at the Pentathlon. After this, the country was also awarded bronze medal in the 4 × 100 meter relay.
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