Pam Ryan

1939 –

If ever an Australian athlete deserved an Olympic gold medal, it was Pam Kilborn Ryan. As Pam Kilborn, she finished a close third in the 80m hurdles at Tokyo 1964. Four years later, as Pam Ryan, she was somewhat surprisingly beaten into second place by Australia's Maureen Caird at Mexico City 1968. A further four years saw her finish fourth in the inaugural staging of the 100m hurdles at Munich 1972. During her career she won eighteen individual Australian titles, six gold medals at the Empire and Commonwealth Games (Perth 1962, Kingston 1966 and Edinburgh 1970) and set or equalled a number of world records. Her time of 12.93 seconds for the 100m hurdles in June 1972 stood for almost 35 years as the best by an Australian until Sally McLellan ran 12.71 seconds in May 2007.

Olympic Results

1972 Munich

100m Hurdles - Women
Qualifying 12.93 (0.0) (2nd)
Semi Final 12.95 (0.0) (2nd)
Final 12.98 (4th)
Final Placing 4 / 25
100m - Women
Qualifying 11.73 (-0.4) (5th)
Quarter Final 11.85 (6th)
Final Placing 29 / 47
4 x 100m Relay - Women
Qualifying 44.03 (3rd)
Final 43.61 (6th)
Final Placing 6 / 15

1968 Mexico City

100m - Women
Qualifying 11.6 (4th)
Quarter Final 11.4 (6th)
Final Placing 18 / 41
80m Hurdles - Women
Qualifying 10.4 (1st)
Semi Final 10.4 (1st)
Final 10.4 (2nd)
Final Placing 2 / 32

1964 Tokyo

80m Hurdles - Women
Qualifying 10.7 (2nd)
Semi Final 10.6 (1st)
Final 10.5 (3rd)
Final Placing 3 / 27