Tuesday, April 14, 2015

V5 N. 30 Jean Barnett Walraven RIP , 1948 Olympian

Jean Ruth Walraven  (-Barnett)
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm) 
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg) 
Born: September 26, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States 
Died: December 17, 2014 (Aged 88.082) in Elyria, Ohio, United States 
Affiliations: North Olmsted-Westlake Athletic Club 
Jean Walraven competed for Westlake Athletic Club during the Olympic season, although she started her career with the Polish Olympic Club of Cleveland at age 14. At the 1948 Londonj Olympics, she could not reach the long jump final and was eliminated in the semifinals of the 80 metre hurdles. In the Trials she had placed fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 80 metre hurdles. Her best year was 1946, when she was tied for second at the AAU in the high jump, and at the AAU indoors that year, she placed second in the high jump, and third in the  hurdles. In 1947 she set a world indoor record for the 50 yard hurdles, clocking 7.2 seconds. Her career was working as an accountant for Ohio Crankshaft. Walraven was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.
Personal Bests\: 80H – 12.6 (1948); LJ – 17-3 (5.26) (1948).


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1948 Summer21LondonAthleticsWomen's 80 metres HurdlesUnited StatesUSA6 h1 r2/3
1948 Summer21LondonAthleticsWomen's Long JumpUnited StatesUSA17T QR

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

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1948 Summer21LondonAthleticsUnited StatesSemi-FinalsHeat One6at 1.49
1948 Summer21LondonAthleticsUnited StatesRound OneHeat Four3QU12.6

Women's Long Jump

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1948 Summer21LondonAthleticsUnited StatesQualifying Round17T5.180

Thanks to Ernie Cunliffe for bringing this story to our attention.

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