Dorothy Manley

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Yevgenia Setschenowa , Fanny Blankers-Koen and Dorothy Manley (right) 1950

Dorothy Manley (widowed Hall, married Parlett ; born April 29, 1927 in West Ham ) is a former British athlete and runner-up in the Olympic Games.

Manley worked as a typist and had only been training for five months when she took part in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and with a result of 12.2 seconds the silver medal in the 100-meter run behind the Dutch Fanny Blankers-Koen (gold) and ahead the Australian Shirley Strickland (bronze) won. She originally intended to take part in the Olympics as a high jumper , but her coach insisted that she start as a sprinter . She did not take part in the opening ceremony because she was supposed to spare herself for the competitions that began the next day. She won all of her preliminary runs, but in the final she had to admit defeat to Fanny Blankers-Koen, which was partly due to the fact that Manley thought she had started too early due to her nervousness and was reluctant to continue on the first meters. During the Olympics, she looked after her fiancé and future husband, Peter Hall, who was undergoing clinical treatment after mental health problems and a suicide attempt.

In 1949 she married Hall and from then on started under the name Dorothy Hall. At the British Empire Games in 1950 , she achieved team bronze medal over 440 (110 × 220 × 110) yards and the team silver medal over 660 (220 × 110 × 220 × 110) yards. After problems with her thyroid gland , she ended her sports career in 1952.

Her first husband died in 1973. In 1979 she married her teammate at the 1948 Olympics and the 1950 British Empire Games, John Parlett .

With a height of 1.65 m, her competition weight was 56 kg. She started for the Essex Ladies association and campaigned heavily for the 2012 Olympic Games to be awarded to London .

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