She had her first major international appearance, still under her birth name Bignal, at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958 . With 1.61 m she was fifth in the high jump, with 5.97 m in the long jump she won silver behind her English teammate Sheila Hoskin with 6.02 m. A month later she finished seventh in the pentathlon at the European Championships in Stockholm in 1958 .
At the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 , she was the favorite in the long jump, but could only achieve a ninth place. She missed the bronze medal in the 80-meter hurdles by just a tenth of a second in 11.1 seconds.
At the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo , Japan , Rand won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay along with her teammates Janet Simpson , Daphne Arden and Dorothy Hyman . She won silver in the pentathlon between Irina Press (gold) and Galina Bystrowa (bronze), who were competing for the Soviet Union . In the long jump she won the gold medal with the world record distance of 6.76 m in front of Irena Kirszenstein (silver) from Poland and Tatyana Schtschelkanowa (bronze) from Russia . She was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year , UK Sportsman of the Year , that same year .
In Kingston, Jamaica , at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1966 , she won the long jump with 6.36 m. A month later at the European Championships in Budapest in 1966 , she was fourth again in the pentathlon.
After the failure of her first marriage to the rower Sidney Rand, she married the American decathlete Bill Toomey in 1969 , divorced in 1992, married John Reese and now lives in the USA.
- 100-meter run : 11.7 s (1963)
- 200-meter run : 23.9 s (1967)
- High jump : 1.72 m (1964)
- Long jump : 6.76 m (1964)
- Peter Matthews, Ian Buchanan: The All-Time Greats of British and Irish Sport. Guinness, Enfield 1995, ISBN 0-85112-678-2 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Bignal, Mary; Toomey, Mary|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British athlete and Olympic champion|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 14, 1940|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wells , Somerset|