GB's most decorated female Olympic high jumper Tyler dies

27 September 2014 / 12:24

Great Britain’s first female individual athletics Olympic medallist and most decorated female Games high jumper Dorothy Tyler has died aged 94.

Tyler, competing under her maiden name of Dorothy Obam, won silver in the high jump aged just 16 years at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, clearing 1.60m.

It would be the first of four Games appearances for Tyler who was the only British woman to win an Olympic medal both before and after World War II.

Her second silver came in her home Games in London in 1948, by which time she had married, had two children and been involved in World War II driving official vehicles.

Tyler, who claimed her first major international gold at the 1938 Empire Games in Sydney, broke the world record 12 later when she cleared 1.66m.

She retained her Empire Games title in Auckland in 1950 at the age of 30 before retiring from international competition after the 1956 Olympics.

Tyler was made an MBE at the age of 81 before being inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

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