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Lillian Board

(1948-1970), Sprinter; Olympian

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Athlete; Born in Durban, South Africa, Board moved to England in 1950. She became a member of the London Olympiades Athletics Club aged only twelve. Board was trained by her father, and after a string of successes in the 400 metres, including setting a new European record, she was dubbed the 'Golden Girl' by the British press. At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics she won silver in the 400 metres, recording a British record time of 52.12 seconds and became something of a national icon. Her last competition was the 1969 European Championships, where she won gold for the 800 metres and the 4 x 400 metres relay. Board was awarded an MBE in 1970 for her contribution to sport. Her tragic early death from intestinal cancer at the the age of twenty-two was a heavy blow for women's athletics in Britain.

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Lillian Board, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG P1044

Lillian Board

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print, April 1970
NPG P1044

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