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Avis McIntosh

Avis McIntoshBiography, New Zealand hurdler

New Zealand hurdler
Avis McIntosh
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Intro New Zealand hurdler
Is Runner Athlete Hurdler Sprinter
From New Zealand
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 19 May 1938, Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand
Age: 82 years
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Avis McIntosh (born 19 May 1938) is a former New Zealand sprinter.

She joined Lynndale Amateur Athletic and Harrier Club in the children's division in the 12- to 13-year-old age group. She also ran for Glen Eden, Waitemata and Owairaka Athletic Club. At Avondale College in 1953, she won the 100 yards senior girls when she was 14. From 1954 to 1956 Avis won the Auckland Championship two and-a-half mile cross country and the Hamilton road race. After winning her first New Zealand title in 1958, and not being selected for Cardiff's Empire Games, Avis was chosen to represent New Zealand from 1959 to 1965. In 1962, Avis was selected for the 7th British Empire and Commonwealth Games at Perth. She competed in the 80m hurdles and relay. Avis was first in the 80m hurdles heat, beating the world record holder in 10.8 sec, the new Commonwealth Games record. At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games she won the bronze medal in the women's 80 m hurdles. She also won a bronze medal as part of the women's 4 x 110 yards relay team. Her teammates in the relay were Nola Bond, Molly Cowan and Doreen Porter.

On 18 March 1964 at the Lovelock track in Auckland, Avis won the 80m hurdles in 10.7 sec. It was the fastest time ever by a New Zealand women's athlete.

At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Avis was third in the 80m hurdles heat in 10.8 sec. She was fifth in the semi-final in 10.9 sec and 10th fastest overall. In the 100 yards, Avis was fourth in her heat and sixth in the quarter final. This event no longer exists.

A very fine all-round athlete, her skills ranged from hurdling, running, jumping, cross-country and pentathlon. She won 24 Auckland titles including 10 straight in the 80m hurdles from 1956 to 1965. She also won the long jump five times, pentathlon three times and high jump, 75 yards and 100 yards once each.

When she was 40, Avis competed in the World Veteran Games and won the 80m hurdles and was second in the 100 yards. Avis has records for long jump, high jump, 100 metres, hammer, and discus all achieved at 50 years of age. She then went on to get the records for discus, high jump, hammer, javelin & long jump at 60 years old!

McIntosh competed at one Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 in the 100 metres and 80 metre hurdles.

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