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Thorill Gylder

Thorill Gylder Norwegian female racewalker

Norwegian female racewalker
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Norwegian female racewalker
A.K.A. Torill Gylder
Is Athlete Racewalker
From Norway
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 5 May 1958
Age: 62 years
Star sign TaurusTaurus
The details

Thorill Gylder (born 5 May 1958) is a Norwegian female former racewalking athlete. A member of Vansjø/Svinndal IL sports club, she competed from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. She competed three times at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup and after a fourth-place finish in 1975 she took the 5 km walk bronze medal.

She broke several world records in walking during her career. She took the 20 kilometres walk world record with a time of 1:43:20 hours in 1978. This stood for nearly two years until it was beaten by Sue Cook. She twice broke the 10 km walk world record, setting a time of 48:40 minutes in 1978 before knocking over a minute off that with 47:24 minutes in 1979. Sue Cook was again the athlete to better Gylder's record, doing so in 1980. She also broke the 5000 metres race walk world record at Bislett Stadium in 1978.

Gylder gained her first international experiences at regional level. She was a minor medallist at junior level at the Nordic Race Walking Championships in 1973 and 1975, behind Sweden's Siv Gustavsson and Monica Karlsson. She took her first senior medal at the competition (a bronze) in 1975 behind Swedes Margareta Simu and Elisabeth Olsson –this made her only the second Norwegian to medal after 1971 winner Thorhild Sarpebakken. She also took a silver medal indoors in the 3000 m walk at the 1978 Nordic Indoor Race Walking Championships, with Simu again topping the podium.

Gylder was the dominant female walker nationally during her career, taking six consecutive 5000 metres race walk titles from 1975 to 1980 and seven straight titles in the 10 kilometres race walk discipline. Her victories followed on from those of her sister, Gerd Gylder, who was also an international walker for Norway.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1975 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Le Grand-Quevilly, France 4th 5 km walk 25:05
Nordic Race Walking Championships Odense, Denmark 3rd 5 km walk 25:34
1976 Nordic Indoor Race Walking Championships Östersund, Sweden 3rd 3000 m junior walk 15:21
1977 Nordic Race Walking Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 5 km walk 24:09
1978 Nordic Indoor Race Walking Championships Turku, Finland 2nd 3000 m walk 13:58.3
1979 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Eschborn, West Germany 3rd 5 km walk 23:08
Nordic Race Walking Championships Härnösand, Sweden 2nd 10,000 m walk 49:55
1981 IAAF World Race Walking Cup Valencia, Spain 5 km walk DNF

National titles

  • Norwegian Athletics Championships
    • 5000 m walk: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
    • 10 km walk: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
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