Edith Robinson


Updated: 2023-04-15

New South Wales


Edith Frances Robinson was the first Australian female track & field athlete to compete at an Olympic Games when the 1928 Amsterdam Games was the first to feature women's athletics. She competed in the 100m and then was convinced to enter the 800m, an event she had never previously competed in, by her male Olympic colleagues.

Robinson won Australian Championships over 100 yards & 220 yards, and unofficially tied the 100 yards world record. She set Australian records from 100 yards to 440 yards during her career. As Australia's oldest living Olympian, she was awarded the honour of officially opening the Olympic Village for the 2000 Sydney Games.

Track ChampionshipsRoad ChampionshipsOff-Road Championships
1934-35 Australian 100 Yards
1934-35 Australian 220 Yards
1935-36 Australian 220 Yards
International CompetitionOlympic GamesCommonwealth Games
1928 Amsterdam
World RecordsAustralian RecordsState Records
* Records set en-route to longer distance.
^ Overseas performances not recognised as records before 1969.
# Best on record for Non-Record Events.


01/08/1928 Games of the IX Olympiad Women's 800m Heat 25Unknown    
30/07/1928 Games of the IX Olympiad Women's 100m Heat 12Unknown    
30/07/1928 Games of the IX Olympiad Women's 100m Semi Final 23Unknown    

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