On This Date 9/2/1960

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American Wilma Rudolph becomes the World’s Fastest Woman after winning a Gold Medal in the 100m at the Rome Summer Olympics. Rudolph who survived polio as a child wins the event in a time of 11.18 as all six runners finish the race in under 12 seconds, with Dorothy Hyman of Britain taking the Silver Medal and Giuseppina Leone of Italy taking the Bronze Medal.