A milestone meet

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Women have been competing in track and field at the Olympics since 1928, but international competition can be traced to 1922.

On this day in 1922 in Paris, women competed at an international track meet for the first time. Called the Women’s Olympic Games, the United States sent 13 athletes to compete against Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. The event was established because women were banned from competing in track at the 1920 Games. It wasn’t until the 1928 Games in Amsterdam that women competed in track and field events for the first time. At the 1922 Paris meet, the United States finished second to Great Britain. American Camille Sabie won the 100-yard hurdles in a world-record time of 14.4 seconds as well as the standing long jump. Teammate Lucile Godbold set a world record to win the shot put, which added the distances on throws using athletes’ left and right hands to determine the winner.