Full Name: June Florence Foulds. (Later, Mrs Paul)
Date of Birth: 13 June 1934.
Club: Spartan Ladies.
June Foulds was only 16 years and 75 days when she created history at the European Championships by becoming, and remaining, the youngest athlete to win a gold medal. It arrived in the 4 x 100m relay - and what a story there was to it.
Mum’s Not The Word
After her sweeping, four-gold medal glory at the Olympic Games in London in 1948, there was no bigger name in world athletics than Dutch housewife and mother Fanny Blankers-Koen and two years later, at the Europeans in Belgium, she won the 100m in style. Blankers-Koen, 32, triumphed in 11.7 from Yevgeniya Sechenova, of the Soviet Union, with Foulds, who was young enough to be her daughter, third in 12.4. Blankers-Koen was on course to repeat her four Olympic victories, when she added the 200m and 80m hurdles titles, but it was Britain who stopped her in the relay. Even though both countries were given the same time of 47.4, the British team won gold, with the Soviet Union third in 47.5, and thus Foulds had her place in the European athletics history by being the youngest champion.
Foulds set four British records at 100y from 11.0 in 1950 to 10.8 in 1956, two at 100m , 11.9 in 1952 and 11.6 in 1956, but in the 4 x 110y relay. In 1956, she won an Olympic silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay along with Heather Armitage, Anne Pashley and Jean Scrivens.
Foulds entered the world record books for England on July 26 at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. Now June Paul, having married British Olympic fencer Raymond Paul, she ran the third leg of the 4 x 110y relay, combining with Madeleine Weston, Dorothy Hyman and Heather Young to take gold in 45.3, an all-time best performance, as they beat Australia, second in 46.12, with Canada third in 47.21. Even by then she was only 24, and what an eight years it had been.
1950: 3rd 100m, 1st 4x100m Europeans
1952: qf 100m, 3rd 4x100m Olympics
1956: sf 100m, 5th 200m, 2nd 4x100m Olympics
1958: 5th 100y, 4th 220y, 1st 4x110y Commonwealth Games; dnf 200m Europeans
UK Internationals: 15 (1950-8)
Won WAAA 100m/y 1950-1, 1956; 220y 1956.
100y 10.7 (1958), 10.6w (1966); 100m 11.6, 11.5w (1956); 200m 23.7, 24.00 (1956)
Indoors: 60m 7.7 (1958)