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Lillian Barbara Board

  • Birth 13 Dec 1948 Durban, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Death 26 Dec 1970 Munich (München), Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Burial Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 6871690

British Olympic Medalist. She won the Silver Medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City for running the 400 meters and two gold medals at the 1969 European Championships in Athletics in Athens setting a world record of 3 minutes 30.8 seconds in the 4x400m. Thinking that she can a stomach virus, she continued to run races as her health declined rapidly in months. A promising career was cut short in 1970 when she was diagnosed the colorectal cancer that would claim her life just after her 22nd birthday. She had a twin sister, Irene. In her memory an avenue bearing her name in Munich, Germany leads to the Olympic Stadium. A biography entitled simply "Lillian" was published by her fiancé, David Emery, in 1971.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: David Conway
  • Added: 23 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6871690
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lillian Barbara Board (13 Dec 1948–26 Dec 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6871690, citing Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .