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Full Name: Moyra Eileen Hiscox (Later Mrs Jones.)

Date of Birth: 21 April 1937.

Club: Spartan Ladies.


Career summary


Stepping Up To A World Record

Moyra ‘Molly’ Hiscox was known as a sprinter over the 100y and 220y distances, but on August 2, 1958, she broke the world record in the 440y in an invitation race in the match between Britain and the Commonwealth at the White City Stadium. Her time of 55.6 came with a brilliant run, and broke the mark of 56.1 which New Zealand’s Marise Chamberlain had set in Christchurch in March of the same year. It was the first time a British woman had held this honour in the IAAF era, and though her time was worth 55.3 for 400m, it was outside the world record of 53.6 held by Maria Itkina, of the Soviet Union.


Stockholm Medal

In 1958, the European Championships were held in Stockholm and it was the first time that the women’s 400m was included. Hiscox knew it would be tough with Itkina in the field - and so it proved. The Russian won gold in 53.7, followed by her teammate Jekaterina PARLUK, second in 54.8, with Hiscox third in 55.7. But in 1959, having held the British 400m with 55.1, Hiscox took the time to 54.0 in Helsinki.


International Championships

1958: sf 220y Commonwealth Games; 3rd 400m Europeans

UK Internationals: 8 (1957-9)

Personal bests

100y 11.1 (1960), 10.9wdh (1959), 220y 24.2 (1959), 400m 54.0 (1959)