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Object Name: Medal
Date: 1953
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Medium: Gold-colored metal, ribbon
Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. ( 8.9 x 4.4 cm ) Part (Medal): 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Athletic gold medal with circular medal suspended from red, white and blue striped ribbon with pin back; image of a woman in a tunic with laurels in both hands seated on two shields on obverse, ring of garland on reverse; inscribed "CHAMPIONSHIP" on pin; engraved "METROPOLITAN ASSOCIATION OF THE AAU" on obverse; engraved "PENTAHLON '53" on reverse
Credit Line: Gift of Dolores Dwyer Duffy, Olympian
Object Number: 2003.67.11
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Marks: small white tag attached: hand written "1ST PLACE PENATHALON VICTORY FIELD QUEENS N.Y.C." on obverse "5 EVENTS BROAD JUMP JAVELIN 200 MTR RUN 60 METER"

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This medal is one of many won by track athlete Dolores Dwyer (b. 1932) of New York City. Ms. Dwyer began her running career in 1946 when she entered a children's track meet in Central Park sponsored by the Parks Department. She trained with the German-American Athletic Club in Brooklyn from 1947 to 1953 and competed in many national championships, setting several records. She represented the U.S. in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.