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Object Name: Medal
Date: 1949
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Medium: Bronze-colored metal, ribbon
Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 7.9 x 3.2 cm ) Part (Medal): 1 5/8 × 1 1/8 in. (4.1 × 2.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Athletic bronze medal with rectangular medal suspended from red, white and blue striped ribbon with pin back; image of a bust of Hermes wearing a helmet with wings and the shield of the AAU on obverse; inscribed "MET. ASS'N ATLETES DEVELOPMENT AAU" on obverse; ingraved "440 YD. RELAY HDCP. '49"
Credit Line: Gift of Dolores Dwyer Duffy, Olympian
Object Number: 2003.67.5
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Marks: stamped: on obverse "DIEGES & CLUST NEW YORK"

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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.