Elizabeth Joyce “Joy” Grieveson

Elizabeth Joyce “Joy” Grieveson was born on 31st October 1941 in Darlington. Joy won the silver medal in the women’s 400 metres at the 1962 European Athletics Chanmpionship in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, having taken a week’s leave from work to compete. She came in behind Maria Itkina of the Soviet Union and ahead of Tily van der Made of the Netherlands.

She also represented Great Britain in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and was one of the favourites, but a hamstring injury hampered her chances and she only reached the semi-final. She retired from athletics after the 1966 Commonwealth Games and later married Darlington F.C footballer Stan Watson.




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