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Pat CROPPER - Great Britain & N.I. - International 800 metres career for Greta Britain.

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Date: 25 August 1973

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      Wednesday, 15 September 1943
      Leicester, England.
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Pat CROPPER - Great Britain & N.I. - International 800 metres career for Greta Britain.

Pat Cropper (nee Lowe) is pictured competing for Great Britain, against Hungary, at the Crystal Palace

National Sports Centre. She married  athlete Dave Cropper - the 1969 AAA's 800m champion and fellow

Olympic athlete.

In 1974, her sporting efforts were honoured when she was awarded the MBE.

She trained as a teacher at the Chelsea College of Physical Education in Eastbourne and later she became

a recreation centre manager, in Solihull. She was also a county hockey player.

International Championships

Women's 880yds. Final

1966 Commonwealth Games

1. Abigail HOFFMAN   CAN   2.04.3
2. Judy POLLOCK   AUS   2.04.5
3. Anne SMITH   ENG   2.05.0
4. Rosemary STIRLING   SCO   2.05.4
5. Pat LOWE   ENG   2.05.8
6. Marise STEPHEN   NZL   2.05.9



Women's 800m. Final

1968 Olympic Games

1. Madeleine MANNING   USA   2: 00.9
2. Ileana SILAI   ROM   2: 02.5
3. Maria GOMMERS   HOL   2: 02.6
4. Sheila TAYLOR   GBR   2: 03.8
5. Doris BROWN   USA   2: 03.9
6. Pat LOWE   GBR   2: 04.2
7. Abigail HOFFMAN   CAN   2: 06.8
8. Maryvonne DUPUREUR   FRA   2: 08.2



Women's 800m. Final.

1969 European Championships

1. Lillian BOARD   GBR   2.01.4
2. Anneliese Damm OLESEN   DEN   2.02.6
3. Vera NIKOLIC   YUG   2.02.6
4. Barbara WIECK   GDR   2.02.7
5. Ileana SILAI   ROM   2.03.0
6. Pat LOWE   GBR   2.03.4



Women's 800m. Final

1970 Commonwealth Games

1. Rosemary STIRLING   SCO   2.06.2
2. Pat LOWE   ENG   2.06.2
3. Cheryl PEASLEY   AUS   2.06.3
4. Gloria DOURASS   WAL   2.08.6
5. Sylvia POTTS   NZL   2.09.7
6. Penny WERTHNER   CAN   2.10.0



Women's 800m. Final.

1971 European Championships

1. Vera NIKOLIC   YUG   2.00.0
2. Pat LOWE   GBR   2.01.7
3. Rosemary STIRLING   GBR   2.02.1
4. Danuta WIERZBOWSKA   POL   2.04.2
5. Gisela ELLENBERGER   FRG   2.05.1



Women's 4x400m. Relay Final. European Athletics Championships 1969
1. GBR (R. Stirling, P. Lowe, J. Simpson, L. Board) 3.30.8
2. France (B. Martin, N. Duclos, E. Jacq, C. Besson) 3.30.8
3. FRG (C. Czekay, A. Gleichfeld, I. Eckhoff, C. Frese) 3.32.7


Pat Cropper (Lowe) was one of Europe's top female 800 metre runners between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, as well as being a fine performer in the 4x400m relay. Her first appearance in a major international championship came at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, where, representing England, she reached the final of the 800m, finishing a very creditable 5th in a time of 2: 05.8. She followed this up two years later by reaching the 800m final at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, placing a commendable 6th (2: 04.25). Victory in the 800m (2.03.3) at the Women's AAA championships in July 1969 helped secure Pat's place at that year's European Championships in Athens, where she finished 6th (2.03.4) in the 800m final won by her compatriot, Lillian Board (2.01.4). However, Lowe gained ample consolation by being part of the Great Britain squad (along with Board, Rosemary Stirling and Janet Simpson) that won gold in the 4x400m relay. Running the second leg in the final, Pat clocked 52.1 (the joint fastest time of the British quartette), helping not only to win the title but also to set a new world record (3.30.8).


She claimed her first individual medal at international level at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, taking 800m silver for England after being edged out in the final by Rosemary Stirling (Scotland), both women recording the same time of 2.06.2. At the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki, Lowe won another silver medal, placing an excellent second in the 800m final (2.01.7) and being beaten only by Vera Nikolic of Yugoslavia, the then world record holder in the event. Running under her married name of Cropper in the 1972 season (husband Dave had been the AAA 800m champion in 1969), Pat finished runner-up (2.03.68) to Ireland's Mary Tracey in the 800m final at the Women's AAA Championships, a result that helped gain her selection for the Great Britain team at that year's Munich Olympics. Here she was eliminated after placing 4th in her heat (2.03.55), bringing an end to an impressive run of five successive appearances in international 800m finals. Her last appearance at a major international championship came at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she was eliminated in the heats after finishing 6th (2.08.74). (Martin Greensill)


UK Internationals: 28 (1966-73)

National Championships

Won WAAA 800m 1969.

Personal bests

300m 39.1 (1969), 400m 54.6 (1969), 800m 2:01.66 (1971)

Indoors: 600m 1:33.6 (1971)