Dorothy Hyman was born on 9 May 1941 in Cudworth, Yorkshire. She is more commonly known as Dorothy.
Hyman is perhaps the best British female sprinter ever. Her widespread recognition started after she competed for Great Britain in the 1960 Summer Olympics that was held in Rome, Italy. She won the silver medal in the 100 meters event. This was followed by the bronze medal in the 200 meters. She also competed four years later in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where she considerably helped Great Britain achieve a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 m relay together with team mates Janet Simpson, Daphne Arden, and Mary Rand. She also earned individual medals of her own: a gold medal for the 100 meters and a silver for the 200 meters which were both parts of the 1962 European Championships held in Belgrade.
Commonwealth Games• 1958 (Cardiff); 4 x 100 y relay – gold• 1962 (Perth); 100 y – gold• 1962 (Perth); 4 x 100 y relay – silver European Championships• 1958 (Stockholm); 4 x 100 m relay – silver • 1962 (Belgrade); 100 m – gold • 1962 (Belgrade); 200 m – silver • 1962 (Belgrade); 4 x 100 m relay – bronze Olympic Games• 1960 (Rome); 100 m – silver • 1960 (Rome); 200 m – bronze • 1964 (Tokyo); 4 x 100 m relay – bronze
Hyman was indeed one of the greatest female sprinters in Britain. In fact, she has a stadium erected in her home town of Cudworth, Yorkshire near Barnsley that was named in her honor. She also became the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1963 which was then formally reigned by Anita Lonsbrough.