Ann Elizabeth Packer was born on 8 March 1942 in Moulsford, Oxfordshire in UK. She is more commonly known as Ann.
Ann Packer was a former British Olympic gold medalist who had mastered in three particular sports: sprint, hurdle, and long jump. She started her professional career when she was selected for the British team. She was in the Reading Athletic Club then. It was in 1962 Commonwealth Games where she won a silver medal when she was in the 4 x 100 meters team; and a bronze medal for the European Championships for that same year. The highlight of her career would be when she had won a gold medal in the 800 meters event at the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.
Commonwealth Games• 1962 (Perth); 4 x 110 y Relay – silver
European Championships• 1962 (Belgrade); 4 x 100 m Relay – Bronze
Olympic Games• 1964 (Tokyo); 400 m – silver• 1964 (Tokyo); 800 m – gold
Packer had hoped to win the gold for her favorite event – which was the 400 m – at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, she was defeated by Betty Cuthbert of Australia; even though she has set a new European record of 52.2 seconds. After winning a silver medal for the said event, Packer had no more intention of running the 800 m and spent her time on a shopping trip instead. She has learned that her fiancé Robbie Brightwell only finished fourth in the 400 meters. Her disappointment for her fiancé changed her mind and brought a new rush of energy and heat in the 800 meters – an event which she had ran only five times before.
Ann Packer then announced her retirement at the age of 22 after winning the gold for the said event. She was awarded the Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) together with Robbie Brightwell.