Dr. Glenda Reiser


Athlete : Track and Field
Year Inducted: 1988
Date of Birth: June 16th, 1955
Born in: Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Glenda Reiser (deceased) was a member of the Ottawa Kinsmen Harriers. She switched from swimming to track and field aged 15. She then progressed very rapidly in the sport and excelled as a junior, running the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 15.9 seconds. She competed in the inaugural women’s 1500 metre Olympic event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, where she finished second in her heat with a time of 4 minutes 6.7 seconds to Lyudmila Bragina who broke the world record.

Reiser’s time was a World Junior Record. She was then eliminated in the semifinals. On September 15, 1973 Glenda broke the world record for the women’s mile. At the summer Universiade held in Moscow in 1973, Glenda took home a silver medal in the 1500 metres.

She also took a silver medal in the 1,500 metres, and a bronze medal in the 800 metres at 1973 Pacific Conference Games in Toronto; where she had a tight finish with Mary Decker (USA) and Charlene Rendina (Aus), in which all 3 medalist finished within 1/10 of a second of one other.

She was the three time Canadian 1500-metre champion, won a gold medal at the distance at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand breaking the games record twice along the way.

Glenda still holds the Canadian Junior records at 800 meters, 1,000 metres, 1,500 metres, and the mile… some 40 years after setting the records.

She died aged 52 after a long illness.