A double Olympic silver medallist who competed in front of Hitler aged just 16 has died at the age of 94.

Dorothy Tyler from Sanderstead was awarded with an MBE in 2002 in recognition of her achievements as an athlete, winning the High Jump silver medal at the 1936 and 1948 Olympic Games.

Competing as a 16-year-old in the Munich Olympics, she went on to be the only female athlete to compete in Olympics pre and post war.

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Completing a scissor jump

Learning her craft at Mitcham Athletics Club as a school girl, she quickly showed signs of her prodigious talent, and using the pre-fosbury flop technique of the scissor jump, clearing 1.60 metres in 1935, only 5cm off the world record.

Although denied Olympic gold, she went onto break the world record in May 1939 with a height of 1.66m.

She was chosen to begin the London Marathon in 2012.

Mrs Tyler died on Thursday after a long illness.