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Inese Jaunzeme

Full name: Inese Jaunzeme (-Goba)
Other name(s): Inesa Vilisovna Yaunzeme (-Goba), Инеса Вилисовна Яунземе (-Гоба)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: May 21, 1932 in Pļaviņas, Pļaviņu novads, Latvia
Died: February 13, 2011 in Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
Affiliations: Dinamo Rīga, Rīga (LAT)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In 1956, Inese Jaunzeme became the first Latvian to win an Olympic gold medal. Before her triumph at the 1956 Olympics, Jaunzeme was virtually unknown, her only title of note before the 1956 Olympics was as 1952 Latvian SSR champion, a title she won three more times in 1956, 1958, 1960. In 1956, Jaunzeme won her only medal, a bronze, at the Soviet Championships and was selected to the 1956 Soviet Olympic team. At the 1956 Olympics, Jaunzeme bettered 50 metres for the first time and established herself as the leader in the first round (51.63) and later bettered her mark by over two metres, winning with 53.86, although her first-round mark would have been good for gold. In 1957, Jaunzeme won gold at the World Student Games held in Moscow and was second at the 1957 Universiade. In 1956 and 1957, Januzeme was also selected as the best Latvian athlete of the year. In 1960, Jaunzeme graduated the Riga Medical Institute with a MD degree and retired from athletics. At first she worked as a surgeon and since 1970 she was an orthopaedics professor at her alma mater. Since 1999 until her death in 2011, Jaunzeme also was the president of the Latvian Olympians Association.

Personal Best: JT – 55.73 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 53.86
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 1 OR 51.63
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 1 46.62 51.63
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 50.46 51.63
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 OR 53.40 53.40
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 49.08 53.40
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP OR 53.86
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 6 QU 46.19
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 6 46.19
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 6 pass 46.19
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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