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Elvīra Ozoliņa

Full name: Elvīra Ozoliņa (-Lūse)
Other name(s): Elvira Anatolyevna Ozolina (-Luse), Эльвира Анатольевна Озолина (-Лусе)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: October 8, 1939 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife of Jānis Lūsis; Mother of Voldemārs Lūsis.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Elvīra Ozoliŋa was the top female javelin thrower in the early 1960s, when she set three world records – 57.92 and 59.55 in 1960, and 59.78 in 1963 – and she was also the first woman to threw the javelin over 60 metres, when she threw 61.38 at the 1964 Soviet Championships (the first women’s throw over 200 feet), but this mark was never ratified as a world record by the IAAF. Ozoliŋa won Olympic gold in 1960 and was heavily favored at the 1964 Olympics, but finished only fifth, which left her so disappointed that she had all her hair shaved off by a Japanese hairdresser.

Ozoliŋa was the 1962 European Champion and also competed at the 1966 European Championships (5th) and 1971 European Championships (12th). She won the Summer Universiade gold in 1959 and silver in 1963 and was the Soviet Champion in 1961-62, 1964, 1966, and 1973. In 1969 Ozoliŋa married another Soviet-Latvian javelin thrower Jānis Lūsis, who won the Olympic gold in 1968 (and four European titles) and their son Voldemārs Lūsis also became a javelin thrower, participating at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

Personal Best\: JT – 63.96 (1973).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Soviet Union URS 5

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 55.98
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 1 OR 55.98
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 1 foul 55.98
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 51.54 55.98
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 54.80 55.98
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 foul 55.98
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP foul
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1 QU 53.25
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 1 53.25
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 1 pass 53.25
1960 Summer 20 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5 54.81
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 3 54.68
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 4 54.81 54.81
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 4 foul 54.81
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 4 foul 54.81
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 5 foul 54.81
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP foul
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2 QU 56.38
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 2 56.38
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 2 pass 56.38
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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