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Tamara Press

Full name: Tamara Natanovna Press
Original name: Тамара Натановна Пресс
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Born: May 10, 1937 in Kharkiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Affiliations: Trud Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Sister of Irina Press.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Along with her sister Irina, Tamara Press was a dominant force in women's track & field athletics in the early 1960s. While Irina competed in a lot of different events (sprints, hurdling, jumps, weight throwing and pentathlon), Tamara was mainly known as a weight thrower. Tamara made her international début at the 1958 European Championships, where she won the discus title and bronze in the shot. Next Tamara competed at the 1960 Olympics, where she won gold in shot put, but was upset by her compatriot Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova in the discus and had to settle for a silver medal. At the 1962 European Championships, Press won both the shot and discus titles and she repeated that feat at the 1964 Olympics. Press was also the World University Games discus champion in 1961 and 1963. Domestically, Press won 16 Soviet titles, nine shot (1958-66) and seven discus (1960-66). During her career, Press also set 11 world records – five in the shot put (17.25/1959, 17.42/17.78/1960, 18.55/1962, 18.59/1965) and six in the discus (57.15/1960, 57.43/58.06/58.98/1961, 59.29/1963, 59.70/1965). Both Press sisters retired from athletics in 1966, coinciding with the introduction of required gender verification in track and field. This led to widespread – yet never proven – rumors regarding Press's gender. After finishing her sporting career, Tamara Press has worked as an athletics coach and official in Moscow.

Personal Bests: SP – 18.59 (1965); DT – 59.70 (1965).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Women's Shot Put Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Women's Discus Throw Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Women's Shot Put Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Women's Discus Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR

Women's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 17.32
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 3 16.08
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 1 OR 17.32 17.32
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 16.40 17.32
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 16.19 17.32
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 16.20 17.32
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 16.14
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 3 QU 16.00
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 14 13.23
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 3 16.00 16.00
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 18.14
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 1 OR 17.51
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 1 OR 17.72 17.72
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 17.18 17.72
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 16.49 17.72
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 foul 17.72
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP OR 18.14
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1 QU 16.57
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 1 16.57
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 1 pass 16.57
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass

Women's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2 52.59
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 2 51.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 3 46.82 51.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 3 foul 51.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 3 50.92 51.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 3 foul 51.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 52.59
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 3 QU 51.47
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 3 51.47
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 3 pass 51.47
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 57.27
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One NP foul
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 4 55.38 55.38
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 4 50.58 55.38
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 4 55.23 55.38
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 OR 57.27 57.27
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 56.08
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 13 QU 50.28
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 5 50.28
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 11 pass 50.28
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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