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Amelia Wershoven

Full name: Amelia Wershoven (-Wood, -Bert)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: December 11, 1930 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 7, 2013 in Mattituck, New York, United States
Affiliations: Queens Mercurettes, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Amelia Wershoven was a javelin thrower, who won a gold medal in the 1951 Pan American Games and two bronze medals in the Pan American Games, in 1955 and 1959 (as Amelia Wood). In the 1951 Pan American Games she also finished fifth in the shot put. She also represented the US several times in international dual meets. Wershoven was AAU Champion in 1953 with the javelin, and in 1955 in the baseball throw. It is with a baseball that she is probably best known, for setting a women's world record of 252-4½ (76.92) in August 1957, a record that likely still stands as the event is not held anymore. Wershoven competed for the Queen's Mercurettes.

Personal Bests: JT – 154-11 (47.22) (1958); Baseball Throw – 252-4½ (76.92) (1957).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics Women's Javelin Throw United States USA 14

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 14 44.29
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round One 9 44.29
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 12 40.45 44.29
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 14 32.59 44.29
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 11 QU 44.39
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 9 44.39
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 10 pass 44.39
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass