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Yvette Williams

Full name: Yvette Winifred Williams (-Corlett)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" (176 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: April 25, 1929 in Caversham, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Affiliations: Otago
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Yvette Williams was one of the greatest athletes produced by New Zealand and one of the most versatile. She won the long jump and was second in the javelin at the 1950 Empire Games in Auckland and two years later became the first female New Zealander to win an Olympic title when she won the long jump at the Games in Helsinki. She was also 10th in the discus and sixth in the shot put in Helsinki. At the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver, Williams won the shot put, discus and long jump, won a silver in the javelin throw, and was sixth in the 80 metres hurdles. Williams had also set a world record (6.28 metres) for the long jump earlier that year in Gisborne. She also played basketball for New Zealand. In the centenary year of Athletics New Zealand in 1987, she was named "Athlete of the Century". A brother, Roy, won the decathlon at the 1966 British Empire Games.

Personal Bests: LJ – 6.285 (1954); SP – 13.955 (1954); DT – 47.85 (1954).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics Women's Long Jump New Zealand NZL 1 Gold OR
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics Women's Shot Put New Zealand NZL 6
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics Women's Discus Throw New Zealand NZL 10

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round 1 OR 6.24
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round One NP foul
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Two NP foul NM
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Three NP 5.90 5.90
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Four 1 OR 6.24 6.24
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Five 1 6.11 6.24
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Six NP 5.99
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 6.16
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Group B 1 6.16
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Group B Round 1 1 6.16
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Group B Round 2 1 6.16 pass
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Group B Round 3 DNS pass

Women's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round 6 13.35
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round One 9 12.27
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Two 13 11.54 12.27
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Three 6 13.35 13.35
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Four 6 12.68 13.35
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Five 6 12.28 13.35
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Six NP 11.73
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round 10 QU 12.64
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Round 1 16 11.26
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Round 2 8 12.64 12.64
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Round 3 DNS pass

Women's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round 10 40.48
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round One 6 40.48
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Two 7 32.95 40.48
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Final Round Round Three 10 40.38 40.48
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round 4 QU 41.32
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Round 1 AC foul
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Round 2 4 41.32 41.32
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics New Zealand Qualifying Round Round 3 DNS pass