Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 4, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 1936
Format: Final only.
Between 1932 and 1934 Poland’s [Jadwiga Wajs] had bettered the world record 10 times, with five ratified marks, and in 1934 she won the FSFI Women’s World Games. But German [Gisela Mauermayer] had moved to the fore in 1935, bettering Wajs’s world record 11 times in 1935-36, five of them ratified. Wajs took the lead in round one with 44.69 (146-7½) but Mauermayer secured the gold medal with her first round toss of 47.64 (156-3¾). Wajs improved to 46.22 (151-7¾) in round three and sealed the silver medal. Mauermayer was hailed by the Nazis as a perfect example of an Aryan women. She gave a Nazi salute on the victory podium and later achieved a high-ranking in Nazi women’s groups. But after World War II, she lost her teaching job because of her Nazi background, although she later became a librarian. The 1932 champion, [Lillian Copeland], was Jewish and personally boycotted the 1936 Olympics to protest the Nazis not allowing Jews to compete on their Olympic team.
|8||Gertrude Wilhelmsen||23||United States||USA||34.43|
|9||Helen Stephens||18||United States||USA||34.33|
|18||Evelyn Ferrara||26||United States||USA||32.52|