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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 27, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
Format: Final only.

Gold: RSA Esther Brand
Silver: GBR Sheila Lerwill
Bronze: URS Aleksandra Chudina

Summary

The favorite was Sheila Lerwill, who as Sheila Alexander, had won the 1950 European Championships, and in 1951 had broken the world record with 1.72 metres (5-7½) at the WAAA Championships. There were three jumpers left at 1.63 (5-4) – Lerwill, Esther Brand (RSA), and Aleksandra Chudina (URS) – and all three cleared that height, but Chudina took the lead with a first-attempt clearance. She went out at 1.65 (5-5), and Brand took the lead by clearing on her second attempt, Lerwill needing three jumps at that height. That decided the medals, although Brand also went over 1.67 (5-5¾), Lerwill missing that height.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal H
1 Esther Brand 29 South Africa RSA Gold 1.67
2 Sheila Lerwill 23 Great Britain GBR Silver 1.65
3 Aleksandra Chudina 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1.63
4 Thelma Hopkins 16 Great Britain GBR 1.58
5 Olga Modrachová 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1.58
6 Fedora Schenk 32 Austria AUT 1.58
7T Nina Kossova 17 Soviet Union URS 1.58
7T Dorothy Odam-Tyler 32 Great Britain GBR 1.58
9 Gunhild Larking 16 Sweden SWE 1.55
10 Alice Whitty 18 Canada CAN 1.55
11 Galina Ganeker 35 Soviet Union URS 1.55
12 Deyse de Castro 18 Brazil BRA 1.50
13 Dawn Josephs 20 Canada CAN 1.50
14 Solveig Ericsson 20 Sweden SWE 1.50
15 Seija Pöntinen 18 Finland FIN 1.50
16 Sisko Heikkilä 30 Finland FIN 1.40
17 Tamar Metal 18 Israel ISR 1.40