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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 23, 1952
Date Finished: July 23, 1952

Gold: NZL Yvette Williams
Silver: URS Aleksandra Chudina
Bronze: GBR Shirley Cawley

Summary

The world record was still held by the Dutchwoman Fanny Blankers-Koen with 6.25 (20-6¼). Though she was in Helsinki, she did not contest the long jump. In her absence the favorite was New Zealander Yvette Williams who had won the 1950 Commonwealth gold medal. The leader thru the first three rounds was Soviet Aleksandra Chudina, who leapt 5.99 (19-8) in the first round and had her best mark of 6.14 (20-1¾) in round two. In round four, Williams went 6.24 (20-5¾), an Olympic record, and the second longest jump ever. It secured her the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yvette Williams 23 New Zealand NZL Gold OR
2 Aleksandra Chudina 28 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Shirley Cawley 20 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Irmgard Schmelzer 31 Germany GER
5 Willy Lust 20 Netherlands NED
6 Nina Tyurkina 20 Soviet Union URS
7 Mabel Landry 19 United States USA
8 Verna Johnston 22 Australia AUS
9 Maire Österdahl 25 Finland FIN
10 Olga Gyarmati 27 Hungary HUN
11 Valentina Lituyeva 21 Soviet Union URS
12 Elżbieta Krzesińska-Duńska 17 Poland POL
13 Adriana Millard 25 Chile CHI
14 Elfriede von Nitzsch 32 Germany GER
15 Leni Hofknecht 23 Germany GER
16 Ayako Yoshikawa 19 Japan JPN
17 Dawn Josephs 20 Canada CAN
18 Gladys Erbetta 23 Argentina ARG
19 Constance Willoughby 22 Great Britain GBR
20 Greta Magnusson 23 Sweden SWE
21 Wanda dos Santos 20 Brazil BRA
22 Thelma Jones 20 Bermuda BER
23 Yvonne Chabot-Curtet 32 France FRA
24 Helena de Menezes 25 Brazil BRA
25 QR Ursel Finger 23 Saar SAA
26 QR Suzanne Glotin 18 France FRA
27 QR Lilián Buglia 18 Argentina ARG
28 QR Éliane Dudal 26 France FRA
29 QR Tamar Metal 18 Israel ISR
30 QR Gretel Bolliger 30 Switzerland SUI
31 QR Kathleen Russell 24 Jamaica JAM
32 QR Maria Piątkowska-Chojnacka-Ilwicka 21 Poland POL
33 QR Phyllis Lightbourn-Jones 23 Bermuda BER
AC QR Rosella Thorne 21 Canada CAN