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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 23, 1956

Gold: TCH Olga Fikotová-Connolly
Silver: URS Irina Beglyakova
Bronze: URS Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova

Summary

Nina Romashkova was the defending champion, the 1954 European Champion, and the favorite. Her teammate Irina Beglyakova had finished second to her at the 1954 Europeans and was expected to medal. The qualifying leader was Czechoslovak Olga Fikotová who took the lead in the final with 52.04 (170-9) in round three. But Beglyakova surpassed her later in the round with 52.54 (172-4½). Fikotová regained the lead and won the gold medal with her fifth round throw of 53.69 (176-1¾), Beglyakova holding on for the silver. Romashkova never really factored for the gold but won the bronze. Fikotová also made headlines during the Olympics because she began a much publicized East-West romance with American hammer thrower, Hal Connolly. Overcoming what was described as “mountains of red tape” they fell in love and were married in Praha three months after the Olympics, with Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek serving as best man. Connolly and Fikotová divorced in 1973. Fikotová-Connolly would eventually compete in five Olympics, the next four representing the United States.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Olga Fikotová-Connolly 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold OR
2 Irina Beglyakova 23 Soviet Union URS Silver OR
3 Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Earlene Brown 21 United States USA
5 Albina Yelkina 23 Soviet Union URS
6 Isabel Avellán 23 Argentina ARG
7 Jiřina Němcová-Vobořilová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Štěpánka Mertová 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Lia Manoliu 24 Romania ROU
10 Marianne Werner 32 Germany GER
11 Paola Paternoster 20 Italy ITA
12 Nada Kotlušek 22 Yugoslavia YUG
13 Lois Jackman 18 Australia AUS
14 QR Suzanne Farmer-Allday 21 Great Britain GBR
15 QR Anne-Cathrine Lafrenz 20 Germany GER
16 QR Ko Nakamura-Yoshino 36 Japan JPN
17 QR Shirley Cotton 22 Australia AUS
18 QR Pam Kurrell 17 United States USA
19 QR Jackie MacDonald 24 Canada CAN
20 QR Marjorie Larney 19 United States USA
21 QR Valerie Lawrence 20 Australia AUS
22 QR Almut Brömmel 21 Germany GER