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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 27, 1956
Date Finished: November 27, 1956

Gold: POL Elżbieta Krzesińska-Duńska
Silver: USA Willye White
Bronze: URS Nadezhda Khnik'ina-Dvalishvili

Summary

Elżbieta Krzesińska (POL) had finished third at the 1954 European Championships. In Melbourne she took the lead in round one with 6.20 (20-4¼), and broke the world record in round two with 6.35 (20-10), winning easily. America's Willye White went 6.06 (19-10¾) in the third round to move into second. But in round five, Nadezhda Dvalishvili jumped 6.07 (19-11) to take over second spot, only to see White take back the silver medal in the final round with 6.09 (19-11¾).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Elżbieta Krzesińska-Duńska 22 Poland POL Gold
2 Willye White 16 United States USA Silver
3 Nadezhda Khnik'ina-Dvalishvili 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Erika Fisch 22 Germany GER
5 Marthe Lambert 20 France FRA
6 Valentina Shaprunova 19 Soviet Union URS
7 Beverly Weigel 16 New Zealand NZL
8 Nancy Borwick 21 Australia AUS
9 Maria Kusion-Bibro 20 Poland POL
10 Helga Hoffmann 19 Germany GER
11 Olga Gyarmati 32 Hungary HUN
12 Genowefa Minicka 30 Poland POL
13 QR Yoshie Takahashi 24 Japan JPN
14 QR Erica Willis 22 Australia AUS
15 QR Thelma Hopkins 20 Great Britain GBR
16 QR Margaret Johnson 19 Australia AUS
17 QR Dorothy Kozak 24 Canada CAN
18 QR Margaret Matthews 21 United States USA
19 QR Sheila Hoskin 20 Great Britain GBR