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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Shot Put

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: November 30, 1956

Gold: URS Tamara Tyshkevich
Silver: URS Galina Zybina
Bronze: GER Marianne Werner
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Defending champion Galina Zybina had been dominant since Helsinki, breaking the world record 12 times. She had also won the 1954 European Championships. She took the lead in round one with 16.35 (53-7¾) and improved that in rounds five and six. But in round six, Tamara Tyshkevich recorded her personal best with 16.59 (54-5¼) to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tamara Tyshkevich 25 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Galina Zybina 25 Soviet Union URS Silver OR
3 Marianne Werner 32 Germany GER Bronze OR
4 Zinaida Doynikova 22 Soviet Union URS
5 Valerie Sloper-Young 19 New Zealand NZL
6 Earlene Brown 21 United States USA
7 Regina Branner 25 Austria AUT
8 Nada Kotlušek 22 Yugoslavia YUG
9 Milena Usenik 22 Yugoslavia YUG
10 Jackie MacDonald 24 Canada CAN
11 Johanna Hübner-Lüttge 20 Germany GER
12 Anne-Chatrine Lafrenz 20 Germany GER
13 Valerie Lawrence 20 Australia AUS
14 Lois Testa 20 United States USA
15 Suzanne Farmer-Allday 21 Great Britain GBR
16 QR Paula Deubel 21 United States USA
17 QR Marg Woodlock Australia AUS
18 QR Mary Breen 23 Australia AUS