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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


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.

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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