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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 15, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964

Gold: ROU Iolanda Balaş
Silver: AUS Michele Mason-Brown
Bronze: URS Taisiya Chenchik

Summary

It was considered that Romania’s Iolanda Balaş could only lose by injury, as she was the most dominant high jumper ever, male or female. She was in the midst of an 11½-year winning streak, extending from the Melbourne Olympics thru June 1967, which encompassed a 140 match winning streak. She had set the last 12 world records, and held the global mark in 1964 with 1.91 metres (6-3¼), and had won the 1958 and 1962 European Championships. Michele Mason-Brown (AUS) finished second in Tokyo with 1.80 (5-10¾), but Balaş would clear that height, and then 1.82 (5-11½), 1.86 (6-1¼), and 1.90 (6-2¾) metres to win the gold medal. Two weeks after the Tokyo Olympics, Mason-Brown would become the second woman to jump over six feet.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Iolanda Balaş 27 Romania ROU Gold OR
2 Michele Mason-Brown 25 Australia AUS Silver
3 Taisiya Chenchik 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Aída dos Santos 27 Brazil BRA
5 Dianne Gerace 20 Canada CAN
6 Frances Slaap 23 Great Britain GBR
7 Olga Gere-Pulić 22 Yugoslavia YUG
8 Eleanor Montgomery 17 United States USA
9 Karin Rüger-Schulze 20 Germany GER
10 Jarosława Jóźwiakowska-Bieda 27 Poland POL
11 Robyn Woodhouse 21 Australia AUS
12 Gerda Kupferschmied 22 Germany GER
13 Leena Kaarna 24 Finland FIN
AC r2/2 Ulla Flegel 24 Austria AUT
AC r2/2 Terri Brown 17 United States USA
16T QR Gwenda Matthews 20 Great Britain GBR
16T QR Galina Kostenko 26 Soviet Union URS
18 QR Amelia Okoli 23 Nigeria NGR
19T QR Michal Lamdani 19 Israel ISR
19T QR Estelle Baskerville 17 United States USA
21 QR Liese Sykora-Prokop 23 Austria AUT
22 QR Linda Knowles 18 Great Britain GBR
23 QR Mitsuko Torii 21 Japan JPN
24 QR Lolita Lagrosas 26 Philippines PHI
AC QR Nazli Bayat Makou 19 Iran IRI
AC QR Tipapan Leenasen 21 Thailand THA