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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's Pentathlon

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964
Format: Scoring by 1962 point tables.

Gold: URS Irina Press
Silver: GBR Mary Bignal-Rand
Bronze: URS Galina Bystrova

Summary

Irina Press had set her first world record in the pentathlon in 1959, but had had to wait until 1964 for this to become an Olympic event for women. She was highly versatile as she competed in the 80 metre hurdles and sprint relay at the 1960 Olympics and in 1964, competed in the hurdles and shot put, in addition to the pentathlon. Since 1959 she had set seven world records in the pentathlon and was the heavy favorite. The previous world record holder was Galina Bystrova (URS), who had been European Champion in 1958 and 1962. They were challenged by Britain’s Mary Rand, who two days before had won the long jump gold medal. After the first day, Press had a big lead on Bystrova, with Rand third. Though Rand made big efforts in the high jump and long jump, she could not catch Press, who won the first women’s pentathlon gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1962HT)
1 Irina Press 25 Soviet Union URS Gold 5,246 WR
2 Mary Bignal-Rand 24 Great Britain GBR Silver 5,035
3 Galina Bystrova 30 Soviet Union URS Bronze 4,956
4 Mary Peters 25 Great Britain GBR 4,797
5 Draga Stamejčič 27 Yugoslavia YUG 4,790
6 Helga Hoffmann 27 Germany GER 4,737
7 Pat Daniels-Winslow 21 United States USA 4,724
8 Ingrid Mickler-Becker 22 Germany GER 4,717
9 Nina Hansen 22 Denmark DEN 4,611
10 Mariya Sizyakova 29 Soviet Union URS 4,580
11 Helen Frith 25 Australia AUS 4,557
12 Denise Laborie-Guénard 30 France FRA 4,548
13 Jenny Wingerson-Meldrum 21 Canada CAN 4,514
14 Lia Hinten 22 Netherlands NED 4,466
15 Dianne Gerace 20 Canada CAN 4,445
16 Oddrun Hokland 21 Norway NOR 4,429
17 Chi Cheng 20 Chinese Taipei TPE 4,229
18 Miyuki Takahashi 18 Japan JPN 3,914
19 Lee Hak-Ja 23 South Korea KOR 3,649
AC Ulla Flegel 24 Austria AUT DNF