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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's Shot Put

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 20, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968
Format: Final only.

Gold: GDR Margitta Helmbold-Gummel
Silver: GDR Marita Lange
Bronze: URS Nadezhda Chizhova

Summary

In 1966 Nadezhda Chizhova (URS) won the European Championships over second-placed Margitta Gummel-Helmbold (GDR) and her teammate, Marita Lange. Earlier in 1968 Chizhova and Gummel broke the world record, first Chizhova in April with 18.67 (61-3), followed by Gummel in late September with 18.87 (61-11). In Ciudad de México, Chizhova was off form and though she won a bronze medal, never contended for the gold. Marita Lange led in round one with 18.78 (61-7½) and held that until Gummel threw a world record 19.07 (62-6¾) in round three. That settled first and second but Gummel had a stunner in round five, throwing 19.61 (64-4) for a huge world record. The medals were the same as at the 1966 Europeans and the three would repeat that in 1969, with the same order as in 1966, Chizhova winning.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Margitta Helmbold-Gummel 27 East Germany GDR Gold 19.61 WR
2 Marita Lange 25 East Germany GDR Silver 18.78 OR
3 Nadezhda Chizhova 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze 18.19
4 Judit Bognár 29 Hungary HUN 17.78
5 Renate Boy-Garisch-Culmberger 29 East Germany GDR 17.72
6 Ivanka Khristova 26 Bulgaria BUL 17.25
7 Marlene Fuchs 26 West Germany FRG 17.11
8 Els van Noorduyn 22 Netherlands NED 16.23
9 Irina Solontsova-Kudryavtseva 31 Soviet Union URS 15.88
10 Gertrud Schäfer 23 West Germany FRG 15.26
11 Maren Seidler 17 United States USA 14.86
12 Rosa Molina 22 Chile CHI 12.85
13 Baeg Ok-Ja 18 South Korea KOR 12.67
14 Rosario Martínez 20 El Salvador ESA 10.18