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Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 20, 1952

Gold: URS Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova
Silver: URS Yelizaveta Bagryantseva
Bronze: URS Nino Dumbadze


In 1939, Soviet [Nino Dumbadze] had broken the world record set by 1936 champion [Gisela Mauermayer]. But as the USSR was not yet a member of the IAAF it was not recognized, nor were three other world record marks she set between 1939 and 1946. Finally, in 1948 Dumbadze set an IAAF-ratified world record but the Soviet Union did not compete at the 1948 Olympics. Still, Dumbadze was favored in 1952, having won the European Championships in both 1946 and 1950, but in 1952 she was challenged by teammate [Nina Romashkova]. Romashkova took the lead in the final with 50.84 (166-9¾) in the second round, and increased that with 51.42 (168-8½) in round three. That sealed the victory, as Dumbadze did not perform up to her standard, winning only a bronze medal behind fellow Soviet [Yelizaveta Bagryantseva]. This was the first ever medal sweep by a nation in women’s track & field athletics. Two months after the Olympics Dumbadze would set her final world record with 57.04 (187-1¾) at a national meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova 23 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Yelizaveta Bagryantseva 31 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Nino Dumbadze 33 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Ko Nakamura-Yoshino 32 Japan JPN
5 Lotte Haidegger 27 Austria AUT
6 Lia Manoliu 20 Romania ROU
7 Ingeborg Pfüller 20 Argentina ARG
8 Ilona Szikora-Józsá 34 Hungary HUN
9 Marianne Werner 28 Germany GER
10 Yvette Williams 23 New Zealand NZL
11 Kaarina Koivuniemi 20 Finland FIN
12 Ingeborg Mello 33 Argentina ARG
13 Libuše Nováková 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
14 Edera Cordiale-Gentile 32 Italy ITA
15 Suzanne Farmer-Allday 17 Great Britain GBR
16 Paulette Veste 24 France FRA
17 Gretel Bolliger 30 Switzerland SUI
18 Frieda Tiltsch 30 Austria AUT
19 QR Olga Winterberg 30 Israel ISR
20 QR Esther Brand 29 South Africa RSA