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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 24, 1952

Gold: TCH Dana Ingrová-Zátopková
Silver: URS Aleksandra Chudina
Bronze: URS Yelena Gorchakova


The Soviet threesome of [Aleksandra Chudina], [Yelena Gorchakova], and [Galina Zybina] led the year lists, with Zybina, primarily a shot putter/discus thrower, having won bronze at the 1950 European Championships. Chudina was known as a multi-event athlete, but the women’s pentathlon was not an Olympic event until 1964. In round one, Czech [Dana Zátopková] opened with a PR of 50.47 (165-7) which would win her the gold medal, the three Soviets taking second thru fourth. Shortly before she won her gold medal, Zatopková’s husband, [Emil Zátopek], won the 5,000 metres, and would win three distance running gold medals in Helsinki – 5K, 10K, and marathon. Dana Zatopková would set one world javelin record, 55.73 (182-10¼) in 1958 and won the European Championships in 1954 and 1958.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dana Ingrová-Zátopková 29 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold OR
2 Aleksandra Chudina 28 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Yelena Gorchakova 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Galina Zybina 21 Soviet Union URS
5 Lily Carlstedt-Kelsby 26 Denmark DEN
6 Marlies Müller 25 Germany GER
7 Maria Ciach 18 Poland POL
8 Jutta Krüger 19 Germany GER
9 Herma Bauma 37 Austria AUT
10 Estrella Puente 23 Uruguay URU
11 Ada Turci 28 Italy ITA
12 Inge Bausenwein 31 Germany GER
13 Marjorie Larney 15 United States USA
14 Anni Rättyä 18 Finland FIN
15 Di Coates 20 Great Britain GBR
16 Kaisa Parviainen 37 Finland FIN
17 Elsa Torikka 21 Finland FIN
18 QR Gerda Martín 24 Chile CHI
19 QR Amalia Yubi 20 Mexico MEX
AC QR Gerda Schilling-Staniek 27 Austria AUT
AC QR Edith Thomas 25 Chile CHI