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Women's Shot Put

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 26, 1952
Date Finished: July 26, 1952

Gold: URS Galina Zybina
Silver: GER Marianne Werner
Bronze: URS Klavdiya Tochonova


The favorite was likely [Tamara Tyshkevich] (URS) but her countrywoman [Galina Zybina] had thrown 15.19 (49-10) a few weeks before the Olympics, but that was never ratified as a world record. In The Complete Book of the Olympic Games Wallechinsky has noted of her, "Zybina had watched her mother and brother die of cold and starvation during World War II. She barely survived herself and entered adolescence thin and sickly." During the competition, Zybina had the three longest throws and had secured the gold medal with her opening round 15.00 (49-2½). In the final round, she recorded a world record of 15.28 (50-1¾). [Marianne Werner] (FRG) put 14.57 (47-9¾) in round six to prevent the Soviet medal sweep.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Galina Zybina 21 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Marianne Werner 28 Germany GER Silver
3 Klavdiya Tochonova 30 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Tamara Tyshkevich 21 Soviet Union URS OR
5 Gertrud Kille 27 Germany GER
6 Yvette Williams 23 New Zealand NZL
7 Marija Radosavljević 24 Yugoslavia YUG
8 Meeri Saari 26 Finland FIN
9 Paulette Veste 24 France FRA
10 Magdalena Breguła 31 Poland POL
11 Dorothea Kreß 27 Germany GER
12 Jaroslava Křítková-Komárková 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
13 Eivor Olson 29 Sweden SWE
14 Nada Kotlušek 17 Yugoslavia YUG
15 QR Ingeborg Pfüller 20 Argentina ARG
16 QR Elżbieta Krysińska 24 Poland POL
17 QR Gretel Bolliger 30 Switzerland SUI
18 QR Janet Dicks 19 United States USA
19 QR Ingeborg Mello 33 Argentina ARG
20 QR Choi Myeong-Suk 18 South Korea KOR