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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: November 28, 1956

Gold: URS Inese Jaunzeme
Silver: CHI Marlene Ahrens
Bronze: URS Nadezhda Konyayeva


The first and second places in Melbourne were big surprises. Soviet Latvian [Inese Jaunzeme] had no major record and her best finish at the Soviet Championships was third in 1956. But she dominated the 1956 Olympic competition, leading after her first throw, and never relinguishing the lead. She improved to 53.40 (175-2½) in round four and her best mark of 53.86 (176-8½) came in the final round, with four of her throws good enough for the gold medal. Silver medalist [Marlene Ahrens] of Chile also had no international record to that date. She remains the only Chilean female to win an Olympic medal – in any sport through 2008. She would later win gold medals at the 1959 and 1963 Pan-American Games in the javelin.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Inese Jaunzeme 24 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Marlene Ahrens 23 Chile CHI Silver
3 Nadezhda Konyayeva 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Dana Ingrová-Zátopková 34 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Ingrid Almqvist 29 Sweden SWE
6 Urszula Figwer 25 Poland POL
7 Erzsébet Vígh 21 Hungary HUN
8 Karen Anderson-Oldham 18 United States USA
9 Anna Wojtaszek-Pazera 19 Poland POL
10 Erika Raue 18 Germany GER
11 Marjorie Larney 19 United States USA
12 Yoriko Shida 21 Japan JPN
13 Almut Brömmel 21 Germany GER
14 Amelia Wershoven 25 United States USA
15 QR Paola Paternoster 20 Italy ITA
16 QR Margaret George Canada CAN
17 QR Maureen Wright 17 Australia AUS
18 QR Heather Innes 17 Australia AUS
19 QR June Heath 27 Australia AUS