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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 3, 1960
Date Finished: September 5, 1960

Gold: URS Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova
Silver: URS Tamara Press
Bronze: ROU Lia Manoliu


The 1958 European Champion was [Tamara Press] (URS) and she was favored. But 1952 champion [Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova] pulled an upset to win the gold medal. The finals matched four athletes who had or would win discus gold medals – Press, Ponomaryova-Romashkova, Czech-American [Olga Fikotová] (1956 gold medalist – 7th), and Romania’s [Lia Manoliu] (1968 gold medalist – bronze). Manoliu led in Roma with 52.36 (171-9½) in round one, but Ponomaryova-Romashkova took the lead for good in round two with 52.42 (171-11¾). She improved to 53.39 (175-2) in round three, and to 54.42 (178-6½) in the final round. Press did win the shot put in Roma and one week later, would break the discus throw world record with 57.15 (187-6) at a post-Olympic meet in Roma.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova 31 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Tamara Press 23 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Lia Manoliu 28 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Kriemhild Limberg-Hausmann 25 Germany GER
5 Yevgeniya Kuznetsova 24 Soviet Union URS
6 Earlene Brown 25 United States USA
7 Olga Fikotová-Connolly 27 United States USA
8 Jiřina Němcová-Vobořilová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Irene Schuch 24 Germany GER
10 Val Sloper-Young 23 New Zealand NZL
11 Štěpánka Mertová 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
12 Wivianne Bergh 21 Sweden SWE
13 QR Kazimiera Rykowska 27 Poland POL
14 QR Jennifer Thompson 22 New Zealand NZL
15 QR Elivia Ricci 23 Italy ITA
16 QR Dorli Hofrichter 25 Austria AUT
17 QR Karen Inge Halkier 23 Denmark DEN
18 QR Hiroko Uchida-Yokoyama 24 Japan JPN
19 QR Pam Kurrell 21 United States USA
20 QR Paola Paternoster 24 Italy ITA
21 QR Suzanne Farmer-Allday 25 Great Britain GBR
22 QR Milena Čelesnik 26 Yugoslavia YUG
AC QR Doris Lorenz-Müller 25 Germany GER
AC QR Wu Jin-Yun 22 Chinese Taipei TPE