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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 7, 1960
Date Finished: September 8, 1960

Gold: ROU Iolanda Balaș
Silver: GBR Dorothy Shirley
POL Jarosława Jóźwiakowska-Bieda


The overwhelming favorite was Romania’s [Iolanda Balaş]. She was the world record holder with 1.86 (6-1¼), and had easily won the 1958 European Championships. Since Melbourne, Balaş had broken the world record nine times, and in Bucuresti on 18 October 1958, she became the first woman to jump over 6 feet, when she won that competition with 1.83 metres. She was undefeated since Melbourne and would, in fact, win 140 consecutive high jump events between Melbourne and June 1967. Track historians consider her the most dominant single field event athlete in history, rivaled among track athletes only by [Edwin Moses]. She was a scissors jumper and when she used that technique to jump 1.73 (5-8) in Roma, she had the gold medal. She then also succeeded with jumps at 1.76 (5-9¼) and 1.81 (5-11¼) (both 1st attempts), and 1.85 (6-0¾) metres (2nd attempt).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Iolanda Balaș 23 Romania ROU Gold OR
2T Dorothy Shirley 21 Great Britain GBR Silver
2T Jarosława Jóźwiakowska-Bieda 23 Poland POL Silver
4 Galina Dolya 27 Soviet Union URS
5 Taisiya Chenchik 24 Soviet Union URS
6T Helen Frith 21 Australia AUS
6T Frances Slaap 19 Great Britain GBR
6T Inga-Britt Lorentzon 24 Sweden SWE
9T Florence Pétry-Amiel 17 France FRA
9T Ingrid Mickler-Becker 17 Germany GER
9T Marlene Schmitz-Portz 22 Germany GER
9T Nel Zwier 23 Netherlands NED
9T Olga Gere-Pulić 17 Yugoslavia YUG
14 Neomia Rogers 20 United States USA
15 Valentina Ballod 23 Soviet Union URS
16T QR Karin Lenzke 24 Germany GER
16T QR Diny Hobers 27 Netherlands NED
18 QR Mette Oxvang 22 Denmark DEN
19 QR Marinella Bortoluzzi 21 Italy ITA
20 QR Brenda Archer 17 Guyana GUY
21T QR Barbara Brown 19 United States USA
21T QR Jean Gaertner 21 United States USA
23 QR Canel Konvur 20 Turkey TUR