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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 1960

Gold: URS Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina
Silver: POL Elżbieta Krzesińska-Duńska
Bronze: GER Hildrun Laufer-Claus


In August East German [Hildrun Claus] twice broke the world record at the German Olympic Trials and was favored. [Elżbieta Krzesińska] was also back to defend her title. But the gold medal went to [Vera Krepkina], better known as a sprinter, and the co-holder of the 100 metre world record. She had placed second in the 100 at the 1958 European Championships, but had no major podium finishes in the long jump. Claus led the final in round one with 6.21 (20-4½), before Krepkina took over with 6.22 (20-5) in the third round. In round four Krepkina delivered the gold medal mark with 6.37 (20-10¾), while Krzesińska moved into second with 6.25 (20-6¼). She would improve that in round six with 6.27 (20-7) to cement the silver medal, Claus holding on for the bronze but never improving her opening jump.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina 27 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Elżbieta Krzesińska-Duńska 25 Poland POL Silver
3 Hildrun Laufer-Claus 21 Germany GER Bronze
4 Renate Junker 22 Germany GER
5 Liudmyla Radchenko 27 Soviet Union URS
6 Helga Hoffmann 22 Germany GER
7 Joke Bijleveld 19 Netherlands NED
8 Valentina Shaprunova 23 Soviet Union URS
9 Mary Bignal-Rand 20 Great Britain GBR
10 Beverly Weigel 20 New Zealand NZL
11 Maria Piątkowska-Chojnacka-Ilwicka 29 Poland POL
12 Fumiko Ito 20 Japan JPN
13 Maria Kusion-Bibro 24 Poland POL
14 Madeleine Thétu 22 France FRA
15 Norma Croker-Fleming 25 Australia AUS
16 Willye White 20 United States USA
17 Helen Frith 21 Australia AUS
18 Brita Johansson 18 Finland FIN
19 Christina Persighetti 24 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Akiko Fukuda 22 Japan JPN
21 QR Piera Tizzoni 20 Italy ITA
22 QR Vlasta Přikrylová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
23 QR Sylvia Mitchell 22 Australia AUS
24 QR Visitación Badana 23 Philippines PHI
25 QR Lin Chau-Tai 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
26 QR Yasuko Kimura 22 Japan JPN
27 QR Sally McCallum 20 Canada CAN
28 QR Ilana Karaszyk 22 Israel ISR
29 QR Aycan Önel 27 Turkey TUR
AC QR Annie Smith 21 United States USA