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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 14, 1968

Gold: ROU Viorica Viscopoleanu
Silver: GBR Sheila Parkin-Sherwood
Bronze: URS Tatyana Talysheva


The rarified air of Ciudad de México had the pundits expecting a world record and they were not disappointed. The favorites should have been the 1966 champions at the Europeans and Commonwealth Games – [Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein] (POL) and defending gold medalist [Mary Rand] (GBR) – but neither competed in the long jump in México. This left the field somewhat open and in round one Romania’s [Viorica Viscopoleanu] jumped a world record 6.82 (22-4½) and that settled the gold medal. The other medalists were also settled in round one. [Sheila Sherwood] (GBR) jumped 6.60 (21-8), bettering that in round five with 6.68 (21-11) for the silver; while Soviet [Tatyana Talysheva] jumped 6.55 (21-6) in round one and went 6.66 (21-10¼) in round two for her bronze medal winning leap.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viorica Viscopoleanu 29 Romania ROU Gold WR
2 Sheila Parkin-Sherwood 22 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Tatyana Talysheva 30 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Burghild Wieczorek 25 East Germany GDR
5 Mirosława Sarna 26 Poland POL
6 Ingrid Mickler-Becker 26 West Germany FRG
7 Berit Berthelsen 24 Norway NOR
8 Heide Rosendahl 21 West Germany FRG
9 Violet Odogwu 26 Nigeria NGR
10 Martha Rae Watson 22 United States USA
11 Willye White 28 United States USA
12 Maureen Barton-Chitty 20 Great Britain GBR
13 Ann Wilson 19 Great Britain GBR
14 Bärbel Löhnert 26 East Germany GDR
15 QR Manon Bornholdt 18 West Germany FRG
16 QR Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein 22 Poland POL
17 QR Marcia Garbey 19 Cuba CUB
18 QR Etelka Kispál 27 Hungary HUN
19 QR Helēna Ringa 21 Soviet Union URS
20 QR Mercedes Román 23 Mexico MEX
21 QR Gunilla Cederström 25 Sweden SWE
22 QR Alice Annum 19 Ghana GHA
23 QR Lin Chun-Yu 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
24 QR Jean Robotham 24 Costa Rica CRC
AC QR Joan Hendry 23 Canada CAN
AC QR Cecilia Sosa 20 El Salvador ESA
AC QR Sieglinde Ammann 22 Switzerland SUI