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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Women's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those reaching 42.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 23, 1956
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 12; Finalists: 13)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Ponomaryova was expected to retain her title ahead of Beglyakova, with Fikotová and Mertová likely to battle out for the bronze. Fikotová led the qualifying with 50.77, but was fourth until the third round, when she threw 52.04 to take the lead. Beglyakova immediately responded with 52.54, and retained the lead from Fikotová until the fifth round. The Czech threw 53.69 in the fifth round to become the third-best thrower ever and win the gold, with Ponomaryova producing her best in the same round, to edge Brown for the bronze medal. For Fikotová, Melbourne was memorable not just for the gold medal, as she met (and three months later married) Harold Connolly, winner of the hammer. Ponomaryova had given Fikotová coaching tips in 1955, and was visibly upset to see how good a job she had done.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Nina Romashkova was the defending champion, the 1954 European Champion, and the favorite. Her teammate Irina Beglyakova had finished second to her at the 1954 Europeans and was expected to medal. The qualifying leader was Czechoslovak Olga Fikotová who took the lead in the final with 52.04 (170-9) in round three. But Beglyakova surpassed her later in the round with 52.54 (172-4½). Fikotová regained the lead and won the gold medal with her fifth round throw of 53.69 (176-1¾), Beglyakova holding on for the silver. Romashkova never really factored for the gold but won the bronze. Fikotová also made headlines during the Olympics because she began a much publicized East-West romance with American hammer thrower, Hal Connolly. Overcoming what was described as “mountains of red tape” they fell in love and were married in Praha three months after the Olympics, with Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek serving as best man. Connolly and Fikotová divorced in 1973. Fikotová-Connolly would eventually compete in five Olympics, the next four representing the United States.
 
 
Results
Discus Throw Women Final 23 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 53.69 Olga Fikotová-Connolly Czechoslovakia TCH 24 OR
2 52.54 Irina Beglyakova Soviet Union URS 23 OR
3 52.02 Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova Soviet Union URS 27
4 51.35 Earlene Brown United States USA 21
5 48.20 Albina Yelkina Soviet Union URS 23
6 46.73 Isabel Avellán Argentina ARG 23
7 45.84 Jiřina Němcová-Vobořilová Czechoslovakia TCH 19
8 45.78 Štěpánka Mertová Czechoslovakia TCH 25
9 43.90 Lia Manoliu Romania ROU 24
10 43.34 Marianne Werner Germany GER 32
11 42.83 Paola Paternoster Italy ITA 20
12 42.16 Nada Kotlušek Yugoslavia YUG 22
13 40.84 Lois Jackman Australia AUS 18
Discus Throw Women Qualifying Round 23 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.77 Q Olga Fikotová-Connolly Czechoslovakia TCH 24
2 48.34 Q Nina Romashkova-Ponomaryova Soviet Union URS 27
3 47.65 Q Irina Beglyakova Soviet Union URS 23
4 46.26 Q Štěpánka Mertová Czechoslovakia TCH 25
5 44.42 Q Jiřina Němcová-Vobořilová Czechoslovakia TCH 19
6T 43.90 Q Earlene Brown United States USA 21
6T 43.90 Q Albina Yelkina Soviet Union URS 23
8 43.87 Q Lia Manoliu Romania ROU 24
9 43.66 Q Isabel Avellán Argentina ARG 23
10 43.41 Q Marianne Werner Germany GER 32
11 42.88 Q Paola Paternoster Italy ITA 20
12 42.45 Q Nada Kotlušek Yugoslavia YUG 22
13 42.21 Q Lois Jackman Australia AUS 18
14 41.45 Suzanne Farmer-Allday Great Britain GBR 21
15 41.18 Anne-Chatrine Lafrenz Germany GER 20
16 40.91 Ko Nakamura-Yoshino Japan JPN 36
17 40.76 Shirley Cotton Australia AUS 22
18 40.49 Pam Kurrell United States USA 17
19 40.41 Jackie MacDonald Canada CAN 24
20 39.91 Marjorie Larney United States USA 19
21 36.61 Valerie Lawrence Australia AUS 20
22 35.47 Almut Brömmel Germany GER 21

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Final 16:10 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1. Olga Fikotova TCH 53.69m 46.56 50.09 52.04 52.28 53.69 49.98
2. Irina Beglyakova URS 52.54m 51.74 51.01 52.54 50.32 48.22 48.31
3. Nina Romashkov URS 52.02m 51.03 51.61 50.17 47.22 52.02 51.10
4. Earlene Brown USA 51.35m 51.35 42.55 X X 40.45 44.79
5. Albina Yelkina URS 48.20m 47.87 X 48.20 45.18 45.45 47.92
6. Isabel Avell�n ARG 46.73m 46.73 44.84 42.69 46.31 43.88 44.35
7. Jiřina Vobořilova TCH 45.84m 45.57 X 45.84
8. Štepanka Mertova TCH 45.78m 41.96 45.78 43.41
9. Lia Manoliu ROU 43.90m 43.90 43.76 42.72
10.Marianne Werner GER 43.34m 43.34 41.89 X
11.Paola Paternoster ITA 42.83m 42.83 40.89 X
12.Nada Kotlusek YUG 42.16m 41.79 39.89 42.16
13.Lois Jackman AUS 40.84m 40.84 40.28 40.64
Qualification Round - Friday 23.11 10:00 - mark 42.00m - 13 Athletes
Group Teamn Dist. 1. 2. 3.
1. Olga Fikotova TCH 50.77m 28.60 50.77 -
2. Nina Romashkova URS 48.34m 48.34 - -
3. Irina Beglyakova URS 47.65m 40.77 47.65 -
4. Štepanka Mertova TCH 46.26m 40.51 46.26 -
5. Jirina Voborilova TCH 44.42m 44.62 - -
6. Earlene Brown USA 43.90m 43.90 - -
6. Albina Yelkina URS 43.90m 43.90 - -
8. Lia Manoliu ROU 43.87m 43.87 - -
9. Isabel Avell�n ARG 43.66m 40.91 43.66 -
10.Marianne Werner GER 43.41m 40.78 43.41 -
11.Paola Paternoster ITA 42.88m 42.88 - -
12.Nada Kotlusek YUG 42.45m 40.73 42.45 -
13.Lois Jackman AUS 42.21m 39.25 41.68 42.21
14.Suzanne Farmer-Allday GBR 41.45m 39.39 38.89 41.45
15.Anne-Cathrine Lafrenz GER 41.18m 33.72 41.18 41.16
16.Toyoko Nakamura-Yoshino JPN 40.91m 40.77 36.47 40.91
17.Shirley Cotton AUS 40.76m 37.74 40.76 39.36
18.Pam Kurrell USA 40.49m 38.01 40.49 39.92
19.Jackie Macdonald CAN 40.41m 33.77 33.93 40.41
20.Marjorie Larney USA 39.91m 39.91 38.04 X
21.Valerie Lawrence AUS 36.61m 33.84 35.76 36.61
22.Almut Br�mmel GER 35.47m X X 35.47
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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