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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Women's High Jump

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those clearing 1.58 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: December 1, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
(Competitors: 19; Countries: 12; Finalists: 17)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Hopkins and the 19 year-old Balaș had both set world records during the year and were favoured to battle for the gold medal, as they had for the European title two years earlier where Hopkins won. Balaș was the first of the favourites to have a failure, as she missed once at 1.67. In all seven athletes attempted to beat Coachman’s Olympic record, but only one athlete succeeded. McDaniel, whose best was 1.69, set a US record, and thus became the first straddler to win the women’s title. She then went straight to 1.76 and cleared the world record height on her second attempt, before having three misses at 1.80. Allegedly, she had cleared six feet (1.83) in practice during the summer, and looked capable of such heights in Melbourne.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Two world records had been set earlier in 1956. In May, Britain’s Thelma Hopkins jumped 1.74 (5-8½), while in July, Romania’s Iolanda Balaş jumped 1.75 (5-8¾) metres. In 1954 they had placed 1-2 at the European Championships, Hopkins winning. At 1.67 (5-5¾) metres, seven jumpers went over, with Hopkins, Millie McDaniel (USA), Mariya Pisareva (URS), and Gunhild Larking (SWE) clearing on their first attempts. Balaş required two jumps, and finished fifth. At 1.70 (5-7), only McDaniel remained alive, clearing on her second jump, with Pisareva and Hopkins tieing in second place. Her personal best prior to Melbourne had been 1.69 (5-6½), but she then put the bar at the world record height of 1.76 (5-9¼) and succeeded on her second effort. She then tried 1.80 (5-10¾) but failed on three attempts.
 
 
Results
High Jump Women Final 1 December
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.76 Millie McDaniel United States USA 23 WR
2T 1.67 Thelma Hopkins Great Britain GBR 20
2T 1.67 Mariya Pisareva Soviet Union URS 22
4 1.67 Gunhild Larking Sweden SWE 20
5 1.67 Iolanda Balaş Romania ROU 19
6 1.67 Michele Mason-Brown Australia AUS 17
7 1.67 Jessie Donaghy New Zealand NZL 16
8T 1.64 Hermina Geyser South Africa RSA 18
8T 1.64 Jiřina Němcová-Vobořilová Czechoslovakia TCH 19
10 1.64 Olga Modrachová Czechoslovakia TCH 26
11 1.60 Valentina Ballod Soviet Union URS 19
12T 1.60 Reinelde Knapp Austria AUT 23
12T 1.60 Dorothy Odam-Tyler Great Britain GBR 36
14 1.60 Carol Bernoth Australia AUS 18
15 1.55 Janice Cooper Australia AUS
16T 1.55 Alice Whitty Canada CAN 22
16T 1.55 Audrey Bennett Great Britain GBR 20
18 1.55 Inge Kilian Germany GER 21
High Jump Women Qualifying Round 1 December
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1T 1.58 Q Thelma Hopkins Great Britain GBR 20
1T 1.58 Q Iolanda Balaş Romania ROU 19
1T 1.58 Q Gunhild Larking Sweden SWE 20
4T 1.58 Q Reinelde Knapp Austria AUT 23
4T 1.58 Q Dorothy Odam-Tyler Great Britain GBR 36
4T 1.58 Q Hermina Geyser South Africa RSA 18
7T 1.58 Q Michele Mason-Brown Australia AUS 17
7T 1.58 Q Jessie Donaghy New Zealand NZL 16
7T 1.58 Q Jiřina Němcová-Vobořilová Czechoslovakia TCH 19
7T 1.58 Q Mariya Pisareva Soviet Union URS 22
7T 1.58 Q Millie McDaniel United States USA 23
12 1.58 Q Audrey Bennett Great Britain GBR 20
13 1.58 Q Olga Modrachová Czechoslovakia TCH 26
14T 1.58 Q Carol Bernoth Australia AUS 18
14T 1.58 Q Valentina Ballod Soviet Union URS 19
16 1.58 Q Alice Whitty Canada CAN 22
17 1.58 Q Inge Kilian Germany GER 21
18 1.58 Q Janice Cooper Australia AUS
19 1.50 Ann Marie Flynn United States USA 18

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Final 15:50 Team Height 140 150 155 160 164 167 170 176 180
1. Millie McDaniel USA 1.76m O O O XO O O XO XO XXX
2. Mariya Pisareva URS 1.67m - - O O O O XXX
2. Thelma Hopkins GBR 1.67m - - O O O O XXX
4. Gunhild Larking SWE 1.67m - - O XXO XO O XXX
5. Iolanda Balaş ROU 1.67m - - O O O XO XXX
6. Michele Mason-Brown AUS 1.67m O - O O O XXO XXX
7. Jessie Donaghy NZL 1.67m - O O O XO XXO XXX
8. Hermina Geyser SAF 1.64m - O O O O XXX
8. Jirina Voborilova-Nemcova TCH 1.64m - O O O O XXX
10.Olga Modrachova TCH 1.64m - - O O XO XXX
11.Valentina Ballod URS 1.60m - - O O XXX
12.Dorothy Odam-Tyler GBR 1.60m - O O O XXX
12.Reinelde Knapp AUT 1.60m - O O O XXX
14.Carol Bernoth AUS 1.60m - O O XXO XXX
15.Janice Cooper AUS 1.55m - - O XXX
16.Alice Whitty CAN 1.55m - O O XXX
16.Audrey Bennett GBR 1.55m - O O XXX
18.Inge Kilian GER 1.55m - O XXO XXX
Qualification Round - Saturday 01.12 10:00 - mark 1.58m - 18 Athletes
Group Team Height 140 150 155 158
1. Thelma Hopkins GBR 1.58m - - O O
1. Gunhild Larking SWE 1.58m - O - O
1. Iolanda Balaş ROU 1.58m - - O O
4. Hermina Geyser SAF 1.58m - O O O
4. Dorothy Odam-Tyler GBR 1.58m - O O O
4. Reinelde Knapp AUT 1.58m - O O O
7. Millie McDaniel USA 1.58m O O O O
7. Mariya Pisareva URS 1.58m O O O O
7. Michele Mason-Brown AUS 1.58m O O O O
7. Jessie Donaghy NZL 1.58m O O O O
7. Jirina Voborilova-Nemcova TCH 1.58m O O O O
12.Audrey Bennett GBR 1.58m - O XO O
13.Olga Modrachova TCH 1.58m - O O XO
14.Valentina Ballod URS 1.58m O O O XO
14.Carol Bernoth AUS 1.58m O O O XO
16.Alice Whitty CAN 1.58m O XO O XO
17.Inge Kilian GER 1.58m - XO O XXO
18.Janice Cooper AUS 1.58m O O XXO XXO
19.Ann Marie Flynn USA 1.50m O XO XXX
 
 
 

 

 

 

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