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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Women's Long Jump

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 6.35 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 13, 1968  
Date Finished: October 14, 1968  
(Competitors: 27; Countries: 19; Finalists: 14)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
The medals were settled with the first six jumps of the opening round, as Talysheva jumped 6.55, to be followed by Sherwood with 6.60 and Viscopoleanu’s world record of 6.82. In the absence of Szewińska, concentrating on the 200m, the Romanian had been one of the favourites, but her world record was nevertheless startling. Talysheva reacted well with a personal best 6.66 in the second round, to move into silver medal position, which was recovered by Sherwood in the fifth round, who leapfrogged Talysheva by two places on the world all-time list to fourth with her 6.68. Wieczorek won the battle for the next tier with 6.48, although Rosendahl had jumped 6.54 in the qualifying round. Just eight centimetres covered fourth to eighth places.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
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.
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Mary Rand (GBR) 6.76 m Tokyo, Japan October 14, 1964
 
        Results          
   
Long Jump Women     Final 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 6.82     Viorica Viscopoleanu Romania ROU 29 WR  
2 6.68     Sheila Parkin-Sherwood Great Britain GBR 22    
3 6.66     Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union URS 30    
4 6.48     Burghild Wieczorek East Germany GDR 25    
5 6.47     Mirosława Sarna Poland POL 26    
6 6.43     Ingrid Mickler-Becker West Germany FRG 26    
7 6.40     Berit Berthelsen Norway NOR 24    
8 6.40     Heide Rosendahl West Germany FRG 21    
9 6.23     Violet Odogwu Nigeria NGR 26    
10 6.20     Martha Rae Watson United States USA 22    
11 6.08     Willye White United States USA 28    
12 5.95     Maureen Barton-Chitty Great Britain GBR 20    
13 5.90     Ann Wilson Great Britain GBR 19    
14 4.49     Bärbel Löhnert East Germany GDR 26    
Long Jump Women     Qualifying Round Group A 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 6.54   Q Heide Rosendahl West Germany FRG 21    
2 6.45   Q Violet Odogwu Nigeria NGR 26    
3 6.42   Q Sheila Parkin-Sherwood Great Britain GBR 22    
4 6.35   Q Bärbel Löhnert East Germany GDR 26    
5 6.34   Q Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union URS 30    
6 6.34   Q Maureen Barton-Chitty Great Britain GBR 20    
7 6.30   Q Martha Rae Watson United States USA 22    
8 6.19     Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein Poland POL 22    
9 5.98     Etelka Kispál Hungary HUN 27    
10 5.75     Mercedes Román Mexico MEX 23    
11 5.72     Gunilla Cederström Sweden SWE 25    
12 5.61     Alice Annum Ghana GHA 19    
13 4.75     Jean Robotham Costa Rica CRC 24    
AC NM     Sieglinde Ammann Switzerland SUI 22    
Long Jump Women     Qualifying Round Group B 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 6.48   Q Berit Berthelsen Norway NOR 24    
2 6.48   Q Viorica Viscopoleanu Romania ROU 29    
3 6.44   Q Mirosława Sarna Poland POL 26    
4 6.42   Q Willye White United States USA 28    
5 6.40   Q Ingrid Mickler-Becker West Germany FRG 26    
6 6.30   Q Burghild Wieczorek East Germany GDR 25    
7 6.30   Q Ann Wilson Great Britain GBR 19    
8 6.27     Manon Bornholdt West Germany FRG 18    
9 6.14     Marcia Garbey Cuba CUB 19    
10 5.84     Helēna Ringa Soviet Union URS 21    
11 5.59     Lin Chun-Yu Chinese Taipei TPE 18    
AC NM     Cecilia Sosa El Salvador ESA 20    
AC NM     Joan Hendry Canada CAN 23    
 

Results

Qualifying round

Qual. rule: qualification standard 6.35m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q). Ties between jumpers were broken by comparing their second best marks.

Final

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Heide Rosendahl West Germany X 6.54 6.54 Q
2 B Berit Berthelsen Norway 6.32 6.48 6.48 Q
3 B Viorica Viscopoleanu Romania 6.48 6.48 Q
4 A Violet Odogwu Nigeria 6.45 6.09 6.45 Q
5 B Mirosława Sarna Poland 6.32 6.44 6.44 Q
6 B Willye White United States 6.17 6.42 6.42 Q
7 A Sheila Sherwood Great Britain 6.42 6.42 Q
8 B Ingrid Becker West Germany 6.25 6.40 6.40 Q
9 A Bärbel Löhnert East Germany 6.35 6.35 Q
10 A Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union 6.34 6.30 6.28 6.34 q
11 A Maureen Barton Great Britain 6.27 X 6.34 6.34 q
12 A Martha Watson United States 6.30 6.18 5.99 6.30 q
13 B Burghild Wieczorek East Germany 6.28 6.30 6.15 6.30 q
14 B Ann Wilson Great Britain 6.10 5.85 6.30 6.30 q
15 B Manon Bornholdt West Germany 6.27 6.09 X 6.27  
16 A Irena Szewińska Poland X 6.19 X 6.19  
17 B Marcia Garbey Cuba 5.55 6.14 X 6.14  
18 A Etelka Kispál Hungary 5.98 5.93 X 5.98  
19 B Helēna Ringa Soviet Union X 5.84 X 5.84  
20 A Mercedes Román Mexico 5.75 X 5.72 5.75  
21 A Gunilla Cederström Sweden X 5.57 5.72 5.72  
22 A Alice Anum Ghana 5.57 5.43 5.61 5.61  
23 B Lin Chun-Yu Republic of China 5.23 X 5.59 5.59  
24 A Jean Robotham Costa Rica 4.75 4.55 4.40 4.75  
N/A A Sieglinde Ammann Switzerland X X X NM  
N/A B Cecilia Sosa El Salvador X X X NM  
N/A B Joan Hendry Canada X X X NM  
Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Viorica Viscopoleanu Romania 6.82 X 6.64 6.54 6.52 6.57 6.82 WR
2nd Sheila Sherwood Great Britain 6.60 X 6.50 6.59 6.68 6.61 6.68  
3rd Tatyana Talysheva Soviet Union 6.55 6.66 5.38 6.38 4.49 X 6.66  
4 Burghild Wieczorek East Germany X 6.48 6.45 6.33 6.42 6.25 6.48  
5 Mirosława Sarna Poland 6.47 X 4.98 6.44 6.31 6.45 6.47  
6 Ingrid Becker West Germany X 6.32 X 6.43 X 6.27 6.43  
7 Berit Berthelsen Norway 6.38 6.40 6.27 6.22 X 6.32 6.40  
8 Heide Rosendahl West Germany X X 6.24 6.05 6.37 6.40 6.40  
9 Violet Odogwu Nigeria 6.23 5.89 6.15 N/A 6.23  
10 Martha Watson United States 6.20 X 6.06 N/A 6.20  
11 Willye White United States 6.01 5.44 6.08 N/A 6.08  
12 Maureen Barton Great Britain 5.93 X 5.95 N/A 5.95  
13 Ann Wilson Great Britain X 5.90 5.59 N/A 5.90  
14 Bärbel Löhnert East Germany X X 4.49 N/A 4.49  
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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