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Long Jump, Women

Date13 – 14 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants27 from 19 countries

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 Rand missed the Games through injury and Szewińska-Kirszenstein failed to reach the final. 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.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1216Viorica ViscopoleanuROU6.48 (3)6.82 (1)GoldWR
2139Sheila SherwoodGBR6.42 (7)6.68 (2)Silver
3245Tatyana TalyshevaURS6.34 (10)6.66 (3)Bronze
430Burghild WieczorekGDR6.30 (13)6.48 (4)
5204Mirosława SarnaPOL6.44 (5)6.47 (5)
61Ingrid BeckerFRG6.40 (8)6.43 (6)
7198Berit BerthelsenNOR6.48 (2)6.40 (7)
811Heide RosendahlFRG6.54 (1)6.40 (8)
9Violet OdogwuNGR6.45 (4)6.23 (9)
10Martha Rae WatsonUSA6.30 (12)6.20 (10)
11Willye WhiteUSA6.42 (6)6.08 (11)
12Maureen BartonGBR6.34 (11)5.95 (12)
13144Ann WilsonGBR6.30 (14)5.90 (13)
1423Bärbel LöhnertGDR6.35 (9)4.49 (14)
15 r1/23Manon BornholdtFRG6.27 (15)
16 r1/2207Irena SzewińskaPOL6.19 (16)
17 r1/2Marcia GarbeyCUB6.14 (17)
18 r1/2159Etelka KispálHUN5.98 (18)
19 r1/2Helēna RingaURS5.84 (19)
20 r1/2190Mercedes RománMEX5.75 (20)
21 r1/2217Gunilla CederströmSWE5.72 (21)
22 r1/2124Alice AnnumGHA5.61 (22)
23 r1/2224Lin Chun-YuTPE5.59 (23)
24 r1/264Jean RobothamCRC4.75 (24)
AC r1/257Joan HendryCAN– (AC)
AC r1/283Cecilia SosaESA– (AC)
AC r1/2221Sieglinde AmmannSUI– (AC)
DNS31Alicia KaufmanasARG– (DNS)
DNS80Nina HansenDEN– (DNS)
DNSMaria Vittoria TrioITA– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (13 October 1968 — 15:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 6.35 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Heide RosendahlFRG6.54Q
2Berit BerthelsenNOR6.486.32Q
3Viorica ViscopoleanuROU6.48Q
4Violet OdogwuNGR6.45Q
5Mirosława SarnaPOL6.44Q
6Willye WhiteUSA6.426.17Q
7Sheila SherwoodGBR6.42Q
8Ingrid BeckerFRG6.40Q
9Bärbel LöhnertGDR6.35Q
10Tatyana TalyshevaURS6.346.30q
11Maureen BartonGBR6.346.27q
12Martha Rae WatsonUSA6.306.18q
13Burghild WieczorekGDR6.306.15q
14Ann WilsonGBR6.306.10q
15Manon BornholdtFRG6.27
16Irena SzewińskaPOL6.19
17Marcia GarbeyCUB6.14
18Etelka KispálHUN5.98
19Helēna RingaURS5.84
20Mercedes RománMEX5.75
21Gunilla CederströmSWE5.72
22Alice AnnumGHA5.61
23Lin Chun-YuTPE5.59
24Jean RobothamCRC4.75
ACSieglinde AmmannSUINM
ACCecilia SosaESANM
ACJoan HendryCANNM
DNSNina HansenDEN
DNSAlicia KaufmanasARG
DNSMaria Vittoria TrioITA

Qualifying Round, Group A (13 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
17Heide RosendahlFRG6.54×6.54
(0.0)
-Q
24Violet OdogwuNGR6.456.45
(0.0)
6.09
(0.0)
-Q
312Sheila SherwoodGBR6.426.42
(0.0)
--Q
42Bärbel LöhnertGDR6.356.35
(0.0)
--Q
510Tatyana TalyshevaURS6.346.34
(-0.5)
6.30
(-3.0)
6.28
(-1.0)
q
69Maureen BartonGBR6.346.27
(-2.0)
×6.34
(0.0)
q
76Martha Rae WatsonUSA6.306.30
(-1.0)
6.18
(+0.2)
5.99
(-1.0)
q
81Irena SzewińskaPOL6.19×6.19
(+0.1)
×
93Etelka KispálHUN5.985.98
(0.0)
5.93
(0.0)
×
1015Mercedes RománMEX5.755.75
(0.0)
×5.72
(+2.0)
118Gunilla CederströmSWE5.72×5.57
(-1.4)
5.72
(0.0)
1213Alice AnnumGHA5.615.57
(0.0)
5.43
(-2.2)
5.61
(0.0)
135Jean RobothamCRC4.754.75
(0.0)
4.55
(0.0)
4.40
(-1.6)
AC11Sieglinde AmmannSUI×××NM
DNS14Nina HansenDEN

Qualifying Round, Group B (13 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
17Berit BerthelsenNOR6.486.32
(-1.0)
6.48
(0.0)
-Q
22Viorica ViscopoleanuROU6.486.48
(0.0)
--Q
39Mirosława SarnaPOL6.446.32
(0.0)
6.44
(0.0)
-Q
411Willye WhiteUSA6.426.17
(0.0)
6.42
(-1.2)
-Q
510Ingrid BeckerFRG6.406.25
(0.0)
6.40
(0.0)
-Q
66Burghild WieczorekGDR6.306.28
(-0.6)
6.30
(0.0)
6.15
(0.0)
q
71Ann WilsonGBR6.306.10
(-1.3)
5.85
(-0.1)
6.30
(0.0)
q
812Manon BornholdtFRG6.276.27
(0.0)
6.09
(0.0)
×
95Marcia GarbeyCUB6.145.55
(0.0)
6.14
(0.0)
×
104Helēna RingaURS5.84×5.84
(0.0)
×
1115Lin Chun-YuTPE5.595.23
(0.0)
×5.59
(-1.4)
AC3Cecilia SosaESA×××NM
AC14Joan HendryCAN×××NM
DNS8Alicia KaufmanasARG
DNS13Maria Vittoria TrioITA

Final Round (14 October 1968 — 16:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
16Viorica ViscopoleanuROU6.826.82
(0.0)
×6.64
(-1.3)
6.54
(0.0)
6.52
(-1.6)
6.57
(0.0)
WR
25Sheila SherwoodGBR6.686.60
(+0.6)
×6.50
(-2.1)
6.59
(0.0)
6.68
(-0.6)
6.61
(-0.2)
33Tatyana TalyshevaURS6.666.55
(0.0)
6.66
(0.0)
5.38
(-2.1)
6.38
(-1.0)
4.49
(-1.1)
×
44Burghild WieczorekGDR6.48×6.48
(0.0)
6.45
(-2.1)
6.33
(-1.0)
6.42
(-1.2)
6.25
(-3.2)
510Mirosława SarnaPOL6.476.47
(-2.0)
×4.98
(0.0)
6.44
(0.0)
6.31
(-1.6)
6.45
(-0.2)
612Ingrid BeckerFRG6.43×6.32
(0.0)
×6.43
(+1.0)
×6.27
(-1.0)
713Berit BerthelsenNOR6.406.38
(0.0)
6.40
(0.0)
6.27
(0.0)
6.22
(0.0)
×6.32
(0.0)
89Heide RosendahlFRG6.40××6.24
(-0.8)
6.05
(+1.1)
6.37
(0.0)
6.40
(-1.2)
92Violet OdogwuNGR6.236.23
(0.0)
5.89
(0.0)
6.15
(0.0)
1014Martha Rae WatsonUSA6.206.20
(0.0)
×6.06
(0.0)
1111Willye WhiteUSA6.086.01
(0.0)
5.44
(0.0)
6.08
(-3.0)
127Maureen BartonGBR5.955.93
(-0.1)
×5.95
(-0.1)
131Ann WilsonGBR5.90×5.90
(0.0)
5.59
(0.0)
148Bärbel LöhnertGDR4.49××4.49
(0.0)