| Event type

Pentathlon, Women

Date16 – 17 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants20 from 15 countries
FormatScoring by 1962 point tables.

Irina Press had set her first world record in the pentathlon in 1959, but had had to wait until 1964 for this to become an Olympic event for women. She was highly versatile as she competed in the 80 metre hurdles and sprint relay at the 1960 Olympics and in 1964, competed in the hurdles and shot put, in addition to the pentathlon. Since 1959 she had set seven world records in the pentathlon and was the heavy favorite. The previous world record holder was Galina Bystrova (URS), who had been European Champion in 1958 and 1962. They were challenged by Britain’s Mary Rand, who two days before had won the long jump gold medal. After the first day, Press had a big lead on Bystrova, with Rand third. Though Rand made big efforts in the high jump and long jump, she could not catch Press, who won the first women’s pentathlon gold medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCPoints80 metres HurdlesShot PutHigh JumpLong Jump200 metres
1201Irina PressURS524610.717.161.636.2424.7GoldWR
259Mary RandGBR503510.911.051.726.5524.2Silver
3202Galina BystrovaURS495610.714.471.606.1125.5Bronze
466Mary PetersGBR479711.014.481.605.6025.4
5237Draga StamejčičYUG479010.912.731.546.1925.2
689Helga HoffmannGER473711.210.671.606.4425.0
7235Pat Daniels-WinslowUSA472412.013.041.635.9024.6
888Ingrid BeckerGER471711.611.621.606.1724.6
938Nina HansenDEN461111.111.261.546.2725.9
10215Mariya SizyakovaURS458011.111.871.575.9426.3
1117Helen FrithAUS455711.911.161.695.8725.8
1247Denise GuénardFRA454811.111.301.605.6925.9
1330Jenny WingersonCAN451411.312.061.485.5224.6
14146Lia HintenNED446611.310.721.455.8224.5
1531Dianne GeraceCAN444511.911.191.695.7626.9
16148Oddrun HoklandNOR442912.010.051.635.7925.3
17190Chi ChengTPE422911.19.791.405.7225.8
18254Miyuki TakahashiJPN391412.09.561.405.5127.2
19128Lee Hak-JaKOR364912.610.191.354.9127.5
2020Ulla FlegelAUT347612.211.661.635.22
DNS181Gunilla CederströmSWE
DNS87Hildrun Laufer-ClausGER