Yvette Williams wins gold in the Long Jump 1952

Williams, who grew up in Dunedin, is recalled naturally for her dramatic long jump gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. At Helsinki, Williams was clearly the best jumper in the field, but gave her supporters heart-flutters by fouling her first two attempts and therefore being in danger of failing to record a distance. She completed a legitimate jump on her third attempt. The top six jumpers, including Williams, continued for three more attempts each and the New Zealander’s fourth jump proved to be the winner.

It was 40 years before another New Zealand woman, Barbara Kendall, won an Olympic Games gold medal.

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