Story: Olympic and Commonwealth games

Yvette Williams's long jump victory, Helsinki, 1952

In the sound clip Yvette Williams describes her winning jump at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, along with the two nerve-wracking 'no-jumps' that preceded it. The composite photograph illustrates her achievement. Beneath Williams in flight, a group of school girls marks out the length of her gold-medal-winning jump. The caption notes the imperial measurement equivalent to the 6.24-metre jump. Williams set an Olympic record and was just 1 centimetre short of the world record held by the legendary Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen.

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New Zealand Olympic Museum – He Pataka Taumahekeheke, New Zealand Olympic Committee

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Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero (Interview Yvette Williams, 22/10/52/Reference number ID 39883)

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Joseph Romanos, 'Olympic and Commonwealth games - Athletic achievements at the Olympics – 1950s and early 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/37892/yvette-williamss-long-jump-victory-helsinki-1952 (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 16 Sep 2016