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Yvette Williams at the Empire Games, 1950

Yvette Williams at the Empire Games, 1950

From Berlin in 1936 when Jack Lovelock won the 1,500 metres, to Montreal in 1976 when John Walker repeated the feat, New Zealand had a strong tradition of success in Olympic athletics. The finest woman athlete during these years was Yvette Williams, who won the gold medal for the long jump at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. She is shown here winning the same event at the British Empire Games in Auckland two years earlier.

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports and leisure - Organised sports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, updated 1 Sep 2015