Elżbieta Krzesińska

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Elżbieta Krzesińska
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Women's Athletics
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Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1956 Melbourne Long Jump
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1960 Rome Long Jump
European Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg Belgrade 1962 Long jump
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg Bern 1954 Long jump

Elżbieta Maria Krzesińska (née Duńska; November 11, 1934 – December 29, 2015) was a track and field athlete from Poland, who competed in the long jump. Born in Warsaw, she competed for her native country at the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia where she won the gold medal in the Women's Long Jump. She returned to the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome but failed to defend her title, finishing second behind Soviet Vera Krepkina. [1]

Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from the sport's typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track enclosing a grass field where the throwing and some of the jumping events take place. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and race walking.

Long jump track and field event

The long jump is a track and field event in which athletes combine speed, strength and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take off point. Along with the triple jump, the two events that measure jumping for distance as a group are referred to as the "horizontal jumps". This event has a history in the Ancient Olympic Games and has been a modern Olympic event for men since the first Olympics in 1896 and for women since 1948.

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She won the Polish championships in Long Jump (1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1963), 80m Hurdles (1957), and Pentathlon (1953, 1962). Duńska-Krzesińska participated in three Olympic Games. In 1952, she took 12th place in long jump at the 15th Olympic Games in Helsinki. In 1956, she won gold medal at the 16th Olympic Games in Melbourne. In 1960, she won silver medal, behind Vera Krepkina, at the 17th Olympic Games in Rome.

Olympic Games major international sport event

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Vera Krepkina athletics competitor

Vera Samuilovna Krepkina is a retired Russian track athlete who competed for the Soviet Union at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics. At all these Olympics she finished fourth in the 4 × 100 m relay and was eliminated in the heats of the 100 m sprint. In 1960 she also took part in the long jump and won a surprise gold medal with an Olympic record of 6.37 m, ahead of the defending champion Elżbieta Krzesińska and the world record holder Hildrun Claus.

In 1954, she took 3rd, behind Jean Desforges, and Aleksandra Chudina, at the 5th European Championships in Athletics in Bern. In 1954, she won both in long jump and pentathlon at World Student Games in Budapest. In August 1956, she broke the world record in long jump (6.35) in Budapest, and equal in November 1956 in the Melbourne Olympics. In 1959, she won at the 1st Universiade in Turin. In 1962, she took 2nd, behind Tatyana Shchelkanova, at the 7th European Athletics Championships in Belgrade.

Aleksandra Chudina Soviet track and field athlete and volleyball player

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Tatyana Shchelkanova Soviet track and field athlete

Tatyana Shchelkanova was a Soviet long jumper, sprinter and pentathlete who won a bronze medal in the long jump at the 1964 Olympics. In 1961 she set a world record at 6.48 m and extended it to 6.53 m in 1962 to and 6.70 m in 1964. However, in the Olympic final she only managed 6.42 m, while the winner Mary Rand broke the world record at 6.76 m. Shchelkanova won two European titles in the long jump, in 1962 and 1966 (indoor).

She lived in the United States of America [2] from 1981 until 2000, then she came back to Poland. She died 29 December 2015 after long illness. [3]

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  1. Elżbieta Duńska-Krzesińska
  2. Lamb's Polish Roots Lead to Grandmother's Olympic Medals at CalBears.com; by Bob Rose; published July 1, 2003; retrieved August 13, 2015 (via archive.org)
  3. "Nie żyje "Złota Ela" Elżbieta Krzesińska". pzla.pl (in Polish). Polski Związek Lekkiej Atletyki. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.