Yvette Williams

New Zealand Olympian: 76




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Yvette Williams' place in New Zealand sports history is secure. An Olympic gold medal, four Empire Games golds, a world record... there wasn't much this running, jumping, throwing, hurdling athlete of the early 1950s didn't achieve. She'd have been a natural for the heptathlon, but unfortunately that event did not exist when Williams competed.

Williams, who grew up in Dunedin, is recalled naturally for her dramatic long jump gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and for her world record leap of 6.29m (20ft 7 1/2 in) in Gisborne in 1954. 

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