Inese Jaunzeme

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Inese Jaunzeme
Inese Jaunzeme
Medal record
Representing  Soviet Union
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Javelin throw

Inese Jaunzeme (21 May 1932 – 13 February 2011)[1] was a Latvian athlete who competed mainly in the javelin throw.

Born in Pļaviņas, she trained with the Dynamo club in Riga. Jaunzeme was third in the javelin at the USSR Championships in 1956, earning herself a place on the Soviet Olympic team for the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia. She set an Olympic record in the first round of the event and went on to improve her mark twice more, ending up with a winning throw of 53.86 metres. This made her the first Latvian Olympic champion.[2] She was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1957 in recognition of her achievement.

She began training to be a doctor while still competing in the javelin and was the silver medallist at the 1957 World University Games, as well as winning at the championships organised by the International Union of Students (UIE).[3][4] She became a qualified doctor in 1960 and went on to perform in the fields of traumatology and plastic surgery.[2] Jaunzeme was also a Candidate of Medical Science, having defended her dissertation in 1969.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Latvia’s first Olympic champion Inese Jaunzeme dies. European Athletics (2011-02-16). Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  3. WORLD STUDENT GAMES (UIE). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
  4. WORLD STUDENT GAMES (PRE-UNIVERSIADE). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.

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