Tamara Press

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Tamara Press
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold 1960 Rome Shot put
Gold 1964 Tokyo Shot put
Gold 1964 Tokyo Discus throw
Silver 1960 Rome Discus throw
European Championships
Gold 1958 Stockholm Discus throw
Gold 1962 Belgrade Shot put
Gold 1962 Belgrade Discus throw
Bronze 1958 Stockholm Shot put
Gold 1961 Sofia Discus throw
Gold 1963 Porto Alegre Discus throw

Tamara Natanovna Press[nb 1] is a Soviet former athlete.[1][2] She was born on 10 May 1937 to Jewish parents[3] in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She competed internationally for the Soviet Union in the 1960s as a shot putter and discus thrower.[4]


Tamara Press competed for VSS Trud. Together with her younger sister, Irina Press, who was also a track athlete, she was half of the "Press Sisters", a duo who won almost everything that there was to win in track and field, except for distance running.

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, Tamara won the gold medal in the shot put and the silver medal in the discus. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, she won the gold medal in both events. In the shot put and in the discus throw she set six world records.

Tamara was also successful in the European championships. In 1958 in Stockholm she was third in the shot put, and in 1962 in Belgrade she was the European champion in the shot put as well as the discus.

Questions regarding gender[edit]

Both sisters were accused of actually being men. Others thought that they might be hermaphrodites, or that they were being injected with male hormones in order to make them stronger. Detractors called them the "Press Brothers".[5] However, both sisters had left the sporting scene by the time that gender verification for all international sporting female events was made mandatory in 1966 (curtailed in Sydney in 2000).

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Russian: Тамара Натановна Пресс) (Ukrainian: Тамара Натанівна Пресс, Tamara Natanivna Press

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Preceded by
Soviet Union Nina Dumbadze
Women's Discus World Record Holder
12 September 1960 – 5 November 1967
Succeeded by
West Germany Liesel Westermann