Thelma Hopkins (athlete)

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Olympic medal record
Women's Athletics
Silver 1956 Melbourne High jump

Thelma Elizabeth Hopkins (born 16 March 1936) is a Northern Irish athlete, who competed in the high and the long jump.

On 5 May 1956 she broke the world record in high jump in Belfast with a jump of 1.74 meters, breaking the record of 1.73 meters set by Aleksandra Chudina of the USSR on 22 May 1954. Her record was broken on 14 July 1956 in Bucharest by Iolanda Balaș of Romania.[1]

Her achievement in breaking the world record is commemorated by a plaque in Cherryvale Playing Fields, South Belfast.

She competed for Great Britain in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the high jump event, where she won the silver medal jointly with Maria Pisareva. In the 1954 Commonwealth Games she won a gold medal.


  1. ^ "World Records for High Jump (Women)". World Records. Cleave Books. Retrieved 2008-02-19.