Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

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Women's high jump
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Date July 27
Competitors 17 from 10 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Esther Brand  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sheila Lerwill  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Aleksandra Chudina  Soviet Union
← 1948
1956 →

The Women's high jump at the 1952 Olympic Games took place on 27 July at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. South African athlete Esther Brand won the gold medal.


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record Netherlands Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED) 1.71 m Amsterdam, Netherlands 30 May 1943
Olympic record  Alice Coachman (USA) 1.68 m London, United Kingdom 7 August 1948

No new records were set during this competition.


Competition consisted of a final round with all 17 contestants.

Rank Athlete 1.35 1.40 1.45 1.50 1.55 1.58 1.61 1.63 1.65 1.67 1.69 Result
1st, gold medalist(s)  Esther Brand (RSA) o o o o o o xo xo xxo xxx 1.67
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Sheila Lerwill (GBR) o xo o o o xxxo xxo xxx 1.65
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Aleksandra Chudina (URS) o o o o xo o xxx 1.63
4  Thelma Hopkins (GBR) o o o xxx 1.58
5  Olga Modrachová (TCH) o o o o o xxx 1.58
6  Fedora Schenk (AUT) o o o xo xxx 1.58
7  Nina Kossova (URS) o o o xxo xxx 1.58
7  Dorothy Tyler (GBR) o o o xxo xxx 1.58
9  Gunhild Larking (SWE) o o o o xxx 1.55
10  Alice Whitty (CAN) o o o o xo xxx 1.55
11  Galina Ganeker (URS) o xo xo xxx 1.55
12  Deyse de Castro (BRA) o xxx 1.50
13  Dawn Josephs (CAN) o o o o xxx 1.50
14  Solveig Ericsson (SWE) o xo o xxx 1.50
15  Seija Pöntinen (FIN) o o xxo xxx 1.50
16  Sisko Heikkilä (FIN) o o xxx 1.40
17  Tamara Metal (ISR) o xo xxx 1.40