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Faina Melnik
U.S.S.R.
DATE OF BIRTH
Thursday, 6th September 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH
Bakota, Ukraine.
EVENT(S):
Discus
CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCES:
Olympics: 1972 Gold discus European: 1971 Gold discus, 1974 Gold discus.
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Photo/Foto: Ed Lacey Date: 25th August 1975
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:    1972 Olympic discus champion
Faina Melnik was the outstanding female discus thrower of the 1970's. At her first major International competition, the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki, she not only won but set a World record of 64.22 metres. The following year, at the Munich Olympic Games, she was in equally dominate form and again established another World record (with her final throw) of 66.62 metres. During the contest she had broke the Olympic record three times, with each of her three final throws. From 1971 to 1977 she ranked number one in the World and threw her best distance of 70.50 metres in 1976, the year she actually failed to win an Olympic medal. She only placed fourth at the Montreal Games but her 70.50 throw that year was the first ever 70 metres plus throw by a woman. She took her second European title in 1974 at Rome with a throw of exactly 69.00 metres and in 1977 won the inaugural World Cup, in Dusseldorf. At her third European Championships, Prague 1978, she finish fifth with 62.30 metres.
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