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New Zealand's 25 greatest Olympians: Number 3

Yvette Williams, centre, recieves her gold medal alongside United Kingdom bronze medal-winner Shirley Cawley, right, and USSR silver medal-winner Alexandra Chudina.

Olympic trailblazer Yvette Corlett became the first woman to win Olympic gold for New Zealand when she won the women's long jump in Helsinki in 1952.

Corlett's mark of 6.24m at the 1952 Games was also an Olympic record - and two years later, she leaped a further 4cm to break the women's long jump world record.

With no New Zealand success in 1948 at London, hers was the country's first Olympic medal since Jack Lovelock stormed to 1500m glory at Berlin 16 years earlier, and the only gold by a Kiwi female until boardsailor Barbara Kendall triumphed in 1992.