First official world record: 48.31 Gisela Mauermayer GER 1936
First over 50m: 50.50 Nina Dumbadze URS 1946
First over 60m: 61.26 Liesel Westermann FRG 1967
First over 65m: 65.42 Faina Melnik URS 1972
First over 70m: 70.20 Faina Melnik 1975
First over 75m: 76.80 Gabriele Reinsch GDR 1988
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Most durable world record: 76.80 Gabriele Reinsch 1988 (19 years)
Most competitions over 72m: Diana Gansky GDR 15
Most Olympic titles:
2 Nina Ponomaryova URS 1952/1960
2 Evelin Jahl GDR 1976/1980
Most World titles: 3 Franka Dietzsch GER 1999/2005/2007
Youngest Olympic/World champion: Evelin Jahl 1976 (20)
Oldest: Ellina Zvereva BLR 2001 (40)
Three all time greats
Lia Manoliu (ROM): At her fifth Games (1968) she became at 36 the oldest of all women's Olympic champions and went on to compete in 1972 for a record sixth appearance.
Faina Melnik (URS): The 1972 Olympic champion established 11 world records between 1971 and 1976, record number ten being a barrier-breaking 70.20m.
Evelin Jahl (GDR): Only 20 when, as Evelin Schlaak, she lifted her first Olympic crown in 1976, she won again four years later. In between those successes she set world records of 70.72m and 71.50m.