Olympic legend Yvette Williams to be farewelled on Friday

The funeral of New Zealand's first female Olympic gold medallist will take place in Auckland on Friday.

Yvette Williams died on April 13, aged 89. She was a track and field athlete, who held the world record in the women's long jump in ther prime.

Williams took home the gold from the 1952 Helsinki Games, becoming the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic event.

She leapt 6.24m and two years later set the world record of 6.28m.

Athletics New Zealand said earlier this month she "leaves behind a huge legacy in the sport that we love. Our thoughts are with Yvette's family and friends".

Sports Minister Grant Robertson called her "an extraordinary athlete, who blazed a trail for NZ women. RIP Yvette".

Her funeral will take place in Botany.