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1904 Olympic Games St. Louis, United States - Men's Discus Throw



Host City: St. Louis, United States Format: Final only.
Date Started: September 3, 1904
Date Finished: September 3, 1904
(Competitors: 6; Countries: 2)
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Overview by IAAF  Francis_Field_1904.jpg
Sheridan had won the US title from Mitchel in June and was slight favourite to win, though Rose, particularly after his shot win, was clearly a threat. As the athletes warmed up, it was the Greek, Yeorgantas, who won the most plaudits. The sculpted physique (1.81/85Kg) and classic style of throwing from the standing position without “making two turns and twisting his body in all shapes”, as recounted by Charles Lucas, “was as nearly perfect to the style of discus throwers of old as could be looked for.” The Greek managed 37.68 which was good enough for third place. The two top Americans were tied with 39.28, and the only “throw-off” in Olympic history then took place, with Sheridan winning 38.96 to Rose’s 36.75.
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The 1904 AAU champion, Martin Sheridan, was a slight favorite but Ralph Rose was given a good chance, as was Greece's Nikolaos Georgantas. After six throws, Rose and Sheridan were tied, and had a throw-off of the tie, in which each was accorded another three throws. This was won by Sheridan by 7'3 1/2).
Martin Sheridan was an Irish immigrant who was inspired to take up athletics by his brother Richard, who won the discus throw at the 1902 AAU championships. Sheridan eventually became one of the great athletes of his time, setting several world discus records, winning nine Olympic medals (five gold), and three times winning the AAU title in the all-around championship.
At first Ralph Rose set a new Olympic record with 39.28 metres, later Martin Sheridan equalized his record.
Discus Throw Men Final 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 39.28 Martin Sheridan United States USA 23 OR
2 39.28 Ralph Rose United States USA 20 OR
3 37.68 Nikolaos Georgantas Greece GRE 24
4 36.14 John Flanagan United States USA 36
5 John Biller United States USA 26
6 Jim Mitchel United States USA 40




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