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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: Qualifying round (64.50 or top 12 to final) (Aug 24)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Up to Paris, the European Champion Fazekas had the best season and was 4-0 versus Olympic Champion Alekna. When it mattered, the Lithuanian shone. In the qualifying round Alekna threw 68.29 first time. In the final his first try was 69.69, his longest in two years. The top six stayed in the same order throughout the second half of the contest, so five-time champion Riedel (36) was left without a medal. Kaptyukh repeated his bronze from Gothenburg.
 These are the official results of the Men's Discus Throw event at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 27 participating athletes, with the final held on Tuesday 26 August 2003.
 
  Discus Throw 26 August
  Final

Event Report Men Discus Throw Final

Reigning Olympic champion and 2001 World Championships silver medallist Virgiljus ALEKNA (LTU) had already showed the others his class in the qualifying ropund. With the others struggling to reach the qualifying standard of 64.50m, Alekna launched his discus to 68.29m on his first throw. The Lithuanian did not have the best start to his season, but managed to get himself into form just before the World Championships. In his last competition before Paris, the Zurich Weltklasse meeting, his first three throws were over 68m, including a season's best of 68.95m.
 
In the final Alekna, already a clear favourite after the qualification, almost killed the competition with his first throw. The discus landed at 69.69m, a season's best for the Olympic champion, and only three centimetres less than Lars RIEDEL'S (GER) winning mark in Edmonton two years ago. "Mister Discus" also had a good start to his competition, especially after all the injury problems he's had during the season. His first throw of 66.28m was only enough for the fourth place, however.
 
The 2002 European champion, Robert FAZEKAS (HUN), the world leading thrower this and also last year, answered with his second throw. Fazekas, unbeaten before the World Championships final, only just beat the Lithuanian in Zurich. The Hungarian's second throw was measured at 69.01m and the fight for the gold was all but finished.
 
The 36-year-old veteran from Belarus, Vasiliy KAPTYUKH, came to Paris with a season's best of only 64.94m. This, however, was not able to stop Kaptyukh, who finished fourth at the 2000 Olympic Games. The Belarussian bettered his season's best in the qualifying round, with 65.76m, and his first throw in the finalù was 66.51, giving him the bronze medal.
 
All the medal throws were seen in the first two rounds of the competition and not much happened after that. Riedel was able to equal his 66.28m in the third round and Alekna was close to his best in the fourth, throwing 68.75m. Fazekas, fighting to avoid his first loss of the season, put everything into his sixth and final attempt. The throw was good, but the distance of 68.78m was not enough to beat Alekna today.
 
Another German, Michael MÖLLENBECK, the Edmonton bronze medallist, was fifth with 66.23m, and Frantz KRUGER (RSA) sixth, 65.26m.
1 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 13 Feb 72 69.69
2 Róbert Fazekas HUN 18 Aug 75 69.01
3 Vasiliy Kaptyukh BLR 27 Jun 67 66.51
4 Lars Riedel GER 28 Jun 67 66.28
5 Michael Möllenbeck GER 12 Dec 69 66.23
6 Frantz Kruger RSA 22 May 75 65.26
7 Aleksander Tammert EST 2 Feb 73 64.50
8 Mario Pestano ESP 8 Apr 78 64.39
9 Carl Brown USA 11 Feb 70 62.66
10 Dmitriy Shevchenko RUS 13 May 68 62.28
11 Jason Tunks CAN 7 May 75 62.21
12 Leonid Cherevko BLR 21 Apr 74 61.90
Final 19.50h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 69.69m 69.69 X 66.14 68.75 X X
2 Robert Fazekas HUN 69.01m 66.86 69.01 X 64.94 65.63 68.78
3 Vasiliy Kaptyukh BLR 66.51m 66.51 66.15 62.79 63.71 64.72 62.62
4 Lars Riedel GER 66.28m 66.28 63.81 66.28 X 65.51 62.67
5 Michael Mollenbeck GER 66.23m 62.27 66.11 65.49 66.23 X X
6 Frantz Kruger RSA 65.26m 65.26 61.28 65.16 60.83 X X
7 Aleksander Tammert EST 64.50m 61.15 63.02 X 64.50 60.88 61.86
8 Mario Pestano ESP 64.39m 64.39 63.92 61.97 61.86 63.29 X
9 Carl Brown USA 62.66m 58.11 61.23 62.66
10 Dmitriy Shevchenko RUS 62.28m 62.24 62.28 61.21
11 Jason Tunks CAN 62.21m 60.61 60.01 62.21
12 Leonid Cherevko BLR 61.90m 58.67 X 61.90
  Qualification 24 August

Men's Discus Throw Qualification

The leading contenders in the men's Discus progressed from this morning's qualifying through to Tuesday night's Final.

Throwing in the first group there were three athletes to reach the automatic qualifying distance of 64.50m. World leader and European champion Robert Fazekas (HUN) was not one of them. He was six centimetres short. He will still progress as one of the top 12.

The three to achieve the standard were World bronze medallist Michael Mollenbeck (GER), Commonwealth Champion Frantz Kruger (RSA) and Vasiliy Kaptyukh (BLR) who produced his season's best throw in the third round.

In Group B five time world champion Lars Riedel (GER) needed only one throw to produce what was required. With no excess of energy expended he threw 64.51m. Come Final time Riedel will be seeking a win that will equal Sergey Bubka's (UKR) record of six world crowns.

Olympic champion Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) showed he will be a force when the medals are decided with a huge first up heave of 68.29m.

  Group A
1 Vasiliy Kaptyukh BLR 27 Jun 67 65.76 Q
2 Michael Möllenbeck GER 12 Dec 69 65.19 Q
3 Frantz Kruger RSA 22 May 75 65.04 Q
4 Róbert Fazekas HUN 18 Aug 75 64.44 q
5 Dmitriy Shevchenko RUS 13 May 68 63.21 q
6 Jason Tunks CAN 7 May 75 63.00 q
7 Mario Pestano ESP 8 Apr 78 62.63 q
8 Sergiu Ursu ROU 26 Apr 80 61.98
9 Jo Van Daele BEL 6 Apr 72 61.64
10 Casey Malone USA 6 Apr 77 61.50
11 Nick Petrucci USA 10 Nov 75 59.58
12 Lois Maikel Martínez CUB 3 Jun 81 57.87
13 Gerd Kanter EST 6 May 79 56.63
  Group B
1 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 13 Feb 72 68.29 Q
2 Lars Riedel GER 28 Jun 67 64.51 Q
3 Aleksander Tammert EST 2 Feb 73 63.53 q
4 Carl Brown USA 11 Feb 70 63.01 q
5 Leonid Cherevko BLR 21 Apr 74 62.46 q
6 Rutger Smith NED 9 Jul 81 61.55
7 Diego Fortuna ITA 14 Feb 68 61.46
8 Libor Malina CZE 14 Jun 73 61.35
9 Zoltán Kővágó HUN 10 Apr 79 61.31
10 Aleksandr Borichevskiy RUS 25 Jun 70 60.21
11 Frank Casañas CUB 18 Oct 78 59.99
12 Chima Ugwu NGR 19 Jul 73 58.13
Gábor Máté HUN 9 Feb 79 NM
Yuriy Bilonoh UKR 9 Mar 74 NM
 
Group A 9.45h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Vasiliy Kaptyukh BLR 65.76m 62.12 63.71 65.76
2 Michael Mollenbeck GER 65.19m 65.19
3 Frantz Kruger RSA 65.04m 62.02 65.04
4 Robert Fazekas HUN 64.44m X 63.70 64.44
5 Dmitriy Shevchenko RUS 63.21m 62.34 62.71 63.21
6 Jason Tunks CAN 63.00m 59.90 61.94 63.00
7 Mario Pestano ESP 62.63m 59.61 59.75 62.63
8 Sergiu Ursu ROM 61.98m X 58.79 61.98
9 Jo Van Daele BEL 61.64m 60.35 60.97 61.64
10 Casey Malone USA 61.50m 61.50 X X
11 Nick Petrucci USA 59.58m X 58.92 59.58
12 Lois Maikel Martinez CUB 57.87m 57.87 56.56 55.14
13 Gerd Kanter EST 56.63m 56.63 X X
Group B 11.35h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Virgilijus Alekna LTU 68.29m 68.29
2 Lars Riedel GER 64.51m 64.51
3 Aleksander Tammert EST 63.53m 63.53 61.33 -
4 Carl Brown USA 63.01m X 63.01 60.86
5 Leonid Cherevko BLR 62.46m 61.46 62.46 X
6 Rutger Smith NED 61.55m 60.57 61.37 61.55
7 Diego Fortuna ITA 61.46m 60.16 61.46 59.47
8 Libor Malina CZE 61.35m 58.37 58.51 61.35
9 Zoltan Kovago HUN 61.31m 61.31 60.63 59.63
10 Aleksandr Borichevskiy RUS 60.21m 60.02 60.21 X
11 Yennifer Frank Casanas CUB 59.99m 59.99 X X
12 Chima Ugwu NGR 58.13m 58.13 58.06 X
- Yuriy Bilonog UKR NM X X X
- Gabor Mate HUN NM X X X

Group A 24 AUG 2003 09:45

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 135 Vasili Kaptyukh BLR BLR 67.59 64.94
2 1132 Sergiu Ursu ROU ROU 63.78 63.78
3 220 Jason Tunks CAN CAN 67.88 65.84
4 1414 Casey Malone USA USA 66.58 64.43
5 1190 Dmitriy Shevchenko RUS RUS 70.54 65.39
6 641 Róbert Fazekas HUN HUN 71.70 70.78
7 1143 Frantz Kruger RSA RSA 70.32 66.70
8 309 Lois Maikel Martínez CUB CUB 64.62 64.62
9 400 Mario Pestano ESP ESP 67.92 64.99
10 112 Jo Van Daele BEL BEL 64.24 63.88
11 575 Michael Möllenbeck GER GER 67.64 67.42
12 413 Gerd Kanter EST EST 66.31 65.27
13 1423 Nick Petrucci USA USA 66.35 66.35

Group B 24 AUG 2003 11:35

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 302 Jennifer Frank Casañas CUB CUB 65.08 65.08
2 131 Leonid Cherevko BLR BLR 65.56 64.73
3 331 Libor Malina CZE CZE 67.13 64.23
4 1351 Yuriy Bilonoh UKR UKR 65.53 65.53
5 1020 Chima Ugwu NGR NGR 64.52 63.91
6 579 Lars Riedel GER GER 71.50 69.50
7 995 Rutger Smith NED NED 64.69 62.70
8 890 Virgilijus Alekna LTU LTU 73.88 68.95
9 1379 Carl Brown USA USA 66.66 66.66
10 647 Zoltán Kövágó HUN HUN 66.93 66.03
11 1161 Aleksandr Borichevskiy RUS RUS 65.08 64.70
12 700 Diego Fortuna ITA ITA 64.69 63.65
13 416 Aleksander Tammert EST EST 67.75 66.63
14 648 Gábor Máté HUN HUN 66.54 65.05
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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