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Olympic Events in Athletics - Discus Throw

Discus Throw

 

The discus throw at the Summer Olympics is one of four track and field throwing events held at the multi-sport event. The men's discus throw has been present on the Olympic athletics programme since 1896 (one of two throws events at the first Olympics, alongside the shot put). The women's event was first contested at the 1928 Olympics, being one of the five athletics events in the inaugural Olympic women's programme.

The Olympic records are 69.89 m (229 ft 312 in) for men, set by Virgilijus Alekna in 2004, and 72.30 m (237 ft 214 in) for women, set by Martina Hellmann in 1988.

Two variations on the event have been contested at the Olympics: a two-handed competition at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, with athletes using both left and right arm putting techniques, and a stone throw at the 1906 Intercalated Games.

 
Overview
Sport Athletics
Gender Men and women
Years held Men: 1896 – 2016
Women: 1928 – 2016
Olympic record
Men 69.89 m Virgilijus Alekna (2004)
Women 72.30 m Martina Hellmann (1988)
Reigning champion
Men  Christoph Harting (GER)
Women  Sandra Perković (CRO)
 

History, Records and Statistics of Men's Discus Throw

History, Records and Statistics of Women's Discus Throw

Medalists

Men

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1896 Athens Robert Garrett
 United States
Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos
 Greece
Sotirios Versis
 Greece
1900 Paris Rudolf Bauer
 Hungary
František Janda-Suk
 Bohemia
Richard Sheldon
 United States
1904 St. Louis Martin Sheridan
 United States
Ralph Rose
 United States
Nikolaos Georgantas
 Greece
1908 London Martin Sheridan
 United States
Merritt Giffin
 United States
Bill Horr
 United States
1912 Stockholm Armas Taipale
 Finland
Richard Byrd
 United States
James Duncan
 United States
1920 Antwerp Elmer Niklander
 Finland
Armas Taipale
 Finland
Gus Pope
 United States
1924 Paris Bud Houser
 United States
Vilho Niittymaa
 Finland
Thomas Lieb
 United States
1928 Amsterdam Bud Houser
 United States
Antero Kivi
 Finland
James Corson
 United States
1932 Los Angeles John Anderson
 United States
Henri LaBorde
 United States
Paul Winter
 France
1936 Berlin Ken Carpenter
 United States
Gordon Dunn
 United States
Giorgio Oberweger
 Italy
1948 London Adolfo Consolini
 Italy
Giuseppe Tosi
 Italy
Fortune Gordien
 United States
1952 Helsinki Sim Iness
 United States
Adolfo Consolini
 Italy
James Dillion
 United States
1956 Melbourne Al Oerter
 United States
Fortune Gordien
 United States
Des Koch
 United States
1960 Rome Al Oerter
 United States
Rink Babka
 United States
Dick Cochran
 United States
1964 Tokyo Al Oerter
 United States
Ludvík Daněk
 Czechoslovakia
Dave Weill
 United States
1968 Mexico City Al Oerter
 United States
Lothar Milde
 East Germany
Ludvík Daněk
 Czechoslovakia
1972 Munich Ludvík Daněk
 Czechoslovakia
Jay Silvester
 United States
Ricky Bruch
 Sweden
1976 Montreal Mac Wilkins
 United States
Wolfgang Schmidt
 East Germany
John Powell
 United States
1980 Moscow Viktor Rashchupkin
 Soviet Union
Imrich Bugár
 Czechoslovakia
Luis Delís
 Cuba
1984 Los Angeles Rolf Danneberg
 West Germany
Mac Wilkins
 United States
John Powell
 United States
1988 Seoul Jürgen Schult
 East Germany
Romas Ubartas
 Soviet Union
Rolf Danneberg
 West Germany
1992 Barcelona Romas Ubartas
 Lithuania
Jürgen Schult
 Germany
Roberto Moya
 Cuba
1996 Atlanta Lars Riedel
 Germany
Vladimir Dubrovshchik
 Belarus
Vasiliy Kaptyukh
 Belarus
2000 Sydney Virgilijus Alekna
 Lithuania
Lars Riedel
 Germany
Frantz Kruger
 South Africa
2004 Athens Virgilijus Alekna
 Lithuania
Zoltán Kővágó
 Hungary
Aleksander Tammert
 Estonia
2008 Beijing Gerd Kanter
 Estonia
Piotr Małachowski
 Poland
Virgilijus Alekna
 Lithuania
2012 London Robert Harting
 Germany
Ehsan Haddadi
 Iran
Gerd Kanter
 Estonia
2016 Rio de Janeiro Christoph Harting
 Germany
Piotr Małachowski
 Poland
Daniel Jasinski
 Germany

Multiple medalists

RankAthleteNationOlympicsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Al Oerter  United States (USA) 1956–1968 4 0 0 4
2 Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania (LTU) 2000–2008 2 0 1 3
3 Martin Sheridan  United States (USA) 1904–1908 2 0 0 2
Bud Houser  United States (USA) 1924–1928 2 0 0 2
5 Ludvík Daněk  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 1964–1972 1 1 1 3
6 Armas Taipale  Finland (FIN) 1912–1920 1 1 0 2
Adolfo Consolini  Italy (ITA) 1948–1952 1 1 0 2
Mac Wilkins  United States (USA) 1976–1984 1 1 0 2
Jürgen Schult  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
1988–1992 1 1 0 2
Romas Ubartas  Soviet Union (URS)
 Lithuania (LTU)
1988–1992 1 1 0 2
Lars Riedel  Germany (GER) 1996–2000 1 1 0 2
12 Rolf Danneberg  West Germany (FRG) 1984–1988 1 0 1 2
Gerd Kanter  Estonia (EST) 2008–2012 1 0 1 2
14 Piotr Małachowski  Poland (POL) 2008–2016 0 2 0 2
15 Fortune Gordien  United States (USA) 1948–1956 0 1 1 2
16 John Powell  United States (USA) 1976–1984 0 0 2 2

Medalists by country

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA) 13 9 13 35
2  Germany (GER) 3 2 1 6
3  Lithuania (LTU) 3 0 1 4
4  Finland (FIN) 2 3 0 5
5  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 1 2 1 4
 Italy (ITA) 1 2 1 4
7  East Germany (GDR) 1 2 0 3
8  Hungary (HUN) 1 1 0 2
 Soviet Union (URS) 1 1 0 2
10  Estonia (EST) 1 0 2 3
11  West Germany (FRG) 1 0 1 2
12  Poland (POL) 0 2 0 2
13  Greece (GRE) 0 1 2 3
14  Belarus (BLR) 0 1 1 2
15  Bohemia (BOH) 0 1 0 1
 Iran (IRI) 0 1 0 1
17  Cuba (CUB) 0 0 2 2
18  France (FRA) 0 0 1 1
 South Africa (RSA) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1

Intercalated Games

The 1906 Intercalated Games were held in Athens and at the time were officially recognised as part of the Olympic Games series, with the intention being to hold a games in Greece in two-year intervals between the internationally held Olympics. However, this plan never came to fruition and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) later decided not to recognise these games as part of the official Olympic series. Some sports historians continue to treat the results of these games as part of the Olympic canon.

Martin Sheridan, the Olympic champion in 1904 and 1908, won the 1906 title as well. A 1904 medallist, Nikolaos Georgantas, was runner-up, while Verner Järvinen took the bronze medal in addition to the Greek-style event gold medal he won at the 1906 Games.

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1906 Athens  Martin Sheridan (USA)  Nikolaos Georgantas (GRE)  Verner Järvinen (FIN)

Women

GamesGoldSilverBronze
1928 Amsterdam Halina Konopacka
 Poland
Lillian Copeland
 United States
Ruth Svedberg
 Sweden
1932 Los Angeles Lillian Copeland
 United States
Ruth Osburn
 United States
Jadwiga Wajs
 Poland
1936 Berlin Gisela Mauermayer
 Germany
Jadwiga Wajs
 Poland
Paula Mollenhauer
 Germany
1948 London Micheline Ostermeyer
 France
Edera Gentile
 Italy
Jacqueline Mazéas
 France
1952 Helsinki Nina Romashkova
 Soviet Union
Yelisaveta Bagriantseva
 Soviet Union
Nina Dumbadze
 Soviet Union
1956 Melbourne Olga Fikotová
 Czechoslovakia
Irina Beglyakova
 Soviet Union
Nina Romashkova
 Soviet Union
1960 Rome Nina Romashkova
 Soviet Union
Tamara Press
 Soviet Union
Lia Manoliu
 Romania
1964 Tokyo Tamara Press
 Soviet Union
Ingrid Lotz
 United Team of Germany
Lia Manoliu
 Romania
1968 Mexico City Lia Manoliu
 Romania
Liesel Westermann
 West Germany
Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek
 Hungary
1972 Munich Faina Melnik
 Soviet Union
Argentina Menis
 Romania
Vasilka Stoeva
 Bulgaria
1976 Montreal Evelin Schlaak
 East Germany
Mariya Vergova
 Bulgaria
Gabriele Hinzmann
 East Germany
1980 Moscow Evelin Jahl
 East Germany
Mariya Petkova
 Bulgaria
Tatyana Lesovaya
 Soviet Union
1984 Los Angeles Ria Stalman
 Netherlands
Leslie Deniz
 United States
Florența Crăciunescu
 Romania
1988 Seoul Martina Hellmann
 East Germany
Diana Gansky
 East Germany
Tsvetanka Khristova
 Bulgaria
1992 Barcelona Maritza Martén
 Cuba
Tsvetanka Khristova
 Bulgaria
Daniela Costian
 Australia
1996 Atlanta Ilke Wyludda
 Germany
Natalya Sadova
 Russia
Ellina Zvereva
 Belarus
2000 Sydney Ellina Zvereva
 Belarus
Anastasia Kelesidou
 Greece
Iryna Yatchenko
 Belarus
2004 Athens Natalya Sadova
 Russia
Anastasia Kelesidou
 Greece
Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová
 Czech Republic
2008 Beijing Stephanie Brown Trafton
 United States
Yarelys Barrios
 Cuba
Olena Antonova
 Ukraine
2012 London Sandra Perković
 Croatia
Li Yanfeng
 China
Yarelys Barrios
 Cuba
2016 Rio de Janeiro Sandra Perković
 Croatia
Mélina Robert-Michon
 France
Denia Caballero
 Cuba
 

Multiple medalists

RankAthleteNationOlympicsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Nina Romashkova  Soviet Union (URS) 1952–1960 2 0 1 3
2 Evelin Jahl  East Germany (GDR) 1976–1980 2 0 0 2
Sandra Perković  Croatia (CRO) 2012–2016 2 0 0 2
4 Lillian Copeland  United States (USA) 1928–1932 1 1 0 2
Tamara Press  Soviet Union (URS) 1960–1964 1 1 0 2
Natalya Sadova  Russia (RUS) 1996–2004 1 1 0 2
7 Lia Manoliu  Romania (ROU) 1960–1968 1 0 2 3
8 Ellina Zvereva  Belarus (BLR) 1996–2000 1 0 1 2
9 Mariya Petkova  Bulgaria (BUL) 1976–1980 0 2 0 2
Anastasia Kelesidou  Greece (GRE) 2000–2004 0 2 0 2
11 Jadwiga Wajs  Poland (POL) 1932–1936 0 1 1 2
Tsvetanka Khristova  Bulgaria (BUL) 1988–1992 0 1 1 2
Yarelys Barrios  Cuba (CUB) 2008–2012 0 1 1 2

Medalists by country

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union (URS) 4 3 3 10
2  East Germany (GDR) 3 1 1 5
3  United States (USA) 2 3 0 5
4  Germany (GER)[nb] 2 1 1 4
5  Croatia (CRO) 2 0 0 2
6  Romania (ROU) 1 1 3 5
7  Cuba (CUB) 1 1 2 4
8  France (FRA) 1 1 1 3
 Poland (POL) 1 1 1 3
10  Russia (RUS) 1 1 0 2
11  Belarus (BLR) 1 0 2 4
12  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 1 0 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 1 0 0 1
14  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 3 2 5
15  Greece (GRE) 0 2 0 2
16  China (CHN) 0 1 0 1
 Italy (ITA) 0 1 0 1
 West Germany (FRG) 0 1 0 1
19  Australia (AUS) 0 0 1 1
 Czech Republic (CZE) 0 0 1 1
 Hungary (HUN) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1
 Ukraine (UKR) 0 0 1 1
  • nb The German total includes teams both competing as Germany and the United Team of Germany, but not East or West Germany.

 

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