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1900 Olympic Games Paris, France - Men's Discus Throw



Host City: Paris, France Format: Top five in qualifying advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900
(Competitors: 16; Countries: 8)
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Overview by IAAF  velodrome_de_vincennes.png
This is the only throwing event in Olympic history where trees and accuracy played a major part in deciding the competition. The event was held in the Bois de Boulogne with the throwing area lined by trees. Many of the throwers found their best casts going into the undergrowth, with Robert Garrett (three fouls) most notably affected. Of the top throwers only two improved in the finals – Janda-Suk from 35.04 to 35.25, and Sheldon from 34.10 to 34.60, but neither changed any of the placings, although Sheldon’s throw was the longest on the finals day.
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Another Saturday qualifying/Sunday final event, the discus throw event was unaffected by the Sunday competition argument, as only one American qualified for the final, and that athlete, Dick Sheldon, did not withdraw. The biggest problem in the discus was that the landing area was basically a lane through two rows of trees and many of the competitor’s best throws hit the trees. Thus, one had to throw not only long, but accurately. It has been said that defending champion Bob Garrett’s biggest problem was that he kept hitting the trees with his throws. Hungary’s Rudolf Bauer recorded 36.04 metres in qualifying and, although he could do no better on Sunday, it held up as the winning throw.
In the qualification Rudolf Bauer set a new Olympic record with 36.04 metres
Discus Throw Men Final 15 July

No positions changed during the final, despite the leader not being able to improve upon his qualifying marks.

1  Rudolf Bauer (HUN) NM 36.04 m
2  František Janda-Suk (BOH) 35.14 m 35.04 m
3  Richard Sheldon (USA) 34.60 m 34.10 m
4  Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos (GRE) 34.50 m 34.04 m
5  Rezső Crettier (HUN) Unknown 33.65 m
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
NP 35.14 František Janda-Suk Bohemia BOH 22
NP 34.60 Dick Sheldon United States USA 21
NP 34.50 Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos Greece GRE
NP NM Rezső Crettier Hungary HUN 21
NP NM Rudolf Bauer Hungary HUN 21
Discus Throw Men Qualifying Round 14 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 36.04 Q Rudolf Bauer Hungary HUN 21 OR
2 35.04 Q František Janda-Suk Bohemia BOH 22
3 34.10 Q Dick Sheldon United States USA 21
4 34.04 Q Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos Greece GRE
5 33.65 Q Rezső Crettier Hungary HUN 21
6 33.07 Gustaf Söderström Sweden SWE 34
7 33.00 John Flanagan United States USA 32
8T 32.50 Eric Lemming Sweden SWE 20
8T 32.50 Charles Winckler Denmark DEN 33
10 32.00 Josiah McCracken United States USA 26
11T 31.00 Artúr Coray Hungary HUN 18
11T 31.00 Launceston Elliot Great Britain GBR 25
12 30.00 Émile Gontier France FRA 22
13 29.80 Gyula Strausz Hungary HUN 20
AC NM Bob Garrett United States USA 24
AC NM Truxtun Hare United States USA 21
AC Cornelius von Lubowiecki Austria AUT




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