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1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Stockholm, Sweden Format: Qualifiers were seperated into five groups. Top three throwers qualified for the final.
Date Started: July 12, 1912  
Date Finished: July 12, 1912  
(Competitors: 41; Countries: 15; Finalists: 3)  
    Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Overview by IAAF    1912_olympic_stadium2.jpg
The favourite was James Duncan, who threw a world record of 47.58 some seven weeks before the Games. However, on the day Duncan could only reach 42.28, and that on his third attempt, to edge Finland’s Elmer Niklander out of the final. Another Finn, Armas Taipale – a lanky (1.93/90Kg) type who towered over his American opposition – stepped into the breach. After a poor opening throw, Taipale produced a throw good enough to win the gold medal, 43.91, and then twice improved in the finals, ending up with 45.21, almost 3m ahead of the field. A remarkable athlete, Taipale was capable of throwing 44m with either arm.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Since 1902, the discus throw had been the private property of Martin Sheridan of the United States. He had won the Olympic gold medal in 1904, 1906, and 1908; the AAU Championship in 1904, 1906-07, and 1911; and he also set approximately 16 world records. But after winning the AAU title in 1911, he retired, leaving the 1912 Olympic discus throw wide-open.
There were several challengers for Sheridan’s crown. On 5 August 1911, Finland’s Elmer Niklander broke Sheridan’s world record with a throw of 44.01. But shortly before the Olympics, America’s Jim Duncan shattered that mark by throwing 47.58 on 27 May 1912 in a both hands handicap competition at the New York Post Office Clerk’s Association Games. Duncan also won the eastern U.S. Olympic Trial.
But neither Niklander nor Duncan could match Finland’s Armas Taipale. Taipale led the qualifying easily with a throw of 43.91, which set a new Olympic record. Duncan qualified for the final with 42.28, but Niklander did not qualify, finishing fourth. In the final, Taipale improved even more, setting two more Olympic records with his first and third throws in the final. Duncan did not improve in the final and finished third.
The day after his discus gold medal, Taipale doubled with another gold medal in the both-hands discus competition. In 1920, he added a silver medal in the discus to his overall record. In 1913, he set his only world record, breaking Duncan’s mark with 47.85 at Magdeburg on 20 July 1913. In addition to his gold medal, Taipale was the Challenge Trophy for the discus throw, which had been donated in 1908 by Mrs. G. de Montgomery.
 
        Results          

No fewer than seven throwers beat the old Olympic record of 40.89 metres, beginning with Duncan and Niklander's first throws. Niklander's was the best of the round. The second throw resulted in Mucks joining those who beat the old record, while Taipale, Byrd, and Duncan beat even the new one, with Taipale's 43.91 metres setting a mark no other thrower would reach. Philbrook and Tronner beat the old record in the third throw, but neither was able to break into the top three (all three of whom had scratched with their final preliminary throws, but still maintained top ranks). Niklander, after his first throw, was unable to make another legal mark and fell to fourth, where he finished.

In the final, Byrd and Duncan were unable to improve upon their previous marks, throwing shorter in their first throws and scratching in their second and third throws each. Taipale, on the other hand, regardless of the safety of his lead, threw even further in his first and then his third throw, finishing at 45.21 metres, nearly 3 metres ahead of Byrd.

Discus Throw Men     Final 12 July        
1912 Armas Taipale2.JPG
Armas Taipale during the discus throw competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Silver medalist Richard Byrd.

 

Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.21     Armas Taipale Finland FIN 21 OR  
2 42.32     Dick Byrd United States USA 19    
3 42.28     Jim Duncan United States USA 24    
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group A 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 43.91     Armas Taipale Finland FIN 21 OR  
2 41.24     Hans Tronner Austria AUT 28    
3 39.91     Emil Magnusson Sweden SWE 24    
4 39.69     Einar Nilsson Sweden SWE 20    
5 39.28     Mikhail Dorizas Greece GRE 26    
6 38.44     Josef Waitzer Germany GER 28    
7 38.15     Károly Kobulszky Hungary HUN 24    
8 37.85     Avery Brundage United States USA 24    
9 31.07     Otto Nilsson Sweden SWE 32    
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group B 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 40.93     Arlie Mucks United States USA 20    
2 39.35     Emil Muller United States USA 21    
3 38.60     Verner Järvinen Finland FIN 42    
4 37.91     Larry Whitney United States USA 21    
5 36.37     Samu Fóti Hungary HUN 21    
6 36.07     Carl Johan Lind Sweden SWE 28    
7 32.59     Nikolay Neklepayev Russia RUS      
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group C 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 42.09     Elmer Niklander Finland FIN 22    
2 39.65     Ralph Rose United States USA 28    
3 39.01     Duncan Gillis Canada CAN 29    
4 38.31     František Janda-Suk Bohemia BOH 34    
5 37.44     Gunnar Nilsson Sweden SWE 22    
6 33.30     Mór Kóczán Hungary HUN 27    
7 32.98     Mkrtich Mkryan Turkey TUR 29    
8 31.83     Miroslav Šustera Bohemia BOH 34    
AC NM     Paul Willführ Germany GER 26    
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group D 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 42.32     Dick Byrd United States USA 19    
2 42.28     Jim Duncan United States USA 24    
3 39.82     Rezső Ujlaki Hungary HUN 20    
4 37.24     Emil Welz Germany GER 33    
5 34.87     Josef Schäffer Austria AUT 20    
6 33.73     Marcel Pelletier Luxembourg LUX 24    
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group E 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 40.92     George Philbrook United States USA 27    
2 38.19     Aurelio Lenzi Italy ITA 20    
3 37.88     György Luntzer Hungary HUN 25    
4 36.22     Gunnar Bolander Sweden SWE 22    
5 35.06     Folke Fleetwood Sweden SWE 21    
6 34.73     André Tison France FRA 27    
7 33.61     Walter Henderson Great Britain GBR 31    
8 32.35     Charles Lagarde France FRA 33    
9 32.23     Henning Möller Sweden SWE 26    
10 31.34     Ēriks Vanags Russia RUS 19    
 Detailed List
 
Place Athlete Preliminary Final Best mark
1 2 3 Rank 4 5 6
1  Armas Taipale (FIN) 36.94 43.91 OR 1st 44.34 OR 45.21 OR 45.21
2  Richard Byrd (USA) 37.48 42.32 2nd 41.09 42.32
3  James Duncan (USA) 41.61 42.28 3rd 41.33 42.28
 
4  Elmer Niklander (FIN) 42.09 OR 4th   42.09
5  Hans Tronner (AUT) 39.97 41.24 5th 41.24
6  Arlie Mucks (USA) 40.54 40.93 6th 40.93
7  George Philbrook (USA) 38.14 38.55 40.92 7th 40.92
8  Emil Magnusson (SWE) 39.91 8th 39.91
9  Rezsõ Újlaki (HUN) 39.82 9th 39.82
10  Einar Nilsson (SWE) 37.26 38.77 39.69 10th 39.69
11  Ralph Rose (USA) 37.24 38.82 39.65 11th 39.65
12  Emil Muller (USA) 37.91 38.69 39.35 12th 39.35
13  Michalis Dorizas (GRE) 39.28 13th 39.28
14  Duncan Gillis (CAN) 39.01 14th 39.01
15  Verner Järvinen (FIN) 34.15 38.60 15th 38.60
16  Josef Waitzer (GER) 38.44 16th 38.44
17  František Janda-Suk (BOH) 32.41 36.83 38.31 17th 38.31
18  Aurelio Lenzi (ITA) 35.58 38.19 18th 38.19
19  Károly Kobulszky (HUN) 37.81 38.15 19th 38.15
20  Lawrence Whitney (USA) 34.87 37.91 20th 37.91
21  György Luntzer (HUN) 37.88 21st 37.88
22  Avery Brundage (USA) 37.48 37.85 22nd 37.85
23  Gunnar Nilsson (SWE) 37.44 23rd 37.44
24  Emil Welz (GER) 36.16 37.24 24th 37.24
25  Samu Fóti (HUN) 35.51 36.37 25th 36.37
26  Gunnar Bolander (SWE) 36.22 26th 36.22
27  Carl Lind (SWE) 35.04 36.07 27th 36.07
28  Folke Fleetwood (SWE) 32.09 32.89 35.06 28th 35.06
29  Josef Schäffer (AUT) 34.87 29th 34.87
30  André Tison (FRA) 34.73 30th 34.73
31  Marcel Pelletier (LUX) 33.73 31st 33.73
32  Walter Henderson (GBR) 33.61 32nd 33.61
33  Mór Kóczán (HUN) 33.30 33rd 33.30
34  Mgirdiç Migiryan (TUR) 32.98 34th 32.98
35  Nikolay Neklapaev (RUS) 32.59 35th 32.59
36  Charles Lagarde (FRA) 30.76 32.35 36th 32.35
37  Henning Möller (SWE) 32.23 37th 32.23
38  Miroslav Šustera (BOH) 31.83 38th 31.83
39  Ēriks Vanags (RUS) 31.34 39th 31.34
40  Otto Nilsson (SWE) 31.07 40th 31.07
41  Paul Willführ (GER) 41st None
 

 

 

 

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