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1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands Format: Top six (and ties) advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 1, 1928  
Date Finished: August 1, 1928  
(Competitors: 34; Countries: 19; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Overview by IAAF    Olympic_Stadium_Amsterdam_1928.jpg
Concentrating on the discus and leaving the shot, Houser, who had become world record holder in 1926 with 48.20, produced two efforts further than 47m before Amsterdam and was favourite, though Hans Hoffmeister had thrown an unratified 48.77 a week before the Games. Houser led the qualifiers, but not without some angst, as he registered no valid throw until his third round winning 47.32. Until then, Corson had led with 47.00 ahead of Kivi’s 45.79. Behind them, Hoffmeister had a miserable day, throwing no more than 39.17. His giant (2.02) teammate Ernst Paulus – third ranked prior to Amsterdam – missed sixth place by 2cm with 44.15. Kivi improved to a personal best of 47.23 in the fifth round, while Corson had his best throw in the last round, but neither man improved his position.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Clarence "Bud" Houser was the defending champion and was the world record holder, having recorded 48.20 (158-1¾) in April 1926. Jim Corson led early with 47.00 (154-2½) in the second round, but Houser produced the winning throw in 47.32 (155-3). Finland’s Antero Kivi threw 47.23 (154-11½) to garner the silver medal.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 48.20 United States Bud Houser Palo Alto (USA) April 2, 1926
Olympic Record 46.155 United States Bud Houser Paris (FRA) July 13, 1924

At first James Corson set a new Olympic record in the second round of the qualification with 47.00 metres. In the third round of the qualification Bud Houser bettered the Olympic record with 47.32 metres.

 
        Results          
 
Discus Throw Men     Final 1 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 47.32     Bud Houser United States USA 26 OR  
2 47.23     Antero Kivi Finland FIN 24    
3 47.10     Jim Corson United States USA 22    
4 45.80     Harald Stenerud Norway NOR 31    
5 44.87     John Anderson United States USA 20    
6 44.17     Eino Kenttä Finland FIN 21    
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round 1 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 47.32   Q Bud Houser United States USA 26 OR  
2 47.00   Q Jim Corson United States USA 22    
3 45.79   Q Antero Kivi Finland FIN 24    
4 44.82   Q Harald Stenerud Norway NOR 31    
5 44.25   Q John Anderson United States USA 20    
6 44.17   Q Eino Kenttä Finland FIN 21    
7 44.15     Ernst Paulus Germany GER 31    
8 43.97     Johan Trandem Norway NOR 28    
9 43.81     Fred Weicker United States USA 21    
10 43.09     Gustav Kalkun Estonia EST 30    
11 43.00     Heikki Taskinen Finland FIN 22    
12 42.78     Jānis Jordāns Latvia LAT      
13 42.57     Ketil Askildt Norway NOR 27    
14 42.08     Hermann Hänchen Germany GER 30    
15 41.90     Arturo Conturbia Switzerland SUI 26    
16 41.89     Kálmán Egri Hungary HUN 25    
17 41.78     István Donogán Hungary HUN 30    
18 41.77     Józef Baran-Bilewski Poland POL 29    
19 41.42     Albino Pighi Italy ITA 25    
20 41.19     František Douda Czechoslovakia TCH 19    
21 41.17     Kálmán Marvalits Hungary HUN 26    
22 40.23     Jules Noël France FRA 25    
23 39.95     Camillo Zemi Italy ITA 30    
24 39.80     Gerrit Eijsker Netherlands NED 26    
25 39.17     Hans Hoffmeister Germany GER 27    
26 38.18     Héctor Benaprés Chile CHI 26    
27 37.89     Ichiro Furuyama Japan JPN 21    
28 37.49     Ion David Romania ROU      
29 36.82     Raoul Paoli France FRA 40    
30 36.38     Yoshio Okita Japan JPN 25    
31 35.94     Gerrit Postma Netherlands NED 33    
32 34.35     Fred Zinner Belgium BEL 24    
33 33.21     Jesús Aguirre Mexico MEX      
34 31.87     Dimitrios Karabatis Greece GRE 28    

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Qualification

The best six discus throwers, all four groups counted together, qualified for the final. The throwing order is not available and the throwing series are only available for the best six throwers.

Group 1

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  Antero Kivi (FIN) 45.30 45.00 45.79 45.79 3 Q
2  Johan Trandem (NOR)       43.97 8  
3  Fred Weicker (USA)       43.81 9  
4  István Donogán (HUN)       41.78 17  
5  František Douda (TCH)       41.19 20  
6  Camillo Zemi (ITA)       39.95 23  
7  Gerrit Postma (NED)       35.94 31  
8  Fred Zinner (BEL)       34.35 32  

Group 2

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  James Corson (USA) 44.50 47.00 OR 45.00 47.00 2 Q
2  Harald Stenerud (NOR) 43.00 44.82 43.00 44.82 4 Q
3  Gustav Kalkun (EST)       43.09 10  
4  Jānis Jordāns (LAT)       42.78 12  
5  Hermann Hänchen (GER)       42.08 14  
6  Dimitrios Karabatis (GRE)       31.87 34  

Group 3

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  John Anderson (USA) 43.50 44.25 43.00 44.25 5 Q
2  Eino Kenttä (FIN) 44.17 42.00 43.80 44.17 6 Q
3  Ketil Askilt (NOR)       42.57 13  
4  Arturo Conturbia (SUI)       41.90 15  
5  Kálmán Egri (HUN)       41.89 16  
6  Gerrit Eijsker (NED)       39.80 17  
7  Hans Hoffmeister (GER)       39.17 25  
8  Raoul Paoli (FRA)       36.82 29  
9  Yoshio Okita (JPN)       36.38 30  
10  Jesús Aguirre (MEX)       33.21 33  

Group 4

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  Bud Houser (USA) X X 47.32 47.32 OR 1 Q
2  Ernst Paulus (GER)       44.15 7  
3  Heikki Taskinen (FIN)       43.00 11  
4  Józef Baran-Bilewski (POL)       41.77 18  
5  Albino Pighi (ITA)       41.42 19  
6  Kálmán Marvalits (HUN)       41.17 21  
7  Jules Noël (FRA)       40.23 22  
8  Héctor Benaprés (CHI)       38.18 26  
9  Ichiro Furuyama (JPN)       37.89 27  
10  Ion David (ROU)       37.49 28
 

Final

The final was held on the same day and started at 2 p.m.

Place Athlete Qual. Width 1. 2. 3. Distance
1  Bud Houser (USA) 47.32 45.00 46.50 43.00 47.32 OR
2  Antero Kivi (FIN) 45.79 46.00 47.23 42.00 47.23
3  James Corson (USA) 47.00 45.40 46.50 47.10 47.10
4  Harald Stenerud (NOR) 44.82 43.50 42.00 45.80 45.80
5  John Anderson (USA) 44.25 44.50 44.87 43.00 44.87
6  Eino Kenttä (FIN) 44.17 40.50 41.10 42.00 44.17
 
 

 

 

 

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