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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those reaching 47.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 27, 1956
Date Finished: November 27, 1956
(Competitors: 20; Countries: 15; Finalists: 16)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Gordien topped the world list with his US Trials win of 57.21, with Consolini just behind with a new European record of 56.85. Rated just behind them was the 20 year-old Oerter, who led the qualifiers with 51.18. Gordien was content to make the final with 47.66. The definitive Olympic competitor, Oerter watched Gordien reach 54.75, and later said “I really was keyed up, and felt inspired.” The result – a lifetime best of 56.36 and the Olympic record. The big (1.91/107Kg) third year university student produced two more throws beyond the best the rest could muster, which was 54.81 by Gordien in the final round. Consolini had an off-day, and the bronze was won by Koch; the American eventually out-threw the surprising Pharaoh, who savaged the British record with his fifth round 54.27 to finish just 13cm behind Koch. Oerter later said of his win “I don’t know how I did it, everything just went right.”
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Fortune Gordien was the world record holder with 59.28 (194-6) set in August 1953. He led the year list with 57.21 (187-8½), set in winning the US Olympic Trials. The 1948 gold medalist Adolfo Consolini had won the last three European Championships and had set a European record of 56.85 (186-6¼) in 1956, and was a slight favorite. The other Americans were collegiate football star and 1955 NCAA Champion Des Koch, and the very young Al Oerter, who was not well known. Gordien opened in round one with 54.75 (179-7½), and Oerter threw after him, recording a lifetime best of 56.36 (184-11). That mark would hold up for Oerter, with Gordien getting silver, and Koch completing the American sweep. Al Oerter won the gold medal. A legend was in the making.
 
 
Results
Discus Throw Men Final 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 56.36 Al Oerter United States USA 20 OR
2 54.81 Fortune Gordien United States USA 34
3 54.40 Des Koch United States USA 24
4 54.27 Mark Pharaoh Great Britain GBR 25
5 52.37 Oto Grigalka Soviet Union URS 31
6 52.21 Adolfo Consolini Italy ITA 39
7 51.82 Ferenc Klics Hungary HUN 32
8 51.69 Dako Radošević Yugoslavia YUG 22
9 51.38 Boris Matveyev Soviet Union URS 26
10 50.72 Gerry Carr Great Britain GBR 20
11 49.89 Günther Kruse Argentina ARG 22
12 48.58 Kim Bukhantsov Soviet Union URS 24
13 48.49 Fanie du Plessis South Africa RSA 26
14 48.28 Erik Uddebom Sweden SWE 22
15 47.24 Mesulame Rakuro Fiji FIJ 24
16 46.00 Hernán Haddad Chile CHI 28
 
Discus Throw Men Qualifying Round 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 51.19 Q Al Oerter United States USA 20
2 50.69 Q Fanie du Plessis South Africa RSA 26
3 49.93 Q Adolfo Consolini Italy ITA 39
4 49.65 Q Kim Bukhantsov Soviet Union URS 24
5 48.98 Q Mark Pharaoh Great Britain GBR 25
6 48.97 Q Boris Matveyev Soviet Union URS 26
7 48.44 Q Erik Uddebom Sweden SWE 22
8 48.21 Q Mesulame Rakuro Fiji FIJ 24
9 48.11 Q Oto Grigalka Soviet Union URS 31
10 47.93 Q Dako Radošević Yugoslavia YUG 22
11 47.87 Q Günther Kruse Argentina ARG 22
12 47.67 Q Fortune Gordien United States USA 34
13 47.48 Q Hernán Haddad Chile CHI 28
14 47.31 Q Ferenc Klics Hungary HUN 32
15 47.15 Q Gerry Carr Great Britain GBR 20
16 47.14 Q Des Koch United States USA 24
17 46.62 Tadeusz Rut Poland POL 25
18 46.18 Pierre Alard France FRA 19
19 44.88 Muhammad Ayub Pakistan PAK 24
20 44.24 Ves Balodis Australia AUS 23

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Final 15:25 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1. Alfred Oerter USA 56.36m 56.36 53.81 53.22 55.08 53.28 54.93
2. Fortune Gordien USA 54.81m 54.75 49.18 51.40 53.84 52.75 54.81
3. Des Koch USA 54.40m 50.53 X 53.55 53.64 54.40 54.03
4. Mark Pharaoh GBR 54.27m 52.52 X 52.36 49.85 54.27 53.16
5. Otto Grigalka URS 52.37m 51.25 50.09 52.37 49.44 X 50.12
6. Adolfo Consolini ITA 52.21m 51.92 52.21 52.13 X 51.29 52.01
7. Ferenc Klics HUN 51.82m 51.75 51.82 51.61
8. Dako Radosevic YUG 51.69m 50.99 51.26 51.69
9. Boris Matveyev URS 51.38m 50.59 49.63 51.38
10.Gerald Carr GBR 50.72m 48.03 50.72 48.98
11.Gunther Kruse ARG 49.89m 49.12 45.92 49.89
12.Kim Bukhantsov URS 48.58m 48.58 47.75 46.86
13.Fanie du Plessis RSA 48.49m 48.49 46.23 43.31
14.Erik Uddebom SWE 48.28m 48.28 47.89 44.72
15.Mesulame Rakuro FIJ 47.24m 46.45 47.24 44.60
16.Hernan Haddad CHI 46.00m X 46.00 X
Qualification Round - Tuesday 27.11 - mark 47.00m - 16 Athletes
Group 10:00 Team Dist. 2. 3. 4.
1. Alfred Oerter USA 51.19m 51.19 - -
2. Fanie du Plessis SAF 50.69m 50.69 - -
3. Adolfo Consolini ITA 49.93m 49.93 - -
4. Kim Bukhantsov URS 49.65m 49.65 - -
5. Mark Pharaoh GBR 48.98m 48.98 - -
6. Boris Matveyev URS 48.97m 43.62 48.97 -
7. Erik Uddebom SWE 48.44m 48.44 - -
8. Mesulame Rakuro FIJ 48.21m 48.21 - -
9. Otto Grigalka URS 48.11m 48.11 - -
10.Dako Radosevic YUG 47.93m 47.93 - -
11.Gunther Kruse ARG 47.87m 46.28 47.87 -
12.Fortune Gordien USA 47.67m 47.67 - -
13.Hernan Haddad CHI 47.48m 47.48 - -
14.Ferenc Klics HUN 47.31m 47.31 - -
15.Gerald Carr GBR 47.15m 47.15 - -
16.Des Koch USA 47.14m 47.14 - -
17.Tadeusz Rut POL 46.62m 42.69 46.62 46.23
18.Pierre Alard FRA 46.18m 38.24 46.18 44.36
19.Muhammad Ayub PAK 44.88m 40.93 41.79 44.88
20.Ves Balodis AUS 44.24m 44.24 X 42.36
 
 

 

 

 

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