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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 62.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 8, 1984  
Date Finished: August 10, 1984  
(Competitors: 20; Countries: 14; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
As in so many events, the 1984 boycott affected the discus as the best two throwers of the year – Imrich Bugár (TCH) and Luís Delís (CUB) – were not in Los Angeles. The American trio was expected to sweep the medals, with the old firm of Wilkins and Powell fighting out for the gold. Wilkins led the qualifiers with 65.86 and improved to 65.96 with his first throw of the final. Grouped behind him were Danneberg (64.74), Hjeltnes (64.72) and Powell (64.68). Danneberg, who had slipped to third behind Hjeltnes’ 65.28, was very much the number three German before LA, finishing third in the German trials. He had a poor international championship record, having failed to qualify for the 1982 European final, but in the fourth round he sent the discus out to 66.60. Wilkins replied with a gold medal throw, but again foot fouled, and then reached 66.30. Danneberg went over 66m again in the final round, and Powell then had his best throw, 65.46, to take the bronze medal. “I did everything right, except win, ” said Wilkins.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The Soviet boycott prevented Imrich Bugár (TCH), the 1983 World Champion and 1982 European Champion, from competing. Also absent was 1980 bronze medalist and 1983 Pan American Champion Luis Delís (CUB). In their absence the American trio of 1976 gold medalist Mac Wilkins, John Powell, and Art Burns was expected to dominate and possibly sweep the medals. Wilkins took the lead in round one with 65.96 (216-5). But in round four, Rolf Danneberg (FRG) threw 66.60 (218-6) which would win the gold medal in a major upset. Wilkins improved to 66.30 (217-6¼) in round five but it was only good for silver. Powell did get a bronze medal, with Burns fifth, trailing Norway's Knut Hjeltnes.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Yuriy Dumchev (URS) 71.86 m May 29, 1983 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
Olympic Record  Mac Wilkins (USA) 68.28 m July 24, 1976 Canada Montréal, Canada
 
        Results      
 
Discus Throw Men     Final 10 August    
               
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date
1 66.60     Rolf Danneberg West Germany FRG 1 Mar 53
2 66.30     Mac Wilkins United States USA 15 Nov 50
3 65.46     John Powell United States USA 25 Jun 47
4 65.28     Knut Hjeltnes Norway NOR 8 Dec 51
5 64.98     Art Burns United States USA 19 Jul 54
6 64.72     Alwin Wagner West Germany FRG 11 Aug 50
7 63.50     Luciano Zerbini Italy ITA 16 Feb 60
8 63.22     Stefan Fernholm Sweden SWE 2 Jul 59
9 62.32     Erik de Bruin Netherlands NED 25 May 63
10 61.36     Robert Weir Great Britain GBR 4 Feb 61
11 60.30     Konstantinos Georgakopoulos Greece GRE 14 Jul 63
  NM     Marco Martino Italy ITA 21 Feb 60
Discus Throw Men     Qualification 8 August    
               
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date
1 65.86     Mac Wilkins United States USA 15 Nov 50
2 63.48     Rolf Danneberg West Germany FRG 1 Mar 53
3 63.44     Luciano Zerbini Italy ITA 16 Feb 60
4 62.92     John Powell United States USA 25 Jun 47
5 62.84     Stefan Fernholm Sweden SWE 2 Jul 59
6 62.60     Art Burns United States USA 19 Jul 54
7 61.56     Erik de Bruin Netherlands NED 25 May 63
8 61.56     Alwin Wagner West Germany FRG 11 Aug 50
9 60.94     Konstantinos Georgakopoulos Greece GRE 14 Jul 63
10 60.92     Robert Weir Great Britain GBR 4 Feb 61
11 60.80     Knut Hjeltnes Norway NOR 8 Dec 51
12 60.76     Marco Martino Italy ITA 21 Feb 60
13 59.92     Werner Hartmann West Germany FRG 20 Apr 59
14 59.34     Rob Gray Canada CAN 5 Oct 56
15 57.66     Richard Slaney Great Britain GBR 16 May 56
16 53.70     Brad Cooper Bahamas BAH 30 Jun 57
17 51.90     Henry Smith Samoa SAM  
18 41.10     Dominique Bechard Mauritius MRI 21 Oct 63
 
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Qualifying round

  • Held on August 8, 1984
 Final
Rank Group A Distance 1 2 3
1.  Rolf Danneberg (FRG) 63.48 m 59.66 63.48
2.  John Powell (USA) 62.92 m 62.92
3.  Kostas Georgakopoulos (GRE) 60.94 m 60.74 60.66 60.94
4.  Robert Weir (GBR) 60.92 m X X 60.92
5.  Knut Hjeltnes (NOR) 60.80 m 60.80 59.32 X
6.  Marco Martino (ITA) 60.76 m 59.58 60.76 X
7.  Werner Hartmann (FRG) 59.92 m 57.90 59.88 59.92
8.  Bradley Cooper (BAH) 53.70 m X 52.06 53.70
9.  Henry Smith (SAM) 51.90 m 51.28 50.94 51.90
10.  Dominique Bechard (MRI) 41.10 m 39.84 41.10 40.24
 Marco Bucci (ITA) DNS
Rank Group B Distance 1 2 3
1.  Mac Wilkins (USA) 65.86 m 60.54 65.86
2.  Luciano Zerbini (ITA) 63.44 m 63.44
3.  Stefan Fernholm (SWE) 62.84 m X 62.84
4.  Art Burns (USA) 62.60 m 62.60
5.  Erik de Bruin (NED) 61.56 m 60.76 61.06 61.56
6.  Alwin Wagner (FRG) 61.56 m X 61.56 X
7.  Rob Gray (CAN) 59.34 m 56.38 56.62 59.34
8.  Richard Slaney (GBR) 57.66 m 56.02 56.78 57.66
 Mohamed Naguib Hamed (EGY) NM X
 Vésteinn Hafsteinsson (ISL) [1] DSQ 59.02 55.98 59.58
Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Rolf Danneberg (FRG) 64.74 X 63.64 66.60 X 66.22 66.60 m  
2nd  Mac Wilkins (USA) 65.96 X 65.20 X 66.30 X 66.30 m  
3rd  John Powell (USA) 64.68 63.34 64.12 64.06 65.14 65.46 65.46 m  
4  Knut Hjeltnes (NOR) 64.72 62.40 65.28 63.78 62.50 64.32 65.28 m  
5  Art Burns (USA) 63.72 X X X 63.32 64.98 64.98 m  
6  Alwin Wagner (FRG) 61.82 62.76 62.70 63.94 61.16 64.72 64.72 m  
7  Luciano Zerbini (ITA) 60.18 61.14 63.50 X X 60.14 63.50 m  
8  Stefan Fernholm (SWE) 63.08 X 62.20 63.22 62.20 59.82 63.22 m  
 
9  Erik de Bruin (NED) 56.88 62.32 60.10   62.32 m  
10  Robert Weir (GBR) 59.86 61.36 X   61.36 m  
11  Kostas Georgakopoulos (GRE) X 59.16 60.30   60.30 m  
 Marco Martino (ITA) X X X   NM
 
 
 

 

 

 

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