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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Women's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 55.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 10, 1984  
Date Finished: August 11, 1984  
(Competitors: 17; Countries: 14; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Stalman was favourite to win, and she went to the front in round 1 with 64.50. The surprise occurred in round 5 when Deniz threw close to her US record with 64.86 to move ahead. Stalman reacted well, launching the winning throw in the last round. To put the event in perspective, the “Druzhba” meeting in Prague saw Meszynski (GDR) throw a world record 73.36, as seven throwers threw beyond 66m.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The Soviet-led boycott made this a second-class meet, as the best throwers were the women from the USSR, the GDR, and Bulgaria. The favorite to win was Dutchwoman Ria Stalman and she came through. She took the lead in round one with 64.50 (211-7½) but American Leslie Deniz moved ahead in the fifth round with 64.86 (212-9½). Stalman came through in the final round, however, with 65.36 (214-5¼) to win her gold medal. Concurrent with the Olympics, the Eastern Bloc competed at the Spartakiade Meet in Praha, Czechoslovakia. There GDR thrower Irina Meszynski (who never competed in the Olympics) broke the world record with 73.36 (240-8¼). The first seven throwers in that competition bettered Stalman’s gold medal winning throw.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Galina Savinkova (URS) 73.26 m May 22, 1983 Soviet Union Leselidze, Soviet Union
Olympic Record  Evelin Schlaak (GDR) 69.96 m August 1, 1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
 
        Results        
 
Discus Throw Women     Final 11 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 65.36     Ria Stalman Netherlands NED 11 Dec 51  
2 64.86     Leslie Deniz United States USA 25 May 62  
3 63.64     Florenta Craciunescu Romania ROU 7 May 55  
4 62.84     Ulla Lundholm Finland FIN 21 Jan 57  
5 62.58     Meg Ritchie Great Britain GBR 6 Jul 52  
6 58.56     Ingra Manecke West Germany FRG 31 May 56  
7 58.18     Venissa Head Great Britain GBR 1 Sep 56  
8 55.88     Gael Martin Australia AUS 27 Aug 56  
9 55.38     Patricia Walsh Ireland IRL 16 Mar 60  
10 54.84     Laura DeSnoo United States USA 21 Sep 62  
11 53.32     Jiao Yunxiang China CHN 29 May 57  
12 50.16     Lorna Griffin United States USA 9 Jun 56  
Discus Throw Women     Qualification 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 58.28     Ria Stalman Netherlands NED 11 Dec 51  
2 57.84     Florenta Craciunescu Romania ROU 7 May 55  
3 56.44     Ulla Lundholm Finland FIN 21 Jan 57  
4 56.24     Leslie Deniz United States USA 25 May 62  
5 56.20     Ingra Manecke West Germany FRG 31 May 56  
6 56.00     Meg Ritchie Great Britain GBR 6 Jul 52  
7 55.38     Gael Martin Australia AUS 27 Aug 56  
8 55.24     Venissa Head Great Britain GBR 1 Sep 56  
9 54.70     Jiao Yunxiang China CHN 29 May 57  
10 54.42     Patricia Walsh Ireland IRL 16 Mar 60  
11 53.76     Laura DeSnoo United States USA 21 Sep 62  
12 53.34     Lorna Griffin United States USA 9 Jun 56  
13 52.28     Carmen Ionescu Canada CAN 28 Jul 51  
14 50.54     Mariette van Heerden South Africa RSA 22 Nov 52  
15 49.00     Merlene Lewis Jamaica JAM 4 Oct 62  
16 38.32     Agathe Ngo-Nack Cameroon CMR 2 Mar 58  
17 37.94     Christine Bechard Mauritius MRI 27 Feb 63  
 
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Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Ria Stalman (NED) 64.50 61.16 63.70 64.28 63.64 65.36 65.36 m  
2nd  Leslie Deniz (USA) 62.46 X 63.36 62.60 64.86 X 64.86 m  
3rd  Florența Crăciunescu (ROU) 60.68 61.42 62.96 62.08 63.64 X 63.64 m  
4  Ulla Lundholm (FIN) 62.84 X 54.92 55.94 59.72 54.04 62.84 m  
5  Meg Ritchie (GBR) X 55.36 57.66 61.76 62.58 60.40 62.58 m  
6  Ingra Manecke (FRG) 51.66 56.22 X 53.20 X 58.56 58.56 m  
7  Venissa Head (GBR) X 55.56 58.18 X 55.84 55.88 58.18 m  
8  Gael Martin (AUS) 55.88 55.38 54.34 54.94 55.70 53.08 55.88 m  
 
9  Patricia Walsh (IRL) 55.38 51.70 53.32   55.38 m  
10  Laura De Snoo (USA) 53.74 54.84 53.88   54.84 m  
11  Jiao Yunxiang (CHN) X 53.32 X   53.32 m  
12  Lorna Griffin (USA) X 50.16 X   50.16 m  
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