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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 62.50 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 29, 1996  
Date Finished: July 31, 1996  
(Competitors: 39; Countries: 30; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF    1996_olympic_stadium.jpg
Lars Riedel had won three world titles by the time of Atlanta but his failure to qualify for the Barcelona final gave him a big incentive for the ’96 Olympics. Having led the 39 throwers in the qualifying with 64.66, Riedel had one chance left following two foul throws in the final. After a toilet break, he responded by throwing 65.40 for fourth position. Ahead of him were Dubrovshchik, the tough Belarussian who threw 66.60 in the second round, and his teammate Kaptyukh who was in second with 65.80. Anthony Washington, America’s best, was just 2cm ahead of the German. Riedel, possibly the finest natural talent the event had seen (Al Oerter was left openpmouthed in wonderment at Riedel’s physique when the two met for the first time) had to wait until the fifth round before producing a throw commensurate with his talent. His 69.40 was an Olympic record, and his final throw of 69.24 also exceeded the old record.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Germany’s Lars Riedel had won the World Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1995. He led the qualifying in Atlanta with 64.66 (212-1¾), but fouled his first two throws in the final. In round three he got out to 65.40 (214-6¾) which put him in fourth place and into the final rounds. In round five he came thru with 69.40 (227-8¼) to finally win an Olympic gold medal. In 1997 he won his fourth consecutive World Championship. Behind him in Atlanta, two Belarussian throwers, Vladimir Dubrovshchik and Vasily Kaptyukh, won the silver and bronze medals.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics
World Record  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 m June 6, 1986 East Germany Neubrandenburg, East Germany
Olympic Record  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 68.82 m October 1, 1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Season Best  Anthony Washington (USA) 71.14 m May 22, 1996 United States Salinas, United States
Broken records during the 1996 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Lars Riedel (GER) 69.40 m July 31, 1996 United States Atlanta, United States
 
        Results        
 
Discus Throw Men     Final 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 69.40     Lars Riedel Germany GER 28 Jun 67  
2 66.60     Vladimir Dubrovshchik Belarus BLR 7 Jan 72  
3 65.80     Vasiliy Kaptyukh Belarus BLR 27 Jun 67  
4 65.42     Anthony Washington United States USA 16 Jan 66  
5 65.30     Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania LTU 13 Feb 72  
6 64.62     Jürgen Schult Germany GER 11 May 60  
7 63.82     Vitaliy Sidorov Ukraine UKR 23 Mar 70  
8 62.78     Vaclovas Kidykas Lithuania LTU 17 Oct 61  
9 62.70     Alexis Elizalde Cuba CUB 19 Sep 67  
10 62.28     Attila Horváth Hungary HUN 28 Jul 67  
11 60.62     Sergey Lyakhov Russia RUS 1 Mar 68  
12 56.30     Adam Setliff United States USA 15 Dec 69  
Discus Throw Men     Qualification 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 64.66     Lars Riedel Germany GER 28 Jun 67  
2 64.50     Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania LTU 13 Feb 72  
3 63.66     Anthony Washington United States USA 16 Jan 66  
4 63.42     Vitaliy Sidorov Ukraine UKR 23 Mar 70  
5 63.22     Vladimir Dubrovshchik Belarus BLR 7 Jan 72  
6 62.90     Attila Horváth Hungary HUN 28 Jul 67  
7 62.74     Vaclovas Kidykas Lithuania LTU 17 Oct 61  
8 62.58     Jürgen Schult Germany GER 11 May 60  
9 62.42     Sergey Lyakhov Russia RUS 1 Mar 68  
10 62.36     Adam Setliff United States USA 15 Dec 69  
11 62.22     Alexis Elizalde Cuba CUB 19 Sep 67  
12 62.22     Vasiliy Kaptyukh Belarus BLR 27 Jun 67  
13 62.04     Nick Sweeney Ireland IRL 26 Mar 68  
14 61.82     John Godina United States USA 31 May 72  
15 61.64     Robert Weir Great Britain GBR 4 Feb 61  
16 61.36     Ramón Jiménez-Gaona Paraguay PAR 10 Apr 69  
17 60.98     Adewale Olukoju Nigeria NGR 27 Jul 68  
18 60.20     Li Shaojie China CHN 26 Nov 75  
19 60.08     Diego Fortuna Italy ITA 14 Feb 68  
20 59.86     Marek Bílek Czech Republic CZE 7 Jan 73  
21 59.60     Svein Inge Valvik Norway NOR 20 Sep 56  
22 59.22     Roberto Moya Cuba CUB 11 Feb 65  
23 59.16     Dashdendev Makhashiri Mongolia MGL 13 Jan 69  
24 59.12     Igor Primc Slovenia SLO 8 Jan 66  
25 59.04     Aleksander Tammert Estonia EST 2 Feb 73  
26 58.56     Costel Grasu Romania ROU 5 Jul 67  
27 57.94     Dragan Mustapić Croatia CRO 23 Mar 63  
28 57.90     Andrey Kokhanovskiy Ukraine UKR 11 Jan 68  
29 56.72     Marcelo Pugliese Argentina ARG 2 Sep 68  
30 56.58     Shakti Singh India IND 14 May 62  
31 56.46     Aleksandr Borichevskiy Russia RUS 25 Jun 70  
32 56.30     Vésteinn Hafsteinsson Iceland ISL 12 Dec 60  
33 55.58     Jason Tunks Canada CAN 7 May 75  
34 55.34     Mickaël Conjungo Central African Republic CAF 6 May 68  
35 55.18     Michael Möllenbeck Germany GER 12 Dec 69  
36 54.88     Glen Smith Great Britain GBR 21 May 72  
37 51.96     Roman Poltoratskiy Uzbekistan UZB 22 Jul 72  
38 51.50     Jaroslav Žitňanský Slovakia SVK 18 Feb 72  
39 51.28     Christopher Su'amene Samoa SAM 16 Aug 72  
  NM     David Martínez Spain ESP 31 Jan 67  
 
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Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Lars Riedel (GER) X X 65.40 63.10 69.40 69.24 69.40 m OR
2nd  Vladimir Dubrovshchik (BLR) 64.86 66.60 64.38 59.68 X X 66.60 m  
3rd  Vasiliy Kaptyukh (BLR) 63.24 64.00 65.80 X 63.82 65.08 65.80 m  
4  Anthony Washington (USA) 65.42 X X 61.34 X 62.50 65.42 m  
5  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 62.28 65.30 64.50 X 64.54 63.74 65.30 m  
6  Jürgen Schult (GER) 62.82 64.42 62.62 64.62 64.38 63.78 64.62 m  
7  Vitaliy Sidorov (UKR) 63.44 X X 62.76 63.78 62.82 63.78 m  
8  Vaclavas Kidykas (LTU) 61.48 57.52 62.78 X 61.68 61.88 62.78 m  
 
9  Alexis Elizalde (CUB) 60.52 60.36 62.70   62.70 m  
10  Attila Horváth (HUN) 60.66 62.28 59.72   62.28 m  
11  Sergey Lyakhov (RUS) 60.62 59.90 X   60.62 m  
12  Adam Setliff (USA) X 56.30 X   56.30 m  
 Qualification
  mark 62.50m 8+4 Athletes
Group A Dist. 1 2 3
1. Lars Riedel GER 64.66m 64.66
2. Vladimir Dubrovshchik BLR 63.22m 63.22
3. Attila Horvath HUN 62.90m 58.94 62.90
4. Vaclovas Kidykas LTU 62.74m 59.64 62.74
5. Juergen Schult GER 62.58m 62.58
6. Adam Setliff USA 62.36m 62.36 58.42 60.06
7. Nick Sweeney IRL 62.04m 58.82 62.04 61.06
8. Bob Weir GBR 61.64m 61.64 60.54 X
9. Adewale Olukoju NGR 60.98m X 60.98 59.32
10.Diego Fortuna ITA 60.08m 57.78 59.30 60.08
11.Svein Inge Valvik NOR 59.60m 59.34 58.34 59.60
12.Roberto Moya CUB 59.22m 59.22 57.60 X
13.Dashdendev Makhashiri MGL 59.16m 59.16 54.18 X
14.Igor Primc SLO 59.12m 59.12 56.40 57.62
15.Costel Grasu ROM 58.56m 58.30 X 58.56
16.Andriy Kokhanovskiy UKR 57.90m 57.90 X X
17.Marcelo Pugliese ARG 56.72m 56.72 X X
18.Aleksandr Borichevskiy RUS 56.46m X 56.46 55.18
19.Roman Poltoratskiy UZB 51.96m X X 51.96
20.Jaroslav Zitnansky SVK 51.50m X 50.94 51.50
Group B Dist. 1 2 3
1. Virgilijus Alekna LTU 64.50m 64.50
2. Anthony Washington USA 63.66m 63.66
3. Vitaliy Sidorov UKR 63.42m X 57.60 63.42
4. Sergey Lyakhov RUS 62.42m 59.62 62.42
5. Alexis Elizalde CUB 62.22m 60.98 62.22 61.44
6. Vasiliy Kaptyukh BLR 62.22m 57.28 61.14 62.22
7. John Godina USA 61.82m 61.82 59.88 57.46
8. Ramon Jimenez-Gaona PAR 61.36m 58.18 61.36 X
9. Shaojie LI CHN 60.20m 58.54 60.06 60.20
10.Marek Bilek CZE 59.86m 59.86 58.42 58.62
11.Aleksander Tammert EST 59.04m 58.84 X 59.04
12.Dragan Mustapic CRO 57.94m X 57.94 56.62
13.Shakti Singh IND 56.58m 53.72 56.58 54.30
14.Vesteinn Hafsteinsson ISL 56.30m 53.94 52.14 56.30
15.Jason Tunks CAN 55.58m X X 55.58
16.Mickael Conjungo CAF 55.34m X X 55.34
17.Michael Moellenbeck GER 55.18m X 55.18 55.06
18.Glen Smith GBR 54.88m 54.88 X X
19.Chris Mene SAM 51.28m 49.22 51.28 50.24
-. David Martinez ESP NM X X X
 
 

 

 

 

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