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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Men's Discus Throw


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 12, 2016 Format: Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 13, 2016 Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to round one
 Competitors 35from 24 nations  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
 Christoph Harting
Summary by      

For the last eight years the world'€™s top discus thrower had been Germany'€™s Harting, winner of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic golds, the 2009, 2011, and 2013 World Championships, and the 2012 and 2014 European Championships. And in Rio, Germany'€™s Harting came through again to win gold '€“ except it wasn'€™t the same Harting. [Robert Harting] was the two-time defending champion but he was not in Rio, giving way to his younger brother, [Christoph Harting], who succeeded big brother as the gold medalist. It was the first time in Olympic history, in any sport, that brothers succeeded each other as Olympic champions in the same individual event.

The lead in round one was taken by Poland'€™s [Piotr Małachowski] with 67.32, a mark that would hold up for the silver medal and that lasted a long time as the leader. In fact, it stood until round six, when Harting, the next-to-last thrower, surpassed it with 68.37 to win the record-setting gold medal. Mal‚achowski had one last shot to win, but his 65.38 would not do it. [Daniel Jasinski]'€™s bronze medal gave Germany two athletes on the podium.

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The men's discus throw competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 12–13 August. Germany's Christoph Harting succeeded his brother Robert Harting to the Olympic title. Poland's Piotr Małachowski took the silver medal ahead of another German, Daniel Jasinski.

Robert Harting was the defending champion from the 2012 Olympics – though injury had affected his 2015 season, he ranked third in the world before the competition. His brother Christoph Harting was one place higher, while the reigning 2015 World Champion Piotr Małachowski topped the world seasonal rankings.

In qualification, Robert Harting could not reach his seasonal peak and was eliminated. Other prominent athletes who failed to progress were 2012 Olympic runner-up Ehsan Haddadi, 2015 World Championship bronze medalist Robert Urbanek and Fedrick Dacres, who was fourth on the world rankings. Only two athletes achieved the automatic qualifying mark: Małachowski headed the field over Lukas Weißhaidinger of Austria.

In the final, Małachowski seized the lead in the opening round with 67.32 m. He had three successive throws over 67 metres while Germany's Christoph Harting and Jasinski held second and third with throws over 66 metres. Those top three positions stood from round 2 through to the penultimate round. In the last round the competitors came to life: Estonia's Martin Kupper threw 66.58 m to take the silver medal position. Jasinski immediately replied with 67.05 m to move into second place himself. Harting, sitting outside the medals at that point, delivered a lifetime best of 68.37 m (224 ft 3 in) with his final throw to take the gold medal. Małachowski could not respond with his last effort and finished with the silver medal, having led for almost the entire competition and holding three of the four best marks of the 2016 Olympics. Harting's win made it the first time in Olympic athletics history that siblings had won successive gold medals.


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 m Neubrandenburg, East Germany 6 June 1986
Olympic record  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 69.89 m Athens, Greece 23 August 2004

The following record was established during the competition:

13 August Final  Germany Christoph Harting 68.37 m 2016 World Leading
13 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's discus final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Christoph Harting of Germany won the men’s discus with the competition’s penultimate throw after a thrilling final round which saw the medals swap around several times.

Harting reached a personal best 68.37m to unseat the 2015 world champion Piotr Malachowski and succeed his own older brother Robert as Olympic champion.

His victory marked the first time in Olympic athletics history that one sibling has followed another as a gold medallist in the same event.

Robert, the gold medallist in London four years ago and three-time world champion, stood third on the year’s performance list before the Olympics but fell short of qualifying for the final here in Rio after an injury-riddled 18 months and sat in the stands in the Olympic stadium urging his brother on to keep up family standards.

Poland’s Malachowski put his spin on the final from the first round.

Throwing last in the initial order, Malachowski reached 67.32m on his first throw to put himself in the lead ahead of Daniel Jasinski of Germany whose 65.77m stood as next best.

Malachowski had led the year’s performance list at 68.15m before the Olympics, and was deservedly considered the favourite.

Harting then moved into second in the following round with a 66.34m effort while Jasinski himself improved to 66.08m in the third round. However, Malachowski continued to outreach their efforts with 67.06m in the second round and an improvement to 67.55m in the third round.

The fourth and fifth rounds saw no improvements for the eight men who continued through, but movement started in the last round when Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger improved from eighth to fifth with a 64.95m toss before ultimately finishing sixth.

Kupper starts the medal swapping

Unheralded Martin Kupper of Estonia then vaulted from sixth all the way to second with 66.58m. Jasinski answered with 67.05m, moving back into second place, pushing Harting temporarily out of the medals and guaranteeing himself at least bronze.

Harting then delivered the throw of his life to a tremendous roar from the crowd.

Malachowski had just one chance to respond, but despite Harting himself encouraging the crowd to get behind his rival, he could only get to 65.38m and the Pole had to settle for another silver medal to match the one he won in London four years ago while Jasinski was delighted to get third place with Kupper fourth.

Immediately behind Kupper in fifth with a mark of 65.10m was his comptriot and 2008 Olympic champion Gerd Kanter.

Harting was the only thrower in the final to better his season’s best. He’d finished eighth last summer at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, where Malachowski won.

The medallist were all with a few metres of their best but one man who was a bigger distance away was Belgium’s Philip Milanov, the Beijing silver medallist down in a disappointing ninth place, reaching 62.22m with his only valid throw.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Discus Men     Final 13 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 68.37     Christoph Harting   GER 10 Apr 90   WL PB
2 67.55     Piotr Małachowski   POL 7 Jun 83    
3 67.05     Daniel Jasinski   GER 5 Aug 89    
4 66.58     Martin Kupper   EST 31 May 89    
5 65.10     Gerd Kanter   EST 6 May 79    
6 64.95     Lukas Weißhaidinger   AUT 20 Feb 92    
7 64.50     Zoltán Kővágó   HUN 10 Apr 79    
8 63.72     Apostolos Parellis   CYP 24 Jul 85    
9 62.22     Philip Milanov   BEL 6 Jul 91    
10 62.12     Axel Härstedt   SWE 28 Feb 87    
11 62.05     Mason Finley   USA 7 Oct 90    
12 60.66     Andrius Gudžius   LTU 14 Feb 91    

Report: men's discus qualifying – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

World champion Piotr Malachowski of Poland led qualifying in the men’s discus in the morning session of the first day at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 65.89m on his second attempt. Joining Malachowski as the only other automatic qualifier was Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger, also in the first group, at 65.86m.

The automatic qualifying standard was 65.50m.but it was always likely that there would be only a few men over that distance once rain started to fall hard just before the first group got underway and the discus circle became slippery and challenging, after the throwers had warmed up in dry conditions.

The usual 12 men advanced and a mark of 62.68m was ultimately only needed to advance. Five athletes qualified from the first group and seven from the second.

One notable casualty in the first group was IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 seventh-place finisher Frederick Dacres of Jamaica, who is currently fourth on the 2016 world list with 68.02m but fouled twice and could only manage a modest 50.69m effort with his third and final effort.

The rain had largely stopped by the start of Group B, although the circle was still damp.

This second group was led by Christoph Harting of Germany, at 65.41m the third-longest thrower of the qualifying rounds. Lithuania’s Andreas Gudzius also surpassed the 65m mark at 65.18m.

Belgium’s Philip Milanov, the silver medallist behind Malachowski in Beijing, struggled but went through to Saturdays’ final as the last qualifier with 62.68m.

Notable among those not advancing from Group B were defending Olympic champion Robert Harting of Germany, London silver medalist Ehsan Hadadi of Iran, Beijing bronze medalist Robert Urbanek of Poland, and London finalist Vikas Gowda of India.

Harting faced a similar situation to Dacres, fouling his first two attempts and before reaching  62.21m in the third round, and the defence of his Olympic title came to an end.

Estonia’s popular 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 bronze medallist Gerd Kanter moved through to the final, however, reaching 64.02m on his second attempt in the first group.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Discus Men     Qualification 12 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 65.89   Q Piotr Małachowski   POL 7 Jun 83 A 1  
2 65.86   Q Lukas Weißhaidinger   AUT 20 Feb 92 A 2 SB
3 65.41   q Christoph Harting   GER 10 Apr 90 B 1  
4 65.18   q Andrius Gudžius   LTU 14 Feb 91 A 3 SB
5 64.02   q Gerd Kanter   EST 6 May 79 A 4  
6 63.68   q Mason Finley   USA 7 Oct 90 B 2  
7 63.58   q Axel Härstedt   SWE 28 Feb 87 B 3  
8 63.35   q Apostolos Parellis   CYP 24 Jul 85 B 4  
9 63.34   q Zoltán Kővágó   HUN 10 Apr 79 B 5  
10 62.92   q Martin Kupper   EST 31 May 89 B 6  
11 62.83   q Daniel Jasinski   GER 5 Aug 89 A 5  
12 62.68   q Philip Milanov   BEL 6 Jul 91 B 7  
13 62.45     Sven Martin Skagestad   NOR 13 Jan 95 B 8  
14 62.26     Daniel Ståhl   SWE 27 Aug 92 A 6  
15 62.21     Robert Harting   GER 18 Oct 84 B 9  
16 61.87     Andrew Evans   USA 25 Jan 91 A 7  
17 61.76     Robert Urbanek   POL 29 Apr 87 B 10  
18 61.62     Mauricio Ortega   COL 4 Aug 94 B 11  
19 61.16     Matt Denny   AUS 2 Jun 96 B 12  
20 60.85     Benn Harradine   AUS 14 Oct 82 A 8  
21 60.45     Gudni Valur Gudnason   ISL 11 Oct 95 B 13  
22 60.43     Jorge Fernández   CUB 2 Oct 87 A 9  
23 60.31     Mykyta Nesterenko   UKR 15 Apr 91 A 10  
24 60.15     Ehsan Hadadi   IRI 21 Jan 85 B 14  
25 59.96     Frank Casañas   ESP 18 Oct 78 B 15  
26 59.81     Tavis Bailey   USA 1 Jun 92 A 11  
27 59.42     Lois Maikel Martínez   ESP 3 Jun 81 A 12  
28 58.99     Vikas Gowda   IND 5 Jul 83 B 16 SB
29 57.24     Alex Rose   SAM 17 Nov 91 A 13  
30 56.94     Mahmoud Samimi   IRI 18 Sep 88 A 14  
31 55.54     Yevgeniy Labutov   KAZ 17 Nov 84 A 15  
32 55.35     Oleksiy Semenov   UKR 27 Jun 82 B 17  
33 54.84     Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi   KSA 16 Mar 85 A 16  
34 50.69     Fedrick Dacres   JAM 28 Feb 94 A 17  
  NM     Danijel Furtula   MNE 31 Jul 92 B  

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Qualification A

Qualification rule: qualification standard 65.50m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

1 A Piotr Małachowski  Poland 64.69 65.89   65.89 Q
2 A Lukas Weißhaidinger  Austria 63.43 65.86   65.86 Q, SB
4 A Andrius Gudžius  Lithuania 59.50 x 65.18 65.18 q, SB
5 A Gerd Kanter  Estonia 62.86 64.02 x 64.02 q
11 A Daniel Jasinski  Germany x 62.83 61.30 62.83 q
14 A Daniel Ståhl  Sweden 60.78 x 62.26 62.26  
16 A Andrew Evans  United States x 61.87 x 61.87  
20 A Benn Harradine  Australia 60.82 60.85 55.68 60.85  
22 A Jorge Fernández  Cuba 59.93 60.43 60.09 60.43  
23 A Mykyta Nesterenko  Ukraine 57.87 60.28 60.31 60.31  
26 A Tavis Bailey  United States x 59.81 59.25 59.81  
27 A Lois Maikel Martínez  Spain x 59.42 x 59.42  
29 A Alex Rose  Samoa 57.24 56.47 54.42 57.24  
30 A Mahmoud Samimi  Iran 56.94 55.43 56.07 56.94  
31 A Yevgeniy Labutov  Kazakhstan 55.54 54.02 54.82 55.54  
33 A Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi  Saudi Arabia x 54.09 54.84 54.84  
34 A Fedrick Dacres  Jamaica x x 50.69 50.69  

Qualification B

Qualification rule: qualification standard 65.50m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

3 B Christoph Harting  Germany x 64.49 65.41 65.41 q
6 B Mason Finley  United States 61.52 62.55 63.68 63.68 q
7 B Axel Härstedt  Sweden 63.58 x x 63.58 q
8 B Apostolos Parellis  Cyprus 61.60 63.35 61.74 63.35 q
9 B Zoltán Kővágó  Hungary 59.83 63.34 61.57 63.34 q
10 B Martin Kupper  Estonia 61.15 62.92 x 62.92 q
12 B Philip Milanov  Belgium 62.68 62.59 x 62.68 q
13 B Sven Martin Skagestad  Norway 59.69 62.45 x 62.45  
15 B Robert Harting  Germany x x 62.21 62.21  
17 B Robert Urbanek  Poland x 61.76 61.53 61.76  
18 B Mauricio Ortega  Colombia x 61.62 x 61.62  
19 B Matthew Denny  Australia 60.78 61.16 x 61.16  
21 B Guðni Valur Guðnason  Iceland 53.51 60.45 59.37 60.45  
24 B Ehsan Haddadi  Iran 57.86 59.92 60.15 60.15  
25 B Frank Casañas  Spain x 57.81 59.96 59.96  
28 B Vikas Gowda  India 57.59 58.99 58.70 58.99  
32 B Oleksiy Semenov  Ukraine 54.69 54.59 55.35 55.35  
  B Danijel Furtula  Montenegro x x x NM  


1st place, gold medalist(s) Christoph Harting  Germany 62.38 66.34 x x 64.77 68.37 68.37 PB, WL
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Piotr Małachowski  Poland 67.32 67.06 67.55 x 65.51 65.38 67.55  
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Daniel Jasinski  Germany 65.77 65.01 66.08 64.83 63.31 67.05 67.05  
4 Martin Kupper  Estonia 64.47 x 62.88 x x 66.58 66.58  
5 Gerd Kanter  Estonia 65.10 63.01 64.45 63.73 x x 65.10  
6 Lukas Weißhaidinger  Austria 62.14 62.44 61.81 x x 64.95 64.95  
7 Zoltán Kővágó  Hungary 64.50 x 62.98 x x x 64.50  
8 Apostolos Parellis  Cyprus 61.00 60.82 63.72 x 63.49 62.37 63.72  
9 Philip Milanov  Belgium 62.22 x x Did not advance 62.22  
10 Axel Härstedt  Sweden 54.77 62.12 x Did not advance 62.12  
11 Mason Finley  United States 60.43 x 62.05 Did not advance 62.05  
12 Andrius Gudžius  Lithuania 60.66 58.89 x Did not advance 60.66  


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