2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's discus throw
|Events at the
2009 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
Reigning Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton was the favourite for the gold. She had set a career best and had the four longest throws of any athlete that season, although she had not competed since late June. Franka Dietzsch was another prominent performer: the 41-year-old was the defending champion and was making her 10th appearance of the tournament, but a weak season had underlined her waning powers. Cuban Yarelis Barrios looked set to build upon her World and Olympic silver medals from the last two years and Aimin Song had also performed well during the season. Veteran athletes Nicoleta Grasu and Natalya Sadova were also favoured to be among the top performers of the competition.
Chinese athletes led the qualification rounds with Ma Xuejun and Song topping their respective groups. Newcomers Żaneta Glanc and Dani Samuels rounded out the top four qualifiers. Dietzsch sole legal throw of the competition was not enough for qualification, leaving Nadine Müller as the only host competitor to make the final. Brown Trafton edged into the final, needed all three throws to take a best non-qualifier's position.
In the final, Grasu and Barrios quickly established themselves with marks of 65.20 m and 64.44 m, respectively, in the first two throws. Samuels, Glanc and Müller proved themselves on their third attempts, each throwing over 62 metres. Brown Trafton and Ma Xuejun both threw poorly and were among the four athletes eliminated after three throws. Personal bests of 64.76 and 65.44 m in the fourth and fifth round put Samuels in the lead. On the final throws, Song threw only enough to move up to fifth place, leader Grasu fouled but Barrios responded, although her mark of 65.31 m guaranteed her only second place.
Samuels was a surprise winner: at 19 years old, she was the youngest ever World discus champion, and she had progressed from Youth champion, to Junior winner, to the senior title in just four years. Barrios had matched her silver medal achievement at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and Grasu's bronze was her fourth medal in her career at the World Championships.
|Gold||Dani Samuels (AUS)|
|Silver||Yarelis Barrios (CUB)|
|Bronze||Nicoleta Grasu (ROM)|
|World record||Gabriele Reinsch (GDR)||76.80||Neubrandenburg, East Germany||7 July 1988|
|Championship record||Martina Hellmann (GDR)||71.62||Rome, Italy||31 August 1987|
|World leading||Stephanie Brown Trafton (USA)||66.21||San Mateo, United States||24 May 2009|
|African record||Elizna Naudé (RSA)||64.87||Stellenbosch, South Africa||2 March 2003|
|Asian record||Xiao Yanling (CHN)||71.68||Beijing, China||14 March 1992|
|North American record||Hilda Ramos (CUB)||70.88||Havana, Cuba||8 May 1992|
|South American record||Elisângela Adriano (BRA)||61.96||São Leopoldo, Brazil||21 May 1998|
|European record||Gabriele Reinsch (GDR)||76.80||Neubrandenburg, East Germany||7 July 1988|
|Oceanian record||Daniela Costian (AUS)||68.72||Auckland, New Zealand||22 January 1994|
|A standard||B standard|
|62.00 m||58.50 m|
|August 19, 2009||10:10||Qualification|
|August 21, 2009||20:20||Final|
Qualification: Qualifying Performance 61.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.
|1||A||Ma Xuejun||China||63.38||63.38||Q, SB|
|11||A||Stephanie Brown Trafton||United States||60.15||57.44||61.23||61.23||q|
|12||B||Aretha Thurmond||United States||60.09||59.09||61.08||61.08||q|
|16||A||Elizna Naudé||South Africa||59.46||59.46||59.67||59.67||SB|
|18||B||Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová||Czech Republic||57.87||58.37||59.52||59.52|
|22||A||Becky Breisch||United States||58.50||x||58.08||58.50|
|34||B||Li Wen-Hua||Chinese Taipei||53.88||49.91||52.49||53.88|
|35||B||Kazai Suzanne Kragbé||Ivory Coast||52.24||53.84||52.79||53.84||NR|
|37||B||Tereapii Tapoki||Cook Islands||x||45.29||x||45.29||SB|
|10||Aretha Thurmond||United States||x||59.89||59.88||59.89|
|12||Stephanie Brown Trafton||United States||58.53||x||57.94||58.53|
- Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Women's Discus Throw - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.
- Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-19). Event Report - Women's Discus Throw - Qualification. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.
- Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-21). Event Report - Women's Discus Throw - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.
- Dani Samuels - In A Spin. Inside Athletics. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.