Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

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Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 21–23 August
Competitors 39 from 26 nations
Winning distance 69.89 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    Lithuania
Silver medal    Hungary
Bronze medal    Estonia
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The men's discus throw competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was held at the Olympic Stadium on 21–23 August. It was originally planned to hold the discus throw at the Ancient Olympia Stadium, but it was discovered that the field was not large enough to accommodate the range of modern discus throwers, and would have posed a danger to spectators. As such, it was decided to move the discus throw and to hold the shot put at the ancient stadium, despite the fact that the shot put was not contested at the Ancient Olympic Games.[1]

Hungary's Róbert Fazekas had initially finished first in the final, but committed an anti-doping breach for failing to submit a proper urine sample during the drug test and was thereby not allowed to present his gold in the medal ceremony, resulting to his disqualification.[2] Lithuania's Virgilijus Alekna, who originally placed second in the final, eventually defended his Olympic title at the time of the medal ceremony, and was followed by Fazekas' teammate Zoltán Kővágó for the silver and Estonia's Aleksander Tammert for the bronze.[3]

Competition format[edit]

Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.[4]

Schedule[edit]

All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 21 August 2004 09:00 Qualification
Monday, 23 August 2004 20:20 Final

Records[edit]

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  Lars Riedel (GER) 69.40 m Atlanta, United States 31 July 1996

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Result Record
23 August Final Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania 69.89 m OR

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Rule: Qualifying standard 64.50 (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Róbert Fazekas Hungary 63.88 68.10 68.10 Q
2 A Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania x 63.80 67.79 67.79 Q
3 A Aleksander Tammert Estonia 65.70 65.70 Q
4 B Lars Riedel Germany 64.20 64.20 Q
5 A Hannes Hopley South Africa 62.71 62.50 63.89 63.89 q
6 A Gabor Mate Hungary 57.40 62.43 63.41 63.41 q
7 A Torsten Schmidt Germany 56.86 60.63 63.40 63.40 q
8 B Casey Malone United States 59.99 63.27 61.83 63.27 q
9 B Vasiliy Kaptyukh Belarus 63.04 x 62.93 63.04 q
10 B Frantz Kruger South Africa 60.91 62.32 x 62.32 q
11 A Libor Malina Czech Republic 60.54 x 62.12 62.12 q
12 B Zoltán Kővágó Hungary x 61.91 60.77 61.91 q
13 B Mario Pestano Spain x x 61.69 61.69
14 A Jarred Rome United States 59.35 x 61.55 61.55
15 B Vikas Gowda India 61.35 61.39 59.87 61.39
16 A Jason Tunks Canada 61.21 60.02 60.34 61.21
17 B Rutger Smith Netherlands x 61.11 x 61.11
18 A Frank Casañas Cuba 60.15 60.60 57.27 60.60
19 B Wu Tao China 48.96 x 60.60 60.60
20 A Gerd Kanter Estonia x 60.05 x 60.05
21 B Michael Möllenbeck Germany 56.42 59.79 x 59.79
22 A Ian Waltz United States 58.97 58.55 57.52 58.97
23 B Savvas Panavoglou Greece 57.26 58.47 57.62 58.47
24 B Aliaksandr Malashevich Belarus x 57.67 58.45 58.45
25 A Emeka Udechuku Great Britain x 58.41 55.79 58.41
26 B Aleksandr Borichevskiy Russia 58.12 58.19 57.86 58.19
27 B Ercüment Olgundeniz Turkey 57.13 58.17 x 58.17
28 A Leonid Cherevko Belarus 57.98 x 57.89 57.89
29 B Abbas Samimi Iran 57.57 x 56.24 57.57
30 B Lois Maikel Martínez Cuba 57.18 57.10 x 57.18
31 B Igor Primc Slovenia 55.70 56.33 55.43 56.33
32 A Marcelo Pugliese Argentina x 56.06 54.45 56.06
33 A Vadim Hranovschi Moldova 53.77 52.30 55.64 55.64
34 B Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly Egypt x 55.53 55.27 55.53
35 A Dragan Mustapic Croatia 54.66 x x 54.66
36 A Jaroslav Žitňanský Slovakia 53.30 x 51.87 53.30
37 B Shaka Sola Samoa 50.36 51.10 50.97 51.10
38 A Anil Kumar India x x x NM
38 A Dmitriy Shevchenko Russia x x x NM

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania 69.89 x x x 69.49 x 69.89 OR
2nd Zoltán Kővágó Hungary 57.31 66.40 66.03 67.04 58.25 x 67.04
3rd Aleksander Tammert Estonia 66.66 x 64.28 63.95 64.04 x 66.66
4 Vasiliy Kaptyukh Belarus 65.10 59.82 62.88 63.44 64.89 63.63 65.10
5 Frantz Kruger South Africa 64.34 x 61.01 62.53 x 60.73 64.34
6 Casey Malone United States 62.80 60.34 x 64.33 62.73 63.65 64.33
7 Lars Riedel Germany x 62.80 x 62.80
8 Hannes Hopley South Africa 60.18 61.99 62.58 62.58
9 Torsten Schmidt Germany x 61.18 61.10 61.18
10 Libor Malina Czech Republic 57.39 x 58.78 58.78
11 Gabor Mate Hungary 57.02 x 57.84 57.84
12 Róbert Fazekas Hungary 66.39 70.93 69.35 68.92 67.64 70.93 DSQ[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Discus champion thrown out of Games after doping breach". ABC News Australia. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Hersh, Philip (25 August 2004). "Hungarian Stripped of Discus Title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Men's Discus Throw". Athens 2004. Sports Reference. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 

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