Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

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Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 6–7 August
Competitors 41 from 24 nations
Winning distance 68.27
Medalists
Gold medal    Germany
Silver medal    Iran
Bronze medal    Estonia
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The men's discus throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–7 August.[1] 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.[2]

Six made the automatic qualifier to the finals, Ehsan Haddadi, Jorge Fernandez and Robert Harting on their first attempt. The top qualifier was defending champion Gerd Kanter, but it took him three throws to get a distance that would qualify. The #10 qualifier was two time champion Virgilijus Alekna.

In the final, most improved their distances by several meters. Alekna launched a 67.38 on the third throw of the competition. Four throws later, Haddadi took the lead with a 68.18, with Harting moving into second place with 67.79. That was the situation through the first four rounds. Kanter made minor improvements, but was out of the medals until his fifth throw of 68.03, knocking Alekna out of his fourth straight medal. Two throws later, Harting launched the winner, going just 9 cm beyond Haddadi with a 68.27.[3] The 2.01m, 130 kg. Harting celebrated his medal on his victory lap skillfully jumping over the row of women's hurdles already on the track and doing a Hulk Hogan shirt rip.[4]

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Monday, 6 August 2012 10:00 Qualifications
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 19:45 Finals

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  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 69.89 m Athens, Greece 23 August 2004
2012 World leading  Robert Harting (GER) 70.66 m Turnov, Czech Republic 22 May 2012

Results[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 65.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Kanter, GerdGerd Kanter Estonia X 59.72 66.39 66.39 Q
2 B Harting, RobertRobert Harting Germany 66.22 - - 66.22 Q
3 B Fernandez, JorgeJorge Fernandez Cuba 65.34 - - 65.34 Q
4 B Okoye, LawrenceLawrence Okoye Great Britain X 63.00 65.28 65.28 Q
5 A Gowda, VikasVikas Gowda India 63.52 65.20 - 65.20 Q
6 A Haddadi, EhsanEhsan Haddadi Iran 65.19 - - 65.19 Q
7 A Małachowski, PiotrPiotr Małachowski Poland 62.08 64.65 63.96 64.65 q
8 B Wierig, MartinMartin Wierig Germany 64.13 62.66 X 64.13 q
9 B Harradine, BennBenn Harradine Australia 64.00 X 61.39 64.00 q
10 A Alekna, VirgilijusVirgilijus Alekna Lithuania 62.32 63.88 X 63.88 q
11 A Casañas, FrankFrank Casañas Spain X 63.76 60.21 63.76 q
12 A Cadée, ErikErik Cadée Netherlands 63.55 X X 63.55 q
13 A Parellis, ApostolosApostolos Parellis Cyprus 63.48 62.49 62.54 63.48
14 B Pestano, MarioMario Pestano Spain 63.40 63.36 X 63.40
15 B Pishchalnikov, BogdanBogdan Pishchalnikov Russia 61.69 X 63.15 63.15
16 B Smith, RutgerRutger Smith Netherlands 63.00 62.70 63.09 63.09
17 B Marić, MartinMartin Marić Croatia 61.04 62.83 62.87 62.87
18 A Young, JasonJason Young United States 62.18 X X 62.18
19 A Martin, ScottScott Martin Australia 58.15 57.67 62.14 62.14
20 B Smikle, TravesTraves Smikle Jamaica X 59.59 61.85 61.85
21 B Brooks, LanceLance Brooks United States 61.17 60.59 59.25 61.17
22 B Czajkowski, PrzemyslawPrzemyslaw Czajkowski Poland 58.73 X 61.08 61.08
23 A Olgundeniz, ErcümentErcüment Olgundeniz Turkey X X 60.87 60.87
24 B Mayer, GerhardGerhard Mayer Austria 59.40 60.81 60.27 60.81
25 A Israel, MärtMärt Israel Estonia 59.60 X 60.34 60.34
26 B El Ghazaly, Omar AhmedOmar Ahmed El Ghazaly Egypt 60.16 60.26 58.89 60.26
27 A Tammert, AleksanderAleksander Tammert Estonia 57.00 60.20 59.78 60.20
28 A Wruck, JulianJulian Wruck Australia 58.01 60.08 59.64 60.08
29 B Buhari, AbdulAbdul Buhari Great Britain 54.20 55.78 60.08 60.08
30 A Münch, MarkusMarkus Münch Germany 59.95 59.34 X 59.95
31 B Rome, JarredJarred Rome United States X X 59.57 59.57
32 A Urbanek, RobertRobert Urbanek Poland 59.56 X X 59.56
33 B Al-Dawoodi, Sultan MubarakSultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi Saudi Arabia 55.48 55.80 59.54 59.54
34 B Nesterenko, MykytaMykyta Nesterenko Ukraine X 58.22 59.17 59.17
35 A Morse, BrettBrett Morse Great Britain X 58.18 X 58.18
36 A Varga, RolandRoland Varga Croatia 57.76 58.17 57.79 58.17
37 A Lauro, GermánGermán Lauro Argentina X 55.23 57.54 57.54
38 B Furtula, DanijelDanijel Furtula Montenegro 57.48 X X 57.48
39 A Morgan, JasonJason Morgan Jamaica 56.25 56.72 57.46 57.46
40 A Lastre, YunioYunio Lastre Cuba X X 57.33 57.33
41 B Julião, RonaldRonald Julião Brazil X 56.20 X 56.20

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Robert Harting Germany 67.79 X 67.27 66.45 68.27 67.08 68.27
2nd Ehsan Haddadi Iran 68.18 64.09 67.28 66.98 X X 68.18
3rd Gerd Kanter Estonia 65.07 65.79 66.02 65.96 68.03 66.99 68.03 SB
4 Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania 67.38 X X 66.07 X X 67.38
5 Piotr Małachowski Poland 62.50 66.92 X 67.19 X X 67.19
6 Martin Wierig Germany 63.34 63.98 X 65.85 64.79 65.12 65.85
7 Frank Casañas Spain 65.56 X X 64.92 65.48 63.16 65.56
8 Vikas Gowda India 64.79 60.95 63.03 64.15 64.48 63.89 64.79
9 Benn Harradine Australia 58.24 63.16 63.59 63.59
10 Erik Cadée Netherlands 62.40 62.77 62.78 62.78
11 Jorge Fernandez Cuba X 60.04 62.02 62.02
12 Lawrence Okoye Great Britain 61.03 X 60.11 61.03

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