Ludvík Daněk

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Ludvík Daněk
Pamětní kruh, Městský stadion Ludvíka Daňka.jpg
The memorial circle in Turnov to recognise his world record in 1964
Personal information
Born January 6, 1937
Died November 15, 1998

Ludvík Daněk (Czech pronunciation: [ˈludviːk ˈdaɲɛk]) (January 6, 1937 in Blansko – November 15, 1998 in Hutisko-Solanec near Vsetín) was a Czechoslovak discus thrower, who won the gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games with a throw of 64.40 m (211'3").

Daněk competed in four Summer Olympics for Czechoslovakia, winning silver in 1964 Olympics, bronze in 1968 Olympics and gold in 1972 Olympics. He set three world records in discus throw, of 64.55 m in 1964, 65.22 m in 1965 and of 66.07 m in 1966. He also won several medals at the European Athletics Championships. He was the gold medallist at the 1971 European Athletics Championships and was the silver medallist three years later at the 1974 European Athletics Championships.[1]

The location where he threw his first world record in 1964 is now celebrated with a memorial circle and the venue in Turnov is now called the Ludvík Daněk Stadium. Since 1999, the year following his death, the stadium has hosted an annual track and field meeting in his honour – the Ludvík Daněk Memorial.[2]

Major competitions[edit]


  1. ^ Ludvik Danek. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2013-06-02.
  2. ^ Memoriál Ludvíka Daňka v Turnově. Themis. Retrieved on 2013-06-02.
Preceded by
United States Al Oerter
Men's Discus World Record Holder
August 2, 1964 – May 25, 1968
Succeeded by
United States Jay Silvester
Preceded by
Soviet Union Vladimir Trusenyov
Men's Discus European Record Holder
May 10, 1964 – September 21, 1969
Succeeded by
Sweden Ricky Bruch