Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

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Men's discus throw
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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Robert Garrett throwing the discus
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 6
Competitors 9 from 6 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Garrett
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sotirios Versis
1900 →

The men's discus throw was one of two throwing events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The discus throw was the fourth event held. It was contested on 6 April. 11 athletes competed, including one each from France, Sweden, the United States, Great Britain, and Germany as well as three Greeks and three Danes.

Many of the competitors had never thrown a discus before, as the event had never been held at an international competition. Robert Garrett of the United States was the last foreigner in the competition, and eventually defeated the famed Greek competitors to win the second modern Olympic gold medal.


Place Athlete fail 1 2 3 4 5
1  Robert Garrett (USA) 29.15 m 27.53 X Unknown 28.72 29.15
2  Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos (GRE) 28.95 m 28.51 Unknown 28.88 28.95
3  Sotirios Versis (GRE) 27.78 m Unknown
4  George S. Robertson (GBR) 25.20 m Unknown Did not advance
5-11  Alphonse Grisel (FRA) Unknown Unknown
 Viggo Jensen (DEN) Unknown Unknown
 Holger Nielsen (DEN) Unknown Unknown
 Georgios Papasideris (GRE) Unknown Unknown
 Henrik Sjöberg (SWE) Unknown Unknown
 Unknown Competitor Name (DEN) Unknown Unknown
 Unknown Competitor Name (GER) Unknown Unknown


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