Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's Greek discus throw

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Men's Greek-style discus throw
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Date 18 July
Competitors 23 from 8 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Martin Sheridan  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bill Horr  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Verner Järvinen  Finland
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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Greek discus men
Freestyle javelin men

The men's Greek-style discus throw was one of six throwing events on the Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The competition was held on 18 July 1908. In the Greek-style event, throwers hurled the discus from atop a rectangular platform raised above the ground. Throwing style was strictly prescribed by the rules of the event. The event had been contested at the 1906 Summer Olympics, but was not held again after 1908.


Place Name Nation Distance
1 Martin Sheridan  United States 37.99 metres
2 Bill Horr  United States 37.32 metres
3 Verner Järvinen  Finland 36.48 metres
4 Arthur Dearborn  United States 35.65 metres
5 Michalis Dorizas  Greece 33.34 metres
6 Nikolaos Georgantas  Greece 33.21 metres
7 István Mudin  Hungary 33.11 metres
8 Wilbur Burroughs  United States 32.81 metres
9 Elmer Niklander  Finland 32.46 metres
10 Umberto Avattaneo  Italy 29.15 metres
11-23 Platt Adams  United States Unknown
John Barrett  Great Britain Unknown
Alfred Flaxman  Great Britain Unknown
Folke Fleetwood  Sweden Unknown
John Garrels  United States Unknown
György Luntzer  Hungary Unknown
Walter Henderson  Great Britain Unknown
Imre Mudin  Hungary Unknown
Henry Leeke  Great Britain Unknown
Eric Lemming  Sweden Unknown
Ernest May  Great Britain Unknown
Mór Kóczán  Hungary Unknown
Miroslav Šustera  Bohemia Unknown


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].