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

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Men's discus throw
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
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The winner Martin Sheridan
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 16
Competitors 42 from 11 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Martin Sheridan  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Merritt Giffin  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bill Horr  United States
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Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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Track events
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The men's discus throw was one of six throwing events on the Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The competition was held on July 16, 1908.

42 throwers from eleven nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 43.86(*) Germany Wilhelm Dörr Worms (GER) 1907
Olympic Record 41.46 United States Martin Sheridan Athens (GRE) 1906

(*) unofficial


Place Name Nation Distance
1 Martin Sheridan  United States 40.89 metres
2 Merritt Giffin  United States 40.70 metres
3 Bill Horr  United States 39.45 metres
4 Verner Järvinen  Finland 39.43 metres
5 Arthur Dearborn  United States 38.52 metres
6 Lee Talbott  United States 38.40 metres
7 György Luntzer  Hungary 38.34 metres
8 André Tison  France 38.30 metres
9 John Flanagan  United States 37.80 metres
10 Wilbur Burroughs  United States 37.43 metres
11 Emil Welz  Germany 37.02 metres
12-42 Mór Kóczán  Hungary 32.76 metres
Ferenc Jesina  Hungary 30.82 metres
Platt Adams  United States Unknown
Umberto Avattaneo  Italy Unknown
Edward Barrett  Great Britain Unknown
Michael Collins  Great Britain Unknown
Michalis Dorizas  Greece Unknown
John Falchenberg  Norway Unknown
Alfred Flaxman  Great Britain Unknown
Folke Fleetwood  Sweden Unknown
John Garrels  United States Unknown
Nikolaos Georgantas  Greece Unknown
Simon Gillis  United States Unknown
Walter Henderson  Great Britain Unknown
Imre Mudin  Hungary Unknown
Charles Lagarde  France Unknown
Henry Leeke  Great Britain Unknown
Eric Lemming  Sweden Unknown
Ernest May  Great Britain Unknown
John Murray  Great Britain Unknown
Theodor Neijström  Sweden Unknown
Elmer Niklander  Finland Unknown
Otto Nilsson  Sweden Unknown
Lauri Pihkala  Finland Unknown
Aarne Salovaara  Finland Unknown
Jalmari Sauli  Finland Unknown
František Souček  Bohemia Unknown
Miroslav Šustera  Bohemia Unknown
Ludwig Uettwiller  Germany Unknown
Hugo Wieslander  Sweden Unknown
Lauri Wilskman  Finland 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].