Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

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Men's discus throw
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Armas Taipale2.JPG
Taipale on the way to win the gold medal.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Date July 12
Competitors 41 from 15 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Armas Taipale  Finland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Richard Byrd  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) James Duncan  United States
← 1908
1920 →
Armas Taipale in action.
Silver medalist Richard Byrd.

The men's discus throw was a track and field athletics event held as part of the athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event, which is one of 12 to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Friday, July 12, 1912. Forty-one discus throwers from 15 nation competed.[1]

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 47.58 United States James Duncan New York (USA) May 27, 1912
Olympic Record 40.89 United States Martin Sheridan London (GBR) July 16, 1908

Results[edit]

No fewer than seven throwers beat the old Olympic record of 40.89 metres, beginning with Duncan and Niklander's first throws. Niklander's was the best of the round. The second throw resulted in Mucks joining those who beat the old record, while Taipale, Byrd, and Duncan beat even the new one, with Taipale's 43.91 metres setting a mark no other thrower would reach. Philbrook and Tronner beat the old record in the third throw, but neither was able to break into the top three (all three of whom had scratched with their final preliminary throws, but still maintained top ranks). Niklander, after his first throw, was unable to make another legal mark and fell to fourth, where he finished.

In the final, Byrd and Duncan were unable to improve upon their previous marks, throwing shorter in their first throws and scratching in their second and third throws each. Taipale, on the other hand, regardless of the safety of his lead, threw even further in his first and then his third throw, finishing at 45.21 metres, nearly 3 metres ahead of Byrd.

Place Athlete Preliminary Final Best mark
1 2 3 Rank 4 5 6
1  Armas Taipale (FIN) 36.94 43.91 OR 1st 44.34 OR 45.21 OR 45.21
2  Richard Byrd (USA) 37.48 42.32 2nd 41.09 42.32
3  James Duncan (USA) 41.61 42.28 3rd 41.33 42.28
4  Elmer Niklander (FIN) 42.09 OR 4th 42.09
5  Hans Tronner (AUT) 39.97 41.24 5th 41.24
6  Arlie Mucks (USA) 40.54 40.93 6th 40.93
7  George Philbrook (USA) 38.14 38.55 40.92 7th 40.92
8  Emil Magnusson (SWE) 39.91 8th 39.91
9  Rezsõ Újlaki (HUN) 39.82 9th 39.82
10  Einar Nilsson (SWE) 37.26 38.77 39.69 10th 39.69
11  Ralph Rose (USA) 37.24 38.82 39.65 11th 39.65
12  Emil Muller (USA) 37.91 38.69 39.35 12th 39.35
13  Michalis Dorizas (GRE) 39.28 13th 39.28
14  Duncan Gillis (CAN) 39.01 14th 39.01
15  Verner Järvinen (FIN) 34.15 38.60 15th 38.60
16  Josef Waitzer (GER) 38.44 16th 38.44
17  František Janda-Suk (BOH) 32.41 36.83 38.31 17th 38.31
18  Aurelio Lenzi (ITA) 35.58 38.19 18th 38.19
19  Károly Kobulszky (HUN) 37.81 38.15 19th 38.15
20  Lawrence Whitney (USA) 34.87 37.91 20th 37.91
21  György Luntzer (HUN) 37.88 21st 37.88
22  Avery Brundage (USA) 37.48 37.85 22nd 37.85
23  Gunnar Nilsson (SWE) 37.44 23rd 37.44
24  Emil Welz (GER) 36.16 37.24 24th 37.24
25  Samu Fóti (HUN) 35.51 36.37 25th 36.37
26  Gunnar Bolander (SWE) 36.22 26th 36.22
27  Carl Lind (SWE) 35.04 36.07 27th 36.07
28  Folke Fleetwood (SWE) 32.09 32.89 35.06 28th 35.06
29  Josef Schäffer (AUT) 34.87 29th 34.87
30  André Tison (FRA) 34.73 30th 34.73
31  Marcel Pelletier (LUX) 33.73 31st 33.73
32  Walter Henderson (GBR) 33.61 32nd 33.61
33  Mór Kóczán (HUN) 33.30 33rd 33.30
34  Mgirdiç Migiryan (TUR) 32.98 34th 32.98
35  Nikolay Neklepayev (RUS) 32.59 35th 32.59
36  Charles Lagarde (FRA) 30.76 32.35 36th 32.35
37  Henning Möller (SWE) 32.23 37th 32.23
38  Miroslav Šustera (BOH) 31.83 38th 31.83
39  Ēriks Vanags (RUS) 31.34 39th 31.34
40  Otto Nilsson (SWE) 31.07 40th 31.07
41  Paul Willführ (GER) 41st None

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's Discus Throw". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 

Sources[edit]

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 5 January 2007.