Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

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Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
VenueEstadio Olímpico Universitario
DateOctober 14–15
Competitors27 from 19 nations
Winning distance64.78 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Al Oerter  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lothar Milde  East Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ludvík Daněk  Czechoslovakia
← 1964
1972 →

The men's discus throw competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico took place on October 14–15.[1]

Competition format[edit]

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Jay Silvester (USA) 68.40 m Reno, United States September 18, 1968
Olympic record  Al Oerter (USA) 61.00 m Tokyo, Japan October 15, 1964

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 58.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Jay Silvester  United States 63.34 63.34
2 A Hartmut Losch  East Germany 60.40 60.40
3 A Gary Carlsen  United States 60.36 60.36
3 A Lothar Milde  East Germany 60.36 60.36
5 A Günter Schaumburg  East Germany 60.14 60.14
6 A Al Oerter  United States 59.36 59.36
7 A Ludvík Daněk  Czechoslovakia 59.36 58.10 56.42 59.36
8 A Ricky Bruch  Sweden 59.08 59.08
9 B Robin Tait  New Zealand 58.88 58.88
10 A Hein-Direck Neu  West Germany X 55.26 58.56 58.56
11 A Ferenc Tégla  Hungary 57.18 58.50 58.50
12 A Edmund Piątkowski  Poland 58.24 58.24
13 A Guram Gudashvili  Soviet Union 57.48 55.84 X 57.48
14 A George Puce  Canada 57.34 X X 57.34
15 B Namakoro Niaré  Mali X 54.92 56.60 56.60
16 B János Faragó  Hungary 54.98 56.00 X 56.00
17 B Denis Ségui Kragbé  Ivory Coast 55.24 54.24 X 55.24
18 B Lech Gajdziński  Poland 54.92 X X 54.92
19 A Jens Reimers  West Germany 53.18 X 54.02 54.02
20 B Joe Kashmiri  Iran 53.00 53.96 53.30 53.96
21 B Klaus-Peter Hennig  West Germany 53.80 X X 53.80
22 B Heimo Reinitzer  Austria 51.90 52.00 53.52 53.52
23 B Modesto Mederos  Cuba 52.30 X 49.42 52.30
24 B Bill Tancred  Great Britain X 48.86 51.74 51.74
25 B Edy Hubacher  Switzerland X 49.80 51.70 51.70
26 B Rolando Mendoza  Nicaragua 39.62 36.46 38.78 39.62
27 B Mauricio Jubis  El Salvador 33.62 35.94 36.18 36.18

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Al Oerter  United States 61.78 X 64.78 62.42 64.74 64.04 64.78 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lothar Milde  East Germany 62.44 63.08 62.58 59.98 60.24 58.00 63.08
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ludvík Daněk  Czechoslovakia 60.62 X 62.92 X 61.28 61.34 62.92
4 Hartmut Losch  East Germany 62.12 61.68 60.34 59.48 58.94 59.50 62.12
5 Jay Silvester  United States 61.10 61.78 X X X 60.44 61.78
6 Gary Carlsen  United States 58.62 59.26 59.46 59.30 52.60 58.54 59.46
7 Edmund Piątkowski  Poland 59.40 58.46 57.66 57.52 X 58.72 59.40
8 Ricky Bruch  Sweden 58.94 58.02 58.12 59.28 58.50 58.34 59.28
9 Hein-Direck Neu  West Germany 55.96 X 58.66 N/A 58.66
10 Günter Schaumburg  East Germany 56.64 57.70 58.62 N/A 58.62
11 Ferenc Tégla  Hungary 56.74 58.36 57.78 N/A 58.36
12 Robin Tait  New Zealand 56.52 57.68 56.84 N/A 57.68

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games: Men's Discus Throw". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 13 January 2018.

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