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
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 14–15
Competitors 27 from 19 nations
Winning distance 64.78 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
Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

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

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 Silvester, JayJay Silvester  United States 63.34 63.34
2 A Losch, HartmutHartmut Losch  East Germany 60.40 60.40
3 A Carlsen, GaryGary Carlsen  United States 60.36 60.36
3 A Milde, LotharLothar Milde  East Germany 60.36 60.36
5 A Schaumburg, GünterGünter Schaumburg  East Germany 60.14 60.14
6 A Oerter, AlAl Oerter  United States 59.36 59.36
7 A Daněk, LudvíkLudvík Daněk  Czechoslovakia 59.36 58.10 56.42 59.36
8 A Bruch, RickyRicky Bruch  Sweden 59.08 59.08
9 B Tait, RobinRobin Tait  New Zealand 58.88 58.88
10 A Neu, Hein-DireckHein-Direck Neu  West Germany X 55.26 58.56 58.56
11 A Tégla, FerencFerenc Tégla  Hungary 57.18 58.50 58.50
12 A Piątkowski, EdmundEdmund Piątkowski  Poland 58.24 58.24
13 A Gudashvili, GuramGuram Gudashvili  Soviet Union 57.48 55.84 X 57.48
14 A Puce, GeorgeGeorge Puce  Canada 57.34 X X 57.34
15 B Niaré, NamakoroNamakoro Niaré  Mali X 54.92 56.60 56.60
16 B Faragó, JánosJános Faragó  Hungary 54.98 56.00 X 56.00
17 B Kragbé, Denis SéguiDenis Ségui Kragbé  Côte d'Ivoire 55.24 54.24 X 55.24
18 B Gajdziński, LechLech Gajdziński  Poland 54.92 X X 54.92
19 A Reimers, JensJens Reimers  West Germany 53.18 X 54.02 54.02
20 B Kashmiri, JoeJoe Kashmiri  Iran 53.00 53.96 53.30 53.96
21 B Hennig, Klaus-PeterKlaus-Peter Hennig  West Germany 53.80 X X 53.80
22 B Reinitzer, HeimoHeimo Reinitzer  Austria 51.90 52.00 53.52 53.52
23 B Mederos, ModestoModesto Mederos  Cuba 52.30 X 49.42 52.30
24 B Tancred, BillBill Tancred  Great Britain X 48.86 51.74 51.74
25 B Hubacher, EdyEdy Hubacher  Switzerland X 49.80 51.70 51.70
26 B Mendoza, RolandoRolando Mendoza  Nicaragua 39.62 36.46 38.78 39.62
27 B Jubis, MauricioMauricio 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) Oerter, AlAl Oerter  United States 61.78 X 64.78 62.42 64.74 64.04 64.78 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Milde, LotharLothar Milde  East Germany 62.44 63.08 62.58 59.98 60.24 58.00 63.08
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Daněk, LudvíkLudvík Daněk  Czechoslovakia 60.62 X 62.92 X 61.28 61.34 62.92
4 Losch, HartmutHartmut Losch  East Germany 62.12 61.68 60.34 59.48 58.94 59.50 62.12
5 Silvester, JayJay Silvester  United States 61.10 61.78 X X X 60.44 61.78
6 Carlsen, GaryGary Carlsen  United States 58.62 59.26 59.46 59.30 52.60 58.54 59.46
7 Piątkowski, EdmundEdmund Piątkowski  Poland 59.40 58.46 57.66 57.52 X 58.72 59.40
8 Bruch, RickyRicky Bruch  Sweden 58.94 58.02 58.12 59.28 58.50 58.34 59.28
9 Neu, Hein-DireckHein-Direck Neu  West Germany 55.96 X 58.66 N/A 58.66
10 Schaumburg, GünterGünter Schaumburg  East Germany 56.64 57.70 58.62 N/A 58.62
11 Tégla, FerencFerenc Tégla  Hungary 56.74 58.36 57.78 N/A 58.36
12 Tait, RobinRobin Tait  New Zealand 56.52 57.68 56.84 N/A 57.68

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