Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's discus throw

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Women's discus throw
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates September 9 & September 10
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Faina Melnik
 Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s) Argentina Menis
 Romania
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Vasilka Stoeva
 Bulgaria
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Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 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 women
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 women's discus throw field event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place on September 9 & September 10. Armenia Soviet Faina Melnik was the strong favorite to win the gold. She has broken the world record five times since 1971 as well as being the European Champion in the same year. But twice in 1972 she had been beaten by Romanian Argentina Menis. Menis took the lead in round one breaking the Olympic record throw of 64.28 m (210 ft 10 12 in). In the start of the fourth round Menis lead with Melnik in fifth. Menis then improved here distance to 65.06 m (213 ft 5 12 in). Melnike threw next and overtook Menis with a throw of 66.62 m (218 ft 7 in) which held on to win the gold. Thirteen days later, Menis broke Melnik’s world record with a throw of 67.32 m (220 ft 10 12 in).[1]

Results[edit]

All throwers reaching 55.00 m (180 ft 5 12 in) and the top 12 including ties, advanced to the finals. All qualifiers are shown in blue. All distances are listed in metres.

Qualifying[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw
1 Argentina Menis  Romania 61.58
OR
61.58 p p
2 Faina Melnik  Soviet Union 61.26 53.00 61.26 p
3 Tamara Danilova  Soviet Union 60.34 60.34 p p
4 Gabriele Hinzmann  East Germany 59.80 59.80 p p
5 Liesel Westermann  West Germany 58.26 58.26 p p
6 Carmen Ionescu  Romania 57.82 x 57.82 p
7 Brigitte Berendonk  West Germany 56.90 54.74 56.90 p
8 Svetla Bozhkova  Bulgaria 56.42 54.52 56.42 p
9 Lia Manoliu  Romania 55.88 55.88 p p
10 Rosemary Payne  Great Britain 55.56 x 53.56 55.56
11 Vasilka Stoeva  Bulgaria 55.26 x 55.26 p
12 Lyudmila Muravyova  Soviet Union 55.24 55.24 p p
13 Josephine de la Viña  Philippines 53.29 51.08 x 53.29
14 Radostina Vasekova  Bulgaria 53.86 x x 53.86
15 Krystyna Nadolna  Poland 52.52 x 47.42 52.52
16 Olga Connolly  United States 51.58 51.58 x 50.76
17 Maggy Wauters  Belgium 49.62 49.62 x x
Ok-Ja Paik  South Korea DNS
Jolán Kleiberné-Kontsek  Hungary DNS
Rosa Molina  Chile DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw 4th throw 5th throw 6th throw
1st, gold medalist(s) Faina Melnik  Soviet Union 66.62
OR
60.56 61.32 57.96 66.62
OR
62.76 x
2nd, silver medalist(s) Argentina Menis  Romania 65.06 64.28
OR
59.82 60.88 65.06
OR
63.78 64.90
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Vasilka Stoeva  Bulgaria 64.34 61.08 x 64.20 62.24 64.34 62.10
4 Tamara Danilova  Soviet Union 62.86 62.64
OR
58.14 62.86 61.14 x x
5 Liesel Westermann  West Germany 62.18 x 57.04 62.18 61.66 x x
6 Gabriele Hinzmann  East Germany 61.72 57.52 59.14 60.12 61.08 61.72 60.22
7 Carmen Ionescu  Romania 60.42 57.78 58.76 57.06 59.08 x 60.42
8 Lyudmila Muravyova  Soviet Union 59.00 57.52 57.92 59.00 x 58.86 57.20
9 Lia Manoliu  Romania 58.50 58.18 58.50 x
10 Svetla Bozhkova  Bulgaria 56.72 56.50 56.72 x
11 Brigitte Berendonk  West Germany 56.58 55.60 x 56.58
12 Rosemary Payne  Great Britain 56.50 56.50 x

Key: OR = Olympic record; p = pass; x = fault; NM = no mark

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Reference. "Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games: Women's Discus Throw". Retrieved 4 January 2012.