Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw
|Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Competitors||39 from 26 nations|
|Winning distance||69.89 OR|
|Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The men's discus throw competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was held at the Olympic Stadium on 21–23 August. It was originally planned to hold the discus throw at the Ancient Olympia Stadium, but it was discovered that the field was not large enough to accommodate the range of modern discus throwers, and would have posed a danger to spectators. As such, it was decided to move the discus throw and to hold the shot put at the ancient stadium, despite the fact that the shot put was not contested at the Ancient Olympic Games.
Hungary's Róbert Fazekas had initially finished first in the final, but committed an anti-doping breach for failing to submit a proper urine sample during the drug test and was thereby not allowed to present his gold in the medal ceremony, resulting to his disqualification. Lithuania's Virgilijus Alekna, who originally placed second in the final, eventually defended his Olympic title at the time of the medal ceremony, and was followed by Fazekas' teammate Zoltán Kővágó for the silver and Estonia's Aleksander Tammert for the bronze.
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.
All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)
|Saturday, 21 August 2004||09:00||Qualification|
|Monday, 23 August 2004||20:20||Final|
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Jürgen Schult (GDR)||74.08 m||Neubrandenburg, East Germany||6 June 1986|
|Olympic record||Lars Riedel (GER)||69.40 m||Atlanta, United States||31 July 1996|
The following records were established during the competition:
|23 August||Final||Virgilijus Alekna||Lithuania||69.89 m||OR|
Rule: Qualifying standard 64.50 (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|5||A||Hannes Hopley||South Africa||62.71||62.50||63.89||63.89||q|
|8||B||Casey Malone||United States||59.99||63.27||61.83||63.27||q|
|10||B||Frantz Kruger||South Africa||60.91||62.32||x||62.32||q|
|11||A||Libor Malina||Czech Republic||60.54||x||62.12||62.12||q|
|14||A||Jarred Rome||United States||59.35||x||61.55||61.55|
|22||A||Ian Waltz||United States||58.97||58.55||57.52||58.97|
|25||A||Emeka Udechuku||Great Britain||x||58.41||55.79||58.41|
|30||B||Lois Maikel Martínez||Cuba||57.18||57.10||x||57.18|
|34||B||Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly||Egypt||x||55.53||55.27||55.53|
|5||Frantz Kruger||South Africa||64.34||x||61.01||62.53||x||60.73||64.34|
|6||Casey Malone||United States||62.80||60.34||x||64.33||62.73||63.65||64.33|
|8||Hannes Hopley||South Africa||60.18||61.99||62.58||62.58|
|10||Libor Malina||Czech Republic||57.39||x||58.78||58.78|
- "Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "Discus champion thrown out of Games after doping breach". ABC News Australia. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- Hersh, Philip (25 August 2004). "Hungarian Stripped of Discus Title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Men's Discus Throw". Athens 2004. Sports Reference. Retrieved 15 February 2015.