Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

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Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 6–7 August
Competitors 41 from 24 nations
Winning distance 68.27
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Harting  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ehsan Haddadi  Iran
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gerd Kanter  Estonia
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The men's discus throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–7 August.[1] 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.[2]

Six made the automatic qualifier to the finals, Ehsan Haddadi, Jorge Fernandez and Robert Harting on their first attempt. The top qualifier was defending champion Gerd Kanter, but it took him three throws to get a distance that would qualify. The #10 qualifier was two time champion Virgilijus Alekna.

In the final, most improved their distances by several meters. Alekna launched a 67.38 on the third throw of the competition. Four throws later, Haddadi took the lead with a 68.18, with Harting moving into second place with 67.79. That was the situation through the first four rounds. Kanter made minor improvements, but was out of the medals until his fifth throw of 68.03, knocking Alekna out of his fourth straight medal. Two throws later, Harting launched the winner, going just 9 cm beyond Haddadi with a 68.27.[3] The 2.01m, 130 kg. Harting celebrated his medal on his victory lap skillfully jumping over the row of women's hurdles already on the track and doing a Hulk Hogan shirt rip.[4]

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Monday, 6 August 2012 10:00 Qualifications
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 19:45 Finals

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, 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  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 69.89 m Athens, Greece 23 August 2004
2012 World leading  Robert Harting (GER) 70.66 m Turnov, Czech Republic 22 May 2012

Results[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 65.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Kanter, GerdGerd Kanter  Estonia X 59.72 66.39 66.39 Q
2 B Harting, RobertRobert Harting  Germany 66.22 - - 66.22 Q
3 B Fernandez, JorgeJorge Fernandez  Cuba 65.34 - - 65.34 Q
4 B Okoye, LawrenceLawrence Okoye  Great Britain X 63.00 65.28 65.28 Q
5 A Gowda, VikasVikas Gowda  India 63.52 65.20 - 65.20 Q
6 A Haddadi, EhsanEhsan Haddadi  Iran 65.19 - - 65.19 Q
7 A Małachowski, PiotrPiotr Małachowski  Poland 62.08 64.65 63.96 64.65 q
8 B Wierig, MartinMartin Wierig  Germany 64.13 62.66 X 64.13 q
9 B Harradine, BennBenn Harradine  Australia 64.00 X 61.39 64.00 q
10 A Alekna, VirgilijusVirgilijus Alekna  Lithuania 62.32 63.88 X 63.88 q
11 A Casañas, FrankFrank Casañas  Spain X 63.76 60.21 63.76 q
12 A Cadée, ErikErik Cadée  Netherlands 63.55 X X 63.55 q
13 A Parellis, ApostolosApostolos Parellis  Cyprus 63.48 62.49 62.54 63.48
14 B Pestano, MarioMario Pestano  Spain 63.40 63.36 X 63.40
15 B Pishchalnikov, BogdanBogdan Pishchalnikov  Russia 61.69 X 63.15 63.15
16 B Smith, RutgerRutger Smith  Netherlands 63.00 62.70 63.09 63.09
17 B Marić, MartinMartin Marić  Croatia 61.04 62.83 62.87 62.87
18 A Young, JasonJason Young  United States 62.18 X X 62.18
19 A Martin, ScottScott Martin  Australia 58.15 57.67 62.14 62.14
20 B Smikle, TravesTraves Smikle  Jamaica X 59.59 61.85 61.85
21 B Brooks, LanceLance Brooks  United States 61.17 60.59 59.25 61.17
22 B Czajkowski, PrzemyslawPrzemyslaw Czajkowski  Poland 58.73 X 61.08 61.08
23 A Olgundeniz, ErcümentErcüment Olgundeniz  Turkey X X 60.87 60.87
24 B Mayer, GerhardGerhard Mayer  Austria 59.40 60.81 60.27 60.81
25 A Israel, MärtMärt Israel  Estonia 59.60 X 60.34 60.34
26 B El Ghazaly, Omar AhmedOmar Ahmed El Ghazaly  Egypt 60.16 60.26 58.89 60.26
27 A Tammert, AleksanderAleksander Tammert  Estonia 57.00 60.20 59.78 60.20
28 A Wruck, JulianJulian Wruck  Australia 58.01 60.08 59.64 60.08
29 B Buhari, AbdulAbdul Buhari  Great Britain 54.20 55.78 60.08 60.08
30 A Münch, MarkusMarkus Münch  Germany 59.95 59.34 X 59.95
31 B Rome, JarredJarred Rome  United States X X 59.57 59.57
32 A Urbanek, RobertRobert Urbanek  Poland 59.56 X X 59.56
33 B Al-Dawoodi, Sultan MubarakSultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi  Saudi Arabia 55.48 55.80 59.54 59.54
34 B Nesterenko, MykytaMykyta Nesterenko  Ukraine X 58.22 59.17 59.17
35 A Morse, BrettBrett Morse  Great Britain X 58.18 X 58.18
36 A Varga, RolandRoland Varga  Croatia 57.76 58.17 57.79 58.17
37 A Lauro, GermánGermán Lauro  Argentina X 55.23 57.54 57.54
38 B Furtula, DanijelDanijel Furtula  Montenegro 57.48 X X 57.48
39 A Morgan, JasonJason Morgan  Jamaica 56.25 56.72 57.46 57.46
40 A Lastre, YunioYunio Lastre  Cuba X X 57.33 57.33
41 B Julião, RonaldRonald Julião  Brazil X 56.20 X 56.20

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Harting  Germany 67.79 X 67.27 66.45 68.27 67.08 68.27
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ehsan Haddadi  Iran 68.18 64.09 67.28 66.98 X X 68.18
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gerd Kanter  Estonia 65.07 65.79 66.02 65.96 68.03 66.99 68.03 SB
4 Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania 67.38 X X 66.07 X X 67.38
5 Piotr Małachowski  Poland 62.50 66.92 X 67.19 X X 67.19
6 Martin Wierig  Germany 63.34 63.98 X 65.85 64.79 65.12 65.85
7 Frank Casañas  Spain 65.56 X X 64.92 65.48 63.16 65.56
8 Vikas Gowda  India 64.79 60.95 63.03 64.15 64.48 63.89 64.79
9 Benn Harradine  Australia 58.24 63.16 63.59 63.59
10 Erik Cadée  Netherlands 62.40 62.77 62.78 62.78
11 Jorge Fernandez  Cuba X 60.04 62.02 62.02
12 Lawrence Okoye  Great Britain 61.03 X 60.11 61.03

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