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

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Women's discus throw
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
London 2012 Women's Discus Throw Victory Ceremony.jpg
Women's discus throw victory ceremony
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3–4 August
Competitors 36 from 23 nations
Winning distance 69.11
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Sandra Perković  Croatia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Li Yanfeng  China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Yarelys Barrios  Cuba
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The women's discus throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3–4 August.[1] Each athlete received three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieved the qualifying distance progressed to the final. If less than twelve athletes were to achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes would 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]

Eight automatic qualifiers were achieved in the qualifying round, all but one exceeding the minimum by half a meter. Darya Pishchalnikova, Nadine Müller and Sandra Perković made it in their first attempt, while Yarelys Barrios hit the top qualifier 65.94 in her second throw after fouling the first. It took 62.47 to make the final.

In the final, Nadine Müller took the lead in the first round, while defending champion Stephanie Brown Trafton, who surprised everyone with her first round throw four years earlier, only managed the fifth best throw of the first round this time, and that turned out to be her best effort. In the second round, Li Yanfeng took the lead with 67.22. Previous silver medalist Yarelys Barrios followed with the second best throw of the competition 66.38. These positions lasted only until Sandra Perković threw 68.11 to assume the lead she would not relinquish. Her third round throw was a Croatian national record 69.11, solidifying her hold on the gold medal. Taking no follow through, she stood in the ring talking to the discus throughout its flight. In the fourth round, Darya Pishchalnikova edged into the bronze medal position with 66.42, then in the fifth round secured the silver medal with 67.56.

It was later announced that Pishchalnikova tested positive for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone in the samples taken in May 2012. On April, 2013 she was banned by the Russian Athletics Federation for ten years, and her results from May 2012 were annulled, meaning she was set on track to lose her Olympic medal.[3]

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 19:10 Qualifications
Saturday, 4 August 2012 19:30 Finals

Records[edit]

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

World record  Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 m Neubrandenburg, East Germany 9 July 1988
Olympic record  Martina Hellmann (GDR) 72.30 m Seoul, South Korea 29 September 1988
2012 World leading  Darya Pishchalnikova (RUS) 70.69 m Cheboksary, Russia 7 July 2012

Qualifying round[edit]

  • Entrants as of 27 July 2012.[4]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 63.00 m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Yarelys Barrios  Cuba x 65.94 - 65.94 Q
2 B Nadine Müller  Germany 65.89 - - 65.89 Q
3 B Sandra Perković  Croatia 65.74 - - 65.74 Q
4 A Darya Pishchalnikova  Russia 65.02 - - 65.02 Q
5 B Stephanie Brown Trafton  United States x 61.09 64.89 64.89 Q
6 A Li Yanfeng  China 59.69 64.48 - 64.48 Q
7 A Dani Samuels  Australia 60.02 x 63.97 63.97 Q, SB
8 A Krishna Poonia  India x 63.54 - 63.54 Q
9 B Anna Rüh  Germany 62.98 x 59.71 62.98 q
10 B Zinaida Sendriūtė  Lithuania 61.71 x 62.79 62.79 q
11 A Ma Xuejun  China 62.66 60.49 62.18 62.66 q
12 A Mélina Robert-Michon  France x 62.47 59.72 62.47 q
13 B Seema Antil  India x 61.10 61.99 61.99
14 B Nicoleta Grasu  Romania 61.86 59.59 x 61.86 SB
15 B Gia Lewis-Smallwood  United States x 61.44 61.25 61.44
16 B Andressa de Morais  Brazil x x 60.94 60.94 SB
17 B Svetlana Saykina  Russia 59.76 60.67 x 60.67
18 A Natalya Fokina-Semenova  Ukraine 58.37 60.61 60.36 60.61
19 B Dragana Tomašević  Serbia 59.32 60.53 57.68 60.53
20 A Julia Fischer  Germany x 58.82 60.23 60.23
21 B Karen Gallardo  Chile 58.82 60.09 x 60.09
22 A Li Wen-Hua  Chinese Taipei 58.22 59.91 58.99 59.91
23 A Żaneta Glanc  Poland 56.40 59.88 56.77 59.88
24 A Aretha Thurmond  United States 58.38 59.39 57.81 59.39
25 A Rocío Comba  Argentina 55.22 55.81 58.98 58.98
26 B Denia Caballero  Cuba 57.47 x 58.78 58.78
27 B Kateryna Karsak  Ukraine x x 58.64 58.64
28 A Allison Randall  Jamaica 57.16 58.06 x 58.06
29 A Yaime Perez  Cuba 57.46 x 57.87 57.87
30 B Monique Jansen  Netherlands 55.65 57.50 56.04 57.50
31 B Irina Rodrigues  Portugal 57.23 x 55.58 57.23
32 B Sviatlana Siarova  Belarus 56.70 55.99 x 56.70
33 A Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová  Czech Republic 55.00 x x 55.00
- B Tan Jian  China x x x NM
DSQ A Vera Karmishina-Ganeeva  Russia 59.90 49.53 x 59.90 Doping[5]

Final[edit]

Medal ceremony
  • Entrants as of 3 August 2012.[6]
Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Sandra Perković  Croatia 64.58 68.11 69.11 x 66.96 64.03 69.11 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Li Yanfeng  China x 67.22 x x 63.64 x 67.22
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Yarelys Barrios  Cuba 63.97 66.38 64.84 64.06 x 65.21 66.38
4 Nadine Müller  Germany 65.71 65.06 x 64.16 64.35 65.94 65.94
5 Mélina Robert-Michon  France 62.23 61.70 62.41 62.66 63.62 63.98 63.98 SB
6 Krishna Poonia  India 62.42 x 61.61 x 63.62 61.31 63.62
7 Stephanie Brown Trafton  United States 63.01 x 59.30 x x 61.89 63.01
8 Zinaida Sendriūtė  Lithuania 61.68 x x 61.68
9 Anna Rüh  Germany 59.95 x 61.36 61.36
10 Ma Xuejun  China 61.02 x 60.72 61.02
11 Dani Samuels  Australia 60.40 59.86 57.87 60.40
N/A Darya Pishchalnikova  Russia 65.19 62.07 65.06 66.42 67.56 59.13 67.56 DQ
  • Darya Pishchalnikova, who had been originally awarded the silver medal, had been tested positive for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone and her medal and record were revoked.

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