Ludvík Daněk

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Ludvík Daněk
Ludvík Daněk 1972.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Czech
Born 6 January 1937
Blansko, Czechoslovakia
Died 15 November 1998 (aged 61)
Hutisko-Solanec, Czech Republic
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 123 kg (271 lb)
Country  Czechoslovakia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw
Club Spartak Brno, Sparta Praha
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 67.18 m (1974)

Ludvík Daněk (Czech pronunciation: [ˈludviːk ˈdaɲɛk]) (6 January 1937 in Blansko – 15 November 1998 in Hutisko-Solanec near Vsetín) was a Czechoslovak discus thrower, who won the gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games with a throw of 64.40 m (211'3").

Daněk competed in four Summer Olympics for Czechoslovakia, winning silver in 1964 Olympics, bronze in 1968 Olympics and gold in 1972 Olympics. He set three world records in discus throw, of 64.55 m in 1964, 65.22 m in 1965 and of 66.07 m in 1966. He also won several medals at the European Athletics Championships. He was the gold medallist at the 1971 European Athletics Championships and was the silver medallist three years later at the 1974 European Athletics Championships.[1]

After retiring from competitions Daněk became a sports administrator, and served as vice-president of the Czech athletics federation.[1] The location where he set his first world record in 1964 is now celebrated with a memorial circle, and the venue in Turnov is now called the Ludvík Daněk Stadium. Since 1999, the year following his death, the stadium has hosted an annual track and field meeting in his honour – the Ludvík Daněk Memorial.[2]

Major competitions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ludvik Danek. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2 June 2013.
  2. ^ Memoriál Ludvíka Daňka v Turnově. Themis. Retrieved on 2 June 2013.
Preceded by
Al Oerter
Men's Discus World Record Holder
2 August 1964 – 25 May 1968
Succeeded by
Jay Silvester
Preceded by
Vladimir Trusenyov
Men's Discus European Record Holder
10 May 1964 – 21 September 1969
Succeeded by
Ricky Bruch