Men's discus throw world record progression

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Memorial circle at the Ludvík Daněk Town Stadium in Turnov, Czech Republic. The Czech inscription translates as: "At this spot on August 2, 1964, Ludvík Daněk set world record in discus throw marking 64.55 m."

The first world record in the men's discus was recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912, and was set by James Duncan in 1912 (47.58 m).

As of 2011, 42 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.[1] Another 14 are acknowledged but are unofficial since they were set before the founding of IAAF.

Outdoor progression[edit]

Mark Athlete Date Location
47.58 m (156 ft 1 in)  James Duncan (USA) 27 May 1912 New York
47.61 m (156 ft 214 in)  Thomas Lieb (USA) 14 September 1924 Chicago[1]
47.89 m (157 ft 114 in)  Glenn Hartranft (USA) 2 May 1925 San Francisco[1]
48.20 m (158 ft 112 in)  Bud Houser (USA) 2 April 1926 Palo Alto, California
49.90 m (163 ft 812 in)  Eric Krenz (USA) 9 April 1929 Palo Alto
51.03 m (167 ft 5 in)  Eric Krenz (USA) 17 May 1930 Palo Alto
51.73 m (169 ft 812 in)  Paul Jessup (USA) 23 August 1930 Pittsburgh
52.42 m (171 ft 1134 in)  Harald Andersson (SWE) 25 August 1934 Oslo
53.10 m (174 ft 212 in)  Willy Schröder (GER) 28 April 1935 Magdeburg, Germany
53.26 m (174 ft 834 in)  Archibald Harris (USA) 20 June 1941 Palo Alto
53.34 m (175 ft 0 in)  Adolfo Consolini (ITA) 26 October 1941 Milan
54.23 m (177 ft 11 in)  Adolfo Consolini (ITA) 14 April 1946 Milan
54.93 m (180 ft 212 in)  Bob Fitch (USA) 8 June 1946 Minneapolis, Minnesota
55.33 m (181 ft 614 in)  Adolfo Consolini (ITA) 10 October 1948 Milan
56.46 m (185 ft 234 in)  Fortune Gordien (USA) 9 July 1949 Lisbon
56.97 m (186 ft 1034 in)  Fortune Gordien (USA) 14 August 1949 Hämeenlinna, Finland
57.93 m (190 ft 012 in)  Sim Iness (USA) 20 June 1953 Lincoln, Nebraska
58.10 m (190 ft 714 in)  Fortune Gordien (USA) 11 July 1953 Pasadena, California
59.28 m (194 ft 534 in)  Fortune Gordien (USA) 22 August 1953 Pasadena
59.91 m (196 ft 612 in)  Edmund Piątkowski (POL) 14 June 1959 Warsaw
59.91 m (196 ft 612 in)  Rink Babka (USA) 12 August 1960 Walnut, California
60.56 m (198 ft 814 in)  Jay Silvester (USA) 11 August 1961 Frankfurt, West Germany
60.72 m (199 ft 212 in)  Jay Silvester (USA) 20 August 1961 Brussels, Belgium
61.10 m (200 ft 512 in)  Al Oerter (USA) 18 May 1962 Los Angeles
61.64 m (202 ft 234 in)  Vladimir Trusenyev (USSR) 4 June 1962 Leningrad, USSR [2]
62.45 m (204 ft 1012 in)  Al Oerter (USA) 1 July 1962 Chicago
62.62 m (205 ft 514 in)  Al Oerter (USA) 27 April 1963 Walnut
62.94 m (206 ft 534 in)  Al Oerter (USA) 25 April 1964 Walnut
64.55 m (211 ft 914 in)  Ludvik Danek (TCH) 2 August 1964 Turnov, Czechoslovakia
65.22 m (213 ft 1112 in)  Ludvik Danek (TCH) 12 October 1965 Sokolov, Czechoslovakia
66.54 m (218 ft 312 in)  Jay Silvester (USA) 25 May 1968 Modesto, California
68.40 m (224 ft 434 in)  Jay Silvester (USA) 18 September 1968 Reno, Nevada
68.40 m (224 ft 434 in)  Ricky Bruch (SWE) 5 July 1972 Stockholm
68.48 m (224 ft 8 in)  John van Reenen (RSA) 14 March 1975 Stellenbosch, South Africa
69.08 m (226 ft 712 in)  John Powell (USA) 3 May 1975 Long Beach, California
69.18 m (226 ft 1112 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) 24 April 1976 Walnut
69.80 m (229 ft 0 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) 1 May 1976 San Jose, California
70.24 m (230 ft 514 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) 1 May 1976 San Jose
70.86 m (232 ft 534 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) 1 May 1976 San Jose
71.16 m (233 ft 512 in)  Wolfgang Schmidt (GDR) 9 August 1978 Berlin
71.86 m (235 ft 9 in)  Yuriy Dumchev (USSR) 29 May 1983 Moscow
74.08 m (243 ft 012 in)  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 6 June 1986 Neubrandenburg, East Germany

On July 7, 1981 Ben Plucknett of the United States won a meet in Stockholm with a world record throw of 72.34 m (237 ft 4 in),[3] but the record was nullified by the I.A.A.F. one week later when they announced that Plucknett had tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nortestosterone.[4]

Indoor world record progress[edit]

Record Athlete Date Meet Place Ref
66.20 m (217 ft 214 in)  Wolfgang Schmidt (GER) 9 January 1980 Berlin, Germany [5]
69.51 m (228 ft 012 in)  Gerd Kanter (EST) 22 March 2009 World Record Indoor Challenge Växjö, Sweden [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "13th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2011" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2011. pp. 606, 607. Archived from the original (pdf) on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ M Discus world record progress
  3. ^ "Top Lists: Discus Throw - Men - Senior - Outdoor". IAAF Athletics: Records and Lists. International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Litsky, Frank (November 22, 2002). "Obituaries: Ben Plucknett, 48, Track Star Who Lost Record After Drug Test". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Live from Växjö!". www.team75plus.com. 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Kanter throws 69.51m world indoor best in Växjö". IAAF. 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2010-03-28.