2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's discus throw

The women's discus throw at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on August 19 and August 21.

Reigning Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton was the favourite for the gold. She had set a career best and had the four longest throws of any athlete that season, although she had not competed since late June. Franka Dietzsch was another prominent performer: the 41-year-old was the defending champion and was making her 10th appearance of the tournament, but a weak season had underlined her waning powers. Cuban Yarelis Barrios looked set to build upon her World and Olympic silver medals from the last two years and Aimin Song had also performed well during the season. Veteran athletes Nicoleta Grasu and Natalya Sadova were also favoured to be among the top performers of the competition.[1]

Chinese athletes led the qualification rounds with Ma Xuejun and Song topping their respective groups. Newcomers Żaneta Glanc and Dani Samuels rounded out the top four qualifiers. Dietzsch sole legal throw of the competition was not enough for qualification, leaving Nadine Müller as the only host competitor to make the final. Brown Trafton edged into the final, needed all three throws to take a best non-qualifier's position.[2]

In the final, Grasu and Barrios quickly established themselves with marks of 65.20 m and 64.44 m, respectively, in the first two throws. Samuels, Glanc and Müller proved themselves on their third attempts, each throwing over 62 metres. Brown Trafton and Ma Xuejun both threw poorly and were among the four athletes eliminated after three throws. Personal bests of 64.76 and 65.44 m in the fourth and fifth round put Samuels in the lead. On the final throws, Song threw only enough to move up to fifth place, leader Grasu fouled but Barrios responded, although her mark of 65.31 m guaranteed her only second place.[3]

Samuels was a surprise winner: at 19 years old, she was the youngest ever World discus champion,[4] and she had progressed from Youth champion, to Junior winner, to the senior title in just four years. Barrios had matched her silver medal achievement at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and Grasu's bronze was her fourth medal in her career at the World Championships.[3]

MedalistsEdit

Gold   Dani Samuels (AUS)
Silver   Yarelis Barrios (CUB)
Bronze   Nicoleta Grasu (ROM)

RecordsEdit

World record   Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 Neubrandenburg, East Germany 7 July 1988
Championship record   Martina Hellmann (GDR) 71.62 Rome, Italy 31 August 1987
World leading   Stephanie Brown Trafton (USA) 66.21 San Mateo, United States 24 May 2009
African record   Elizna Naudé (RSA) 64.87 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2 March 2003
Asian record   Xiao Yanling (CHN) 71.68 Beijing, China 14 March 1992
North American record   Hilda Ramos (CUB) 70.88 Havana, Cuba 8 May 1992
South American record   Elisângela Adriano (BRA) 61.96 São Leopoldo, Brazil 21 May 1998
European record   Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 Neubrandenburg, East Germany 7 July 1988
Oceanian record   Daniela Costian (AUS) 68.72 Auckland, New Zealand 22 January 1994

Qualification standardsEdit

A standard B standard
62.00 m 58.50 m

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
August 19, 2009 10:10 Qualification
August 21, 2009 20:20 Final

ResultsEdit

QualificationEdit

Qualification: Qualifying Performance 61.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Ma Xuejun   China (CHN) 63.38 63.38 Q, SB
2 B Song Aimin   China (CHN) x 62.80 62.80 Q
3 B Dani Samuels   Australia (AUS) 62.67 62.67 Q
4 B Żaneta Glanc   Poland (POL) 49.79 62.43 62.43 Q
5 A Yarelis Barrios   Cuba (CUB) x x 62.19 62.19 Q
6 A Sandra Perkovic   Croatia (CRO) 61.02 x 62.16 62.16 Q
7 B Natalya Sadova   Russia (RUS) 61.94 61.94 Q
8 A Nicoleta Grasu   Romania (ROM) 60.25 61.78 61.78 Q
9 A Nadine Müller   Germany (GER) 61.63 61.63 Q
10 B Mélina Robert-Michon   France (FRA) 58.36 61.53 61.53 Q
11 A Stephanie Brown Trafton   United States (USA) 60.15 57.44 61.23 61.23 q
12 B Aretha Thurmond   United States (USA) 60.09 59.09 61.08 61.08 q
13 B Xu Shaoyang   China (CHN) 59.67 61.02 57.96 61.02 SB
14 B Yarisley Collado   Cuba (CUB) 59.56 59.23 60.37 60.37
15 B Seema Antil   India (IND) 59.85 x x 59.85 SB
16 A Elizna Naudé   South Africa (RSA) 59.46 59.46 59.67 59.67 SB
17 A Wioletta Potępa   Poland (POL) x 59.54 x 59.54
18 B Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová   Czech Republic (CZE) 57.87 58.37 59.52 59.52
19 A Dragana Tomašević   Serbia (SRB) 58.32 59.30 59.38 59.38
20 A Svetlana Ivanova-Saykina   Russia (RUS) 59.31 x 58.45 59.31
21 B Joanna Wiśniewska   Poland (POL) x 58.85 x 58.85
22 A Becky Breisch   United States (USA) 58.50 x 58.08 58.50
23 B Franka Dietzsch   Germany (GER) x x 58.44 58.44
24 B Vera Begić   Croatia (CRO) 54.63 x 58.25 58.25
25 A Yania Ferrales   Cuba (CUB) 57.71 55.84 58.24 58.24
26 B Anna Söderberg   Sweden (SWE) 56.38 57.92 x 57.92
27 A Kateryna Karsak   Ukraine (UKR) 56.79 x x 56.79
28 A Krishna Poonia   India (IND) x x 56.75 56.75
29 A Elisângela Adriano   Brazil (BRA) 54.99 52.00 55.75 55.75
30 B Rocío Comba   Argentina (ARG) 52.62 54.69 x 54.69
31 B Zinaida Sendriute   Lithuania (LTU) 52.85 54.55 x 54.55
32 A Sofia Larsson   Sweden (SWE) 51.87 x 54.28 54.28
33 A Olena Antonova   Ukraine (UKR) x 54.28 x 54.28
34 B Li Wen-Hua   Chinese Taipei (TPE) 53.88 49.91 52.49 53.88
35 B Kazai Suzanne Kragbé   Ivory Coast (CIV) 52.24 53.84 52.79 53.84 NR
36 A Venera Getova   Bulgaria (BUL) 53.33 x x 53.33
37 B Tereapii Tapoki   Cook Islands (COK) x 45.29 x 45.29 SB
A Ellina Zvereva   Belarus (BLR) x x x NM
B Iryna Yatchenko   Belarus (BLR) x x x NM
B Natalya Fokina-Semenova   Ukraine (UKR) DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
  Dani Samuels   Australia (AUS) x 59.05 62.71 64.76 65.44 x 65.44 PB
  Yarelis Barrios   Cuba (CUB) 64.44 63.87 61.17 x x 65.31 65.31 SB
  Nicoleta Grasu   Romania (ROM) x 65.20 62.38 60.68 63.41 x 65.20 SB
4 Zaneta Glanc   Poland (POL) 58.69 59.83 62.66 x 57.71 x 62.66
5 Song Aimin   China (CHN) 51.69 60.50 61.78 x 61.39 62.42 62.42
6 Nadine Müller   Germany (GER) 57.53 57.62 62.04 60.40 x x 62.04
7 Natalya Sadova   Russia (RUS) 60.70 61.78 59.31 60.44 58.26 61.44 61.78
8 Mélina Robert-Michon   France (FRA) 59.80 60.92 60.89 x 59.90 59.69 60.92
9 Sandra Perkovic   Croatia (CRO) x 60.77 x 60.77
10 Aretha Thurmond   United States (USA) x 59.89 59.88 59.89
11 Ma Xuejun   China (CHN) 58.79 x 58.58 58.79
12 Stephanie Brown Trafton   United States (USA) 58.53 x 57.94 58.53

ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Women's Discus Throw - PREVIEW Archived 2009-10-10 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.
  2. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-19). Event Report - Women's Discus Throw - Qualification Archived 2009-09-22 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.
  3. ^ a b Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-21). Event Report - Women's Discus Throw - Final Archived 2012-06-13 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.
  4. ^ Dani Samuels - In A Spin. Inside Athletics. Retrieved on 2009-10-21.