Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Women's discus throw

The women's discus throw field event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place on September 9 & September 10.[1] Armenia Soviet Faina Melnik was the strong favorite to win the gold. She has broken the world record five times since 1971 as well as being the European Champion in the same year. But twice in 1972 she had been beaten by Romanian Argentina Menis. Menis took the lead in round one breaking the Olympic record throw of 64.28 m (210 ft 10 12 in). In the start of the fourth round Menis lead with Melnik in fifth. Menis then improved here distance to 65.06 m (213 ft 5 12 in). Melnike threw next and overtook Menis with a throw of 66.62 m (218 ft 7 in) which held on to win the gold. Thirteen days later, Menis broke Melnik’s world record with a throw of 67.32 m (220 ft 10 12 in).[2]

Women's discus throw
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
DatesSeptember 9 & September 10
Competitors17 from 10 nations
Winning throw66.62 OR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Faina Melnik
 Soviet Union
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Argentina Menis
 Romania
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Vasilka Stoeva
 Bulgaria
← 1968
1976 →

ResultsEdit

All throwers reaching 55.00 m (180 ft 5 12 in) and the top 12 including ties, advanced to the finals. All qualifiers are shown in blue. All distances are listed in metres.

QualifyingEdit

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw
1 Argentina Menis   Romania 61.58
OR
61.58 p p
2 Faina Melnik   Soviet Union 61.26 53.00 61.26 p
3 Tamara Danilova   Soviet Union 60.34 60.34 p p
4 Gabriele Hinzmann   East Germany 59.80 59.80 p p
5 Liesel Westermann   West Germany 58.26 58.26 p p
6 Carmen Ionescu   Romania 57.82 x 57.82 p
7 Brigitte Berendonk   West Germany 56.90 54.74 56.90 p
8 Svetla Bozhkova   Bulgaria 56.42 54.52 56.42 p
9 Lia Manoliu   Romania 55.88 55.88 p p
10 Rosemary Payne   Great Britain 55.56 x 53.56 55.56
11 Vasilka Stoeva   Bulgaria 55.26 x 55.26 p
12 Lyudmila Muravyova   Soviet Union 55.24 55.24 p p
13 Josephine de la Viña   Philippines 53.29 51.08 x 53.29
14 Radostina Vasekova   Bulgaria 53.86 x x 53.86
15 Krystyna Nadolna   Poland 52.52 x 47.42 52.52
16 Olga Connolly   United States 51.58 51.58 x 50.76
17 Maggy Wauters   Belgium 49.62 49.62 x x
Ok-Ja Paik   South Korea DNS
Jolán Kleiberné-Kontsek   Hungary DNS
Rosa Molina   Chile DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw 4th throw 5th throw 6th throw
  Faina Melnik   Soviet Union 66.62
OR
60.56 61.32 57.96 66.62
OR
62.76 x
  Argentina Menis   Romania 65.06 64.28
OR
59.82 60.88 65.06
OR
63.78 64.90
  Vasilka Stoeva   Bulgaria 64.34 61.08 x 64.20 62.24 64.34 62.10
4 Tamara Danilova   Soviet Union 62.86 62.64
OR
58.14 62.86 61.14 x x
5 Liesel Westermann   West Germany 62.18 x 57.04 62.18 61.66 x x
6 Gabriele Hinzmann   East Germany 61.72 57.52 59.14 60.12 61.08 61.72 60.22
7 Carmen Ionescu   Romania 60.42 57.78 58.76 57.06 59.08 x 60.42
8 Lyudmila Muravyova   Soviet Union 59.00 57.52 57.92 59.00 x 58.86 57.20
9 Lia Manoliu   Romania 58.50 58.18 58.50 x
10 Svetla Bozhkova   Bulgaria 56.72 56.50 56.72 x
11 Brigitte Berendonk   West Germany 56.58 55.60 x 56.58
12 Rosemary Payne   Great Britain 56.50 56.50 x 52.26

Key: OR = Olympic record; p = pass; x = fault; NM = no mark

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 Munich City Summer Games: Women's Discus Throw". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ Sports Reference. "Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games: Women's Discus Throw". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2012.

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