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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

The men's discus throw competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was held at the Olympic Stadium on 21–23 August. It was originally planned to hold the discus throw at the Ancient Olympia Stadium, but it was discovered that the field was not large enough to accommodate the range of modern discus throwers, and would have posed a danger to spectators. As such, it was decided to move the discus throw and to hold the shot put at the ancient stadium, despite the fact that the shot put was not contested at the Ancient Olympic Games.[1]

Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates21–23 August
Competitors39 from 26 nations
Winning distance69.89 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania
2nd, silver medalist(s) Zoltán Kővágó  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Aleksander Tammert  Estonia
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Hungary's Róbert Fazekas had initially finished first in the final, but committed an anti-doping breach for failing to submit a proper urine sample during the drug test and was thereby not allowed to present his gold in the medal ceremony, resulting to his disqualification.[2] Lithuania's Virgilijus Alekna, who originally placed second in the final, eventually defended his Olympic title at the time of the medal ceremony, and was followed by Fazekas' teammate Zoltán Kővágó for the silver and Estonia's Aleksander Tammert for the bronze.[3]

Competition formatEdit

Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes 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.[4]

ScheduleEdit

All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 21 August 2004 09:00 Qualification
Monday, 23 August 2004 20:20 Final

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 m Neubrandenburg, East Germany 6 June 1986
Olympic record   Lars Riedel (GER) 69.40 m Atlanta, United States 31 July 1996

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Result Record
23 August Final Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania 69.89 m OR

ResultsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

Rule: Qualifying standard 64.50 (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Róbert Fazekas   Hungary 63.88 68.10 68.10 Q
2 A Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania x 63.80 67.79 67.79 Q
3 A Aleksander Tammert   Estonia 65.70 65.70 Q
4 B Lars Riedel   Germany 64.20 64.20 Q
5 A Hannes Hopley   South Africa 62.71 62.50 63.89 63.89 q
6 A Gabor Mate   Hungary 57.40 62.43 63.41 63.41 q
7 A Torsten Schmidt   Germany 56.86 60.63 63.40 63.40 q
8 B Casey Malone   United States 59.99 63.27 61.83 63.27 q
9 B Vasiliy Kaptyukh   Belarus 63.04 x 62.93 63.04 q
10 B Frantz Kruger   South Africa 60.91 62.32 x 62.32 q
11 A Libor Malina   Czech Republic 60.54 x 62.12 62.12 q
12 B Zoltán Kővágó   Hungary x 61.91 60.77 61.91 q
13 B Mario Pestano   Spain x x 61.69 61.69
14 A Jarred Rome   United States 59.35 x 61.55 61.55
15 B Vikas Gowda   India 61.35 61.39 59.87 61.39
16 A Jason Tunks   Canada 61.21 60.02 60.34 61.21
17 B Rutger Smith   Netherlands x 61.11 x 61.11
18 A Frank Casañas   Cuba 60.15 60.60 57.27 60.60
19 B Wu Tao   China 48.96 x 60.60 60.60
20 A Gerd Kanter   Estonia x 60.05 x 60.05
21 B Michael Möllenbeck   Germany 56.42 59.79 x 59.79
22 A Ian Waltz   United States 58.97 58.55 57.52 58.97
23 B Savvas Panavoglou   Greece 57.26 58.47 57.62 58.47
24 B Aliaksandr Malashevich   Belarus x 57.67 58.45 58.45
25 A Emeka Udechuku   Great Britain x 58.41 55.79 58.41
26 B Aleksandr Borichevskiy   Russia 58.12 58.19 57.86 58.19
27 B Ercüment Olgundeniz   Turkey 57.13 58.17 x 58.17
28 A Leonid Cherevko   Belarus 57.98 x 57.89 57.98
29 B Abbas Samimi   Iran 57.57 x 56.24 57.57
30 B Lois Maikel Martínez   Cuba 57.18 57.10 x 57.18
31 B Igor Primc   Slovenia 55.70 56.33 55.43 56.33
32 A Marcelo Pugliese   Argentina x 56.06 54.45 56.06
33 A Vadim Hranovschi   Moldova 53.77 52.30 55.64 55.64
34 B Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly   Egypt x 55.53 55.27 55.53
35 A Dragan Mustapic   Croatia 54.66 x x 54.66
36 A Jaroslav Žitňanský   Slovakia 53.30 x 51.87 53.30
37 B Shaka Sola   Samoa 50.36 51.10 50.97 51.10
A Anil Kumar   India x x x NM
A Dmitriy Shevchenko   Russia x x x NM

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
  Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania 69.89 x x x 69.49 x 69.89 OR
  Zoltán Kővágó   Hungary 57.31 66.40 66.03 67.04 58.25 x 67.04
  Aleksander Tammert   Estonia 66.66 x 64.28 63.95 64.04 x 66.66
4 Vasiliy Kaptyukh   Belarus 65.10 59.82 62.88 63.44 64.89 63.63 65.10
5 Frantz Kruger   South Africa 64.34 x 61.01 62.53 x 60.73 64.34
6 Casey Malone   United States 62.80 60.34 x 64.33 62.73 63.65 64.33
7 Lars Riedel   Germany x 62.80 x 62.80
8 Hannes Hopley   South Africa 60.18 61.99 62.58 62.58
9 Torsten Schmidt   Germany x 61.18 61.10 61.18
10 Libor Malina   Czech Republic 57.39 x 58.78 58.78
11 Gabor Mate   Hungary 57.02 x 57.84 57.84
Róbert Fazekas   Hungary 66.39 70.93 69.35 68.92 67.64 70.93 DSQ[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Discus champion thrown out of Games after doping breach". ABC News Australia. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  3. ^ Hersh, Philip (25 August 2004). "Hungarian Stripped of Discus Title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Men's Discus Throw". Athens 2004. Sports Reference. Retrieved 15 February 2015.

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