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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

The men's discus throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–7 August.[1] 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.[2]

Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date6–7 August
Competitors41 from 24 nations
Winning distance68.27
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Harting  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ehsan Haddadi  Iran
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gerd Kanter  Estonia
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Six made the automatic qualifier to the finals, Ehsan Haddadi, Jorge Fernandez and Robert Harting on their first attempt. The top qualifier was defending champion Gerd Kanter, but it took him three throws to get a distance that would qualify. The #10 qualifier was two-time champion Virgilijus Alekna.

In the final, most improved their distances by several meters. Alekna launched a 67.38 on the third throw of the competition. Four throws later, Haddadi took the lead with a 68.18, with Harting moving into second place with 67.79. That was the situation through the first four rounds. Kanter made minor improvements, but was out of the medals until his fifth throw of 68.03, knocking Alekna out of his fourth straight medal. Two throws later, Harting launched the winner, going just 9 cm beyond Haddadi with a 68.27.[3] The 2.01m, 130 kg. Harting celebrated his medal on his victory lap skillfully jumping over the row of women's hurdles already on the track and doing a Hulk Hogan shirt rip.[4]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Monday, 6 August 2012 10:00 Qualifications
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 19:45 Finals

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   Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 69.89 m Athens, Greece 23 August 2004
2012 World leading   Robert Harting (GER) 70.66 m Turnov, Czech Republic 22 May 2012

ResultsEdit

QualificationEdit

Qual. rule: qualification standard 65.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Gerd Kanter   Estonia X 59.72 66.39 66.39 Q
2 B Robert Harting   Germany 66.22 - - 66.22 Q
3 B Jorge Fernandez   Cuba 65.34 - - 65.34 Q
4 B Lawrence Okoye   Great Britain X 63.00 65.28 65.28 Q
5 A Vikas Gowda   India 63.52 65.20 - 65.20 Q
6 A Ehsan Haddadi   Iran 65.19 - - 65.19 Q
7 A Piotr Małachowski   Poland 62.08 64.65 63.96 64.65 q
8 B Martin Wierig   Germany 64.13 62.66 X 64.13 q
9 B Benn Harradine   Australia 64.00 X 61.39 64.00 q
10 A Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania 62.32 63.88 X 63.88 q
11 A Frank Casañas   Spain X 63.76 60.21 63.76 q
12 A Erik Cadée   Netherlands 63.55 X X 63.55 q
13 A Apostolos Parellis   Cyprus 63.48 62.49 62.54 63.48
14 B Mario Pestano   Spain 63.40 63.36 X 63.40
15 B Bogdan Pishchalnikov   Russia 61.69 X 63.15 63.15
16 B Rutger Smith   Netherlands 63.00 62.70 63.09 63.09
17 B Martin Marić   Croatia 61.04 62.83 62.87 62.87
18 A Jason Young   United States 62.18 X X 62.18
19 A Scott Martin   Australia 58.15 57.67 62.14 62.14
20 B Traves Smikle   Jamaica X 59.59 61.85 61.85
21 B Lance Brooks   United States 61.17 60.59 59.25 61.17
22 B Przemyslaw Czajkowski   Poland 58.73 X 61.08 61.08
23 A Ercüment Olgundeniz   Turkey X X 60.87 60.87
24 B Gerhard Mayer   Austria 59.40 60.81 60.27 60.81
25 A Märt Israel   Estonia 59.60 X 60.34 60.34
26 B Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly   Egypt 60.16 60.26 58.89 60.26
27 A Aleksander Tammert   Estonia 57.00 60.20 59.78 60.20
28 A Julian Wruck   Australia 58.01 60.08 59.64 60.08
29 B Abdul Buhari   Great Britain 54.20 55.78 60.08 60.08
30 A Markus Münch   Germany 59.95 59.34 X 59.95
31 B Jarred Rome   United States X X 59.57 59.57
32 A Robert Urbanek   Poland 59.56 X X 59.56
33 B Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi   Saudi Arabia 55.48 55.80 59.54 59.54
34 B Mykyta Nesterenko   Ukraine X 58.22 59.17 59.17
35 A Brett Morse   Great Britain X 58.18 X 58.18
36 A Roland Varga   Croatia 57.76 58.17 57.79 58.17
37 A Germán Lauro   Argentina X 55.23 57.54 57.54
38 B Danijel Furtula   Montenegro 57.48 X X 57.48
39 A Jason Morgan   Jamaica 56.25 56.72 57.46 57.46
40 A Yunio Lastre   Cuba X X 57.33 57.33
41 B Ronald Julião   Brazil X 56.20 X 56.20

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
  Robert Harting   Germany 67.79 X 67.27 66.45 68.27 67.08 68.27
  Ehsan Haddadi   Iran 68.18 64.09 67.28 66.98 X X 68.18
  Gerd Kanter   Estonia 65.07 65.79 66.02 65.96 68.03 66.99 68.03 SB
4 Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania 67.38 X X 66.07 X X 67.38
5 Piotr Małachowski   Poland 62.50 66.92 X 67.19 X X 67.19
6 Martin Wierig   Germany 63.34 63.98 X 65.85 64.79 65.12 65.85
7 Frank Casañas   Spain 65.56 X X 64.92 65.48 63.16 65.56
8 Vikas Gowda   India 64.79 60.95 63.03 64.15 64.48 63.89 64.79
9 Benn Harradine   Australia 58.24 63.16 63.59 63.59
10 Erik Cadée   Netherlands 62.40 62.77 62.78 62.78
11 Jorge Fernandez   Cuba X 60.04 62.02 62.02
12 Lawrence Okoye   Great Britain 61.03 X 60.11 61.03

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Men's Discus throw competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/Mini/OLY12/Results/ResultsByDate.aspx?racedate=08-07-2012/sex=M/discCode=DT/combCode=hash/roundCode=f/results.html#detM_DT_hash_f
  4. ^ http://www.inquisitr.com/296489/robert-harting-diagnosed-with-hulkmania-rips-off-shirt-during-olympic-celebration-video/