Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 12–13 August. Germany's Christoph Harting succeeded his brother Robert Harting to the Olympic title. Poland's Piotr Małachowski took the silver medal ahead of another German, Daniel Jasinski.
|Men's discus throw|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Date||12–13 August 2016|
|Competitors||35 from 24 nations|
|Winning distance||68.37 m|
Robert Harting was the defending champion from the 2012 Olympics – though injury had affected his 2015 season, he ranked third in the world before the competition. His brother Christoph Harting was one place higher, while the reigning 2015 World Champion Piotr Małachowski topped the world seasonal rankings.
In qualification, Robert Harting could not reach his seasonal peak and was eliminated. Other prominent athletes who failed to progress were 2012 Olympic runner-up Ehsan Haddadi, 2015 World Championship bronze medalist Robert Urbanek and Fedrick Dacres, who was fourth on the world rankings. Only two athletes achieved the automatic qualifying mark: Małachowski headed the field over Lukas Weißhaidinger of Austria.
In the final, Małachowski seized the lead in the opening round with 67.32 m. He had three successive throws over 67 metres while Germany's Christoph Harting and Jasinski held second and third with throws over 66 metres. Those top three positions stood from round 2 through to the penultimate round. In the last round the competitors came to life: Estonia's Martin Kupper threw 66.58 m to take the silver medal position. Jasinski immediately replied with 67.05 m to move into second place himself. Harting, sitting outside the medals at that point, delivered a lifetime best of 68.37 m (224 ft 3 in) with his final throw to take the gold medal. Małachowski could not respond with his last effort and finished with the silver medal, having led for almost the entire competition and holding three of the four best marks of the 2016 Olympics. Harting's win made it the first time in Olympic athletics history that siblings had won successive gold medals.
|Friday, 12 August 2016||09:30||Qualifications|
|Saturday, 13 August 2016||10:50||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], 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|
The following record was established during the competition:
|13 August||Final||Germany||Christoph Harting||68.37 m||2016 World Leading|
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.
Qualification rule: qualification standard 65.50m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|2||A||Lukas Weißhaidinger||Austria||63.43||65.86||65.86||Q, SB|
|4||A||Andrius Gudžius||Lithuania||59.50||x||65.18||65.18||q, SB|
|6||B||Mason Finley||United States||61.52||62.55||63.68||63.68||q|
|13||B||Sven Martin Skagestad||Norway||59.69||62.45||x||62.45|
|16||A||Andrew Evans||United States||x||61.87||x||61.87|
|21||B||Guðni Valur Guðnason||Iceland||53.51||60.45||59.37||60.45|
|26||A||Tavis Bailey||United States||x||59.81||59.25||59.81|
|27||A||Lois Maikel Martínez||Spain||x||59.42||x||59.42|
|33||A||Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi||Saudi Arabia||x||54.09||54.84||54.84|
|Christoph Harting||Germany||62.38||66.34||x||x||64.77||68.37||68.37||PB, WL|
|9||Philip Milanov||Belgium||62.22||x||x||Did not advance||62.22|
|10||Axel Härstedt||Sweden||54.77||62.12||x||Did not advance||62.12|
|11||Mason Finley||United States||60.43||x||62.05||Did not advance||62.05|
|12||Andrius Gudžius||Lithuania||60.66||58.89||x||Did not advance||60.66|
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- Preview: men's discus – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF (2016-08-07). Retrieved on 2016-08-12.
- Morse, Parker (2016-08-12). Report: men's discus qualifying – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
- Morse, Parker (2016-08-13). Report: men's discus final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
- Qualification results