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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.[1] 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
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date12–13 August 2016
Competitors35 from 24 nations
Winning distance68.37 m
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Christoph Harting  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Piotr Małachowski  Poland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Daniel Jasinski  Germany
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SummaryEdit

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

ScheduleEdit

All times are Brasília Time (UTC−3).

Date Time Round
Friday, 12 August 2016 09:30 Qualifications
Saturday, 13 August 2016 10:50 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

The following record was established during the competition:

Date Event Nationality Athlete Distance Record
13 August Final   Germany Christoph Harting 68.37 m 2016 World Leading

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.

ResultsEdit

QualificationEdit

Qualification rule: qualification standard 65.50m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).[5]

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Piotr Małachowski   Poland 64.69 65.89 65.89 Q
2 A Lukas Weißhaidinger   Austria 63.43 65.86 65.86 Q, SB
3 B Christoph Harting   Germany x 64.49 65.41 65.41 q
4 A Andrius Gudžius   Lithuania 59.50 x 65.18 65.18 q, SB
5 A Gerd Kanter   Estonia 62.86 64.02 x 64.02 q
6 B Mason Finley   United States 61.52 62.55 63.68 63.68 q
7 B Axel Härstedt   Sweden 63.58 x x 63.58 q
8 B Apostolos Parellis   Cyprus 61.60 63.35 61.74 63.35 q
9 B Zoltán Kővágó   Hungary 59.83 63.34 61.57 63.34 q
10 B Martin Kupper   Estonia 61.15 62.92 x 62.92 q
11 A Daniel Jasinski   Germany x 62.83 61.30 62.83 q
12 B Philip Milanov   Belgium 62.68 62.59 x 62.68 q
13 B Sven Martin Skagestad   Norway 59.69 62.45 x 62.45
14 A Daniel Ståhl   Sweden 60.78 x 62.26 62.26
15 B Robert Harting   Germany x x 62.21 62.21
16 A Andrew Evans   United States x 61.87 x 61.87
17 B Robert Urbanek   Poland x 61.76 61.53 61.76
18 B Mauricio Ortega   Colombia x 61.62 x 61.62
19 B Matthew Denny   Australia 60.78 61.16 x 61.16
20 A Benn Harradine   Australia 60.82 60.85 55.68 60.85
21 B Guðni Valur Guðnason   Iceland 53.51 60.45 59.37 60.45
22 A Jorge Fernández   Cuba 59.93 60.43 60.09 60.43
23 A Mykyta Nesterenko   Ukraine 57.87 60.28 60.31 60.31
24 B Ehsan Haddadi   Iran 57.86 59.92 60.15 60.15
25 B Frank Casañas   Spain x 57.81 59.96 59.96
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
28 B Vikas Gowda   India 57.59 58.99 58.70 58.99
29 A Alex Rose   Samoa 57.24 56.47 54.42 57.24
30 A Mahmoud Samimi   Iran 56.94 55.43 56.07 56.94
31 A Yevgeniy Labutov   Kazakhstan 55.54 54.02 54.82 55.54
32 B Oleksiy Semenov   Ukraine 54.69 54.59 55.35 55.35
33 A Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi   Saudi Arabia x 54.09 54.84 54.84
34 A Fedrick Dacres   Jamaica x x 50.69 50.69
B Danijel Furtula   Montenegro x x x NM

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
  Christoph Harting   Germany 62.38 66.34 x x 64.77 68.37 68.37 PB, WL
  Piotr Małachowski   Poland 67.32 67.06 67.55 x 65.51 65.38 67.55
  Daniel Jasinski   Germany 65.77 65.01 66.08 64.83 63.31 67.05 67.05
4 Martin Kupper   Estonia 64.47 x 62.88 x x 66.58 66.58
5 Gerd Kanter   Estonia 65.10 63.01 64.45 63.73 x x 65.10
6 Lukas Weißhaidinger   Austria 62.14 62.44 61.81 x x 64.95 64.95
7 Zoltán Kővágó   Hungary 64.50 x 62.98 x x x 64.50
8 Apostolos Parellis   Cyprus 61.00 60.82 63.72 x 63.49 62.37 63.72
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Preview: men's discus – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF (2016-08-07). Retrieved on 2016-08-12.
  3. ^ Morse, Parker (2016-08-12). Report: men's discus qualifying – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  4. ^ Morse, Parker (2016-08-13). Report: men's discus final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  5. ^ Qualification results