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Ludvík Daněk

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLudvík•Daněk
Used nameLudvík•Daněk
Born6 January 1937 in Horřce (CZE)
Died16 November 1998 in Horní Bečva (CZE)
Measurements193 cm / 123 kg
AffiliationsKPS Brno, Brno (CZE) / Sparta Praha, Praha (CZE)
NOC Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic

Biography

Daněk was the first discus thrower to surpass 65 metres, breaking his own World Record in October 1965. A year later, he also cleared 66 metres, but this mark was never ratified because it had to be measured by Daněk himself. The Czechoslovakian thrower was a favourite at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics, but saw his attempts frustrated by American Al Oerter, who won his third and fourth consecutive Olympic titles. Major titles eluded Ludvík Daněk until 1971, when he won the European Championships. He crowned his career the following year, finally winning the Olympic title as well. Following his active career, Daněk became a sports administrator, and was elected vice-president of the Czech athletics federation.

Personal Best: DT – 67.18 (1974).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics TCH CZE Ludvík Daněk
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics TCH CZE Ludvík Daněk
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics TCH CZE Ludvík Daněk
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics TCH CZE Ludvík Daněk
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 9

Other participations

Games Role NOC Nationality As
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony TCH CZE Ludvík Daněk
1976 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony TCH CZE Ludvík Daněk

Special Notes