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Discus Throw, Men

Date16 – 19 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants37 from 29 countries
Olympic Record 69.89 / Virgilijus Alekna LTU / 23 August 2004

The two favorites going into Beijing were Estonia’s Gert Kanter, world-ranked #1 in 2007 after winning the World Championships, and Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania, Olympic gold medalist in 2000 and 2004, and World Champion in 2003 and 2005. But the longest throw in both the first two rounds of the final went to Poland’s Piotr Małachowski, who led with 67.82 (222-6). After two rounds he led, with Kanter second and Alekna third. None of the leaders improved in round three, but in round four, both Kanter and Alekna produced their best throw. Kanter’s 68.82 (225-9) would win him the gold medal, but Alekna’s 67.79 (222-5) could not get him past Małachowski, who won the silver medal, Alekna taking bronze. Finishing seventh was Rutger Smith (NED), who had also placed ninth in the shot put. This made him only the third weight thrower to make the finals of the shot put and discus throw since 1960 – Warwick Selvey (AUS) did it in 1960 and Erik de Bruin (NED) did it in 1984.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
11639Gerd KanterEST64.66 (5)68.82 (1)Gold
22600Piotr MałachowskiPOL65.94 (1)67.82 (2)Silver
32369Virgilijus AleknaLTU65.84 (2)67.79 (3)Bronze
41893Robert HartingGER64.19 (8)67.09 (4)
51630Frank CasañasESP64.99 (4)66.49 (5)
62791Bogdan PishchalnikovRUS64.60 (6)65.88 (6)
72500Rutger SmithNED65.65 (3)65.39 (7)
81994Róbert FazekasHUN62.64 (11)63.43 (8)
91606Mario PestanoESP64.42 (7)63.42 (9)
102698Rashid Al-DosariQAT63.83 (9)62.55 (10)
111691Frantz KrugerFIN62.48 (12)61.98 (11)
121647Aleksander TammertEST63.10 (10)61.38 (12)
13 r1/21998Gábor MátéHUN62.44 (13)
14 r1/21637Märt IsraelEST61.98 (14)
15 r1/21190Dzmitry SivakouBLR61.75 (15)
16 r1/23225Michael RobertsonUSA61.64 (16)
17 r1/22033Ehsan HaddadiIRI61.34 (17)
18 r1/21083Gerhard MayerAUT61.32 (18)
19 r1/23197Casey MaloneUSA61.26 (19)
20 r1/23037Ercüment OlgundenizTUR60.83 (20)
21 r1/21996Zoltán KővágóHUN60.79 (21)
22 r1/22021Vikas GowdaIND60.69 (22)
23 r1/21562Omar El-GhazalyEGY60.24 (23)
24 r1/23090Oleksiy SemenovUKR60.18 (24)
25 r1/23251Ian WaltzUSA60.02 (25)
26 r1/22036Abbas SamimiIRI59.92 (26)
27 r1/21501Jorge FernándezCUB59.60 (27)
28 r1/21521Jan MarcellCZE59.52 (28)
29 r1/21444Martin MarićCRO59.25 (29)
30 r1/21027Jorge BalliengoARG58.82 (30)
31 r1/21077Benn HarradineAUS58.55 (31)
32 r1/22961Niklas ArrheniusSWE58.22 (32)
33 r1/22096Hannes KirchlerITA56.44 (33)
34 r1/22317Sultan Mubarak Al-DawoodiKSA56.29 (34)
35 r1/22420Vadim HranovschiMDA56.19 (35)
36 r1/22056Haidar NasserIRQ54.19 (36)
37 r1/22129Eric MatthiasIVB53.11 (37)

Qualifying Round (16 August 2008)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 64.50 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Piotr MałachowskiPOL65.94Q
2Virgilijus AleknaLTU65.84Q
3Rutger SmithNED65.65Q
4Frank CasañasESP64.99Q
5Gerd KanterEST64.66Q
6Bogdan PishchalnikovRUS64.60Q
7Mario PestanoESP64.42q
8Robert HartingGER64.19q
9Rashid Al-DosariQAT63.83q
10Aleksander TammertEST63.10q
11Róbert FazekasHUN62.64q
12Frantz KrugerFIN62.48q
13Gábor MátéHUN62.44
14Märt IsraelEST61.98
15Dzmitry SivakouBLR61.75
16Michael RobertsonUSA61.64
17Ehsan HaddadiIRI61.34
18Gerhard MayerAUT61.32
19Casey MaloneUSA61.26
20Ercüment OlgundenizTUR60.83
21Zoltán KővágóHUN60.79
22Vikas GowdaIND60.69
23Omar El-GhazalyEGY60.24
24Oleksiy SemenovUKR60.18
25Ian WaltzUSA60.02
26Abbas SamimiIRI59.92
27Jorge FernándezCUB59.60
28Jan MarcellCZE59.52
29Martin MarićCRO59.25
30Jorge BalliengoARG58.82
31Benn HarradineAUS58.55
32Niklas ArrheniusSWE58.22
33Hannes KirchlerITA56.44
34Sultan Mubarak Al-DawoodiKSA56.29
35Vadim HranovschiMDA56.19
36Haidar NasserIRQ54.19
37Eric MatthiasIVB53.11

Qualifying Round, Group A (16 August 2008 — 10:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
18Piotr MałachowskiPOL65.9465.94
29Virgilijus AleknaLTU65.8465.84
32Bogdan PishchalnikovRUS64.6062.6863.9364.60
41Mario PestanoESP64.4264.4261.16×
518Robert HartingGER64.1964.19××
610Aleksander TammertEST63.1057.7961.5763.10
76Róbert FazekasHUN62.64×61.6162.64
817Gábor MátéHUN62.44×55.1562.44
913Dzmitry SivakouBLR61.7559.64×61.75
1019Michael RobertsonUSA61.6460.9761.64×
115Casey MaloneUSA61.2659.48×61.26
1216Omar El-GhazalyEGY60.2459.7158.9560.24
1314Oleksiy SemenovUKR60.1857.8460.1859.41
143Abbas SamimiIRI59.9258.0159.9258.85
1511Jorge FernándezCUB59.60×59.6059.58
1615Jan MarcellCZE59.5259.52×56.31
177Benn HarradineAUS58.5558.5557.5057.91
1812Sultan Mubarak Al-DawoodiKSA56.2956.2955.5456.24
194Vadim HranovschiMDA56.1956.19×55.78

Qualifying Round, Group B (16 August 2008 — 12:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
13Rutger SmithNED65.6564.0965.65
211Frank CasañasESP64.99××64.99
315Gerd KanterEST64.6659.6564.66
414Rashid Al-DosariQAT63.8363.8363.7261.60
59Frantz KrugerFIN62.48×58.6062.48
613Märt IsraelEST61.9861.9859.7861.63
712Ehsan HaddadiIRI61.3461.08×61.34
81Gerhard MayerAUT61.3261.32×58.13
918Ercüment OlgundenizTUR60.8358.9960.83×
1016Zoltán KővágóHUN60.7960.7959.4660.44
112Vikas GowdaIND60.6959.58×60.69
1210Ian WaltzUSA60.0260.02××
134Martin MarićCRO59.2559.25×59.09
145Jorge BalliengoARG58.8258.7158.82×
156Niklas ArrheniusSWE58.2256.6458.2256.77
167Hannes KirchlerITA56.44××56.44
178Haidar NasserIRQ54.1954.19××
1817Eric MatthiasIVB53.1147.8750.8753.11

Final Round (19 August 2008 — 21:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
111/6/8Gerd KanterEST68.8263.4466.3862.7568.82×65.98
27/8/7Piotr MałachowskiPOL67.8266.4567.8266.9863.9165.78×
34/5/6Virgilijus AleknaLTU67.79×65.7764.4267.79×67.18
410/7/5Robert HartingGER67.0965.5864.8467.09××66.51
59/3/2Frank CasañasESP66.4959.5462.1664.4664.1164.9766.49
62/2/4Bogdan PishchalnikovRUS65.8864.0964.2561.1365.88××
712/4/3Rutger SmithNED65.3964.6165.3164.3664.25×65.39
86/1/1Róbert FazekasHUN63.4362.2563.4362.49××59.34
98Mario PestanoESP63.4260.4662.8463.42
103Rashid Al-DosariQAT62.5559.62×62.55
111Frantz KrugerFIN61.9861.9861.8060.71
125Aleksander TammertEST61.38×61.3261.38