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Discus Throw, Women

Date15 – 18 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants38 from 24 countries
Olympic Record 72.30 / Martina Hellmann GDR / 29 September 1988

The discus throw was considered wide open, but nobody was quite prepared for what eventuated. In round one, American thrower Stephanie Brown Trafton opened a big lead with 64.74 (212-5), and that was all she would need to win the gold medal, eventually winning by 1.10 metres over Cuba’s Yarelis Barrios. Barrios got her best throw in round two. Brown Trafton struggled after her opener with three fouls, and her next best throw was only 61.30 (201-1), but the opener was all she needed. This was the first throwing gold medal by an American woman since 1932. Brown Trafton had almost no international experience, competing at Athina in 2004, but not making the final. She had never ranked in the world top ten, her best year-end American ranking had been 3rd in 2004 and 2006, and she had placed only third at the US Olympic Trials prior to Beijing. But she was the world list leader coming into the Olympics, although that throw (66.17 [217-1]) had been done with some helpful winds.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

In September 2016 Yarelis Barrios (CUB) was revealed to have a positive re-test for acetazolamide, and was disqualified, losing her silver medal. Ukrainian Olena Antonova was advanced to the silver medal, and China’s Song Aimin was advanced to the bronze medal. In 2012 Barrios benefited from re-testing when she was moved up to a bronze medal after the disqualification of Russian Darya Pishchalnikova.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
13245Stephanie Brown-TraftonUSA62.77 (1)64.74 (1)Gold
23083Olena AntonovaUKR61.25 (10)62.59 (2)Silver
31342Song AiminCHN61.67 (7)62.20 (3)Bronze
41511Věra Pospíšilová-CechlováCZE61.61 (8)61.75 (4)
51171Elina ZveravaBLR60.28 (11)60.82 (5)
61384Li YanfengCHN61.29 (9)60.68 (6)
71764Mélina Robert-MichonFRA62.21 (4)60.66 (7)
81053Dani SamuelsAUS61.72 (6)60.15 (8)
93243Aretha ThurmondUSA61.90 (5)59.80 (9)
101170Iryna YatchankaBLR62.26 (3)59.27 (10)
112704Nicoleta GrasuROU62.51 (2)58.63 (11)
12 r1/22903Dragana TomaševićSRB60.19 (12)
13 r1/23073Nataliya SemenovaUKR60.18 (13)
14 r1/21455Yania FerralesCUB59.87 (14)
15 r1/22839Svetlana SaykinaRUS59.48 (15)
16 r1/22624Wioletta PotępaPOL59.44 (16)
17 r1/22618Joanna WiśniewskaPOL59.40 (17)
18 r1/21206Elisângela AdrianoBRA58.84 (18)
19 r1/22732Elizna NaudéRSA58.75 (19)
20 r1/23084Kateryna KarsakUKR58.61 (20)
21 r1/21447Vera BegićCRO58.50 (21)
22 r1/21365Ma XuejunCHN58.45 (22)
23 r1/22025Krishna PooniaIND58.23 (23)
24 r1/22822Nataliya SadovaRUS58.11 (24)
25 r1/23219Suzy Powell-RoosUSA58.02 (25)
26 r1/21829Philippa RolesGBR57.44 (26)
27 r1/22542Beatrice FaumuinaNZL57.15 (27)
28 r1/21191Hanna MazhunovaBLR56.77 (28)
29 r1/22026Harwant KaurIND56.42 (29)
30 r1/22952Anna SöderbergSWE55.28 (30)
31 r1/23329Oksana YesipchukRUS55.07 (31)
32 r1/22375Zinaida SendriūtėLTU54.81 (32)
33 r1/21278Venera GetovaBUL54.00 (33)
34 r1/21949Dora KalpakidouGRE53.00 (34)
35 r1/21037Bárbara CombaARG51.36 (35)
36 r1/21415Tereapii TapokiCOK48.35 (36)
AC r1/22582Żaneta GlancPOL– (AC)
AC1470Yarelis BarriosCUB62.23 (AC)63.64 (AC)DQ1

Qualifying Round (15 August 2008)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 61.50 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Stephanie Brown-TraftonUSA62.77Q
2Nicoleta GrasuROU62.51Q
3Iryna YatchankaBLR62.26Q
4Mélina Robert-MichonFRA62.21Q
5Aretha ThurmondUSA61.90Q
6Dani SamuelsAUS61.72Q
7Song AiminCHN61.67Q
8Věra Pospíšilová-CechlováCZE61.61Q
9Li YanfengCHN61.29q
10Olena AntonovaUKR61.25q
11Elina ZveravaBLR60.28q
12Dragana TomaševićSRB60.19
13Nataliya SemenovaUKR60.18
14Yania FerralesCUB59.87
15Svetlana SaykinaRUS59.48
16Wioletta PotępaPOL59.44
17Joanna WiśniewskaPOL59.40
18Elisângela AdrianoBRA58.84
19Elizna NaudéRSA58.75
20Kateryna KarsakUKR58.61
21Vera BegićCRO58.50
22Ma XuejunCHN58.45
23Krishna PooniaIND58.23
24Nataliya SadovaRUS58.11
25Suzy Powell-RoosUSA58.02
26Philippa RolesGBR57.44
27Beatrice FaumuinaNZL57.15
28Hanna MazhunovaBLR56.77
29Harwant KaurIND56.42
30Anna SöderbergSWE55.28
31Oksana YesipchukRUS55.07
32Zinaida SendriūtėLTU54.81
33Venera GetovaBUL54.00
34Dora KalpakidouGRE53.00
35Bárbara CombaARG51.36
36Tereapii TapokiCOK48.35
ACŻaneta GlancPOLNM
ACYarelis BarriosCUB62.23QDQ2

Qualifying Round, Group A (15 August 2008 — 19:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
16Stephanie Brown-TraftonUSA62.7757.78×62.77
217Iryna YatchankaBLR62.2662.26
318Mélina Robert-MichonFRA62.21×55.1862.21
42Dani SamuelsAUS61.72××61.72
55Olena AntonovaUKR61.2561.2560.6159.92
610Elina ZveravaBLR60.28×60.2859.60
77Nataliya SemenovaUKR60.18×60.18×
84Wioletta PotępaPOL59.4459.4459.2059.10
99Joanna WiśniewskaPOL59.4059.4058.08×
101Elisângela AdrianoBRA58.84××58.84
1119Kateryna KarsakUKR58.61×53.1458.61
1216Vera BegićCRO58.5055.8758.50×
1315Ma XuejunCHN58.4558.45×56.84
1414Suzy Powell-RoosUSA58.0258.02××
1512Philippa RolesGBR57.44×56.8857.44
1613Harwant KaurIND56.4256.3856.3856.42
178Oksana YesipchukRUS55.0754.9154.3455.07
1811Tereapii TapokiCOK48.3546.7744.1148.35
AC3Yarelis BarriosCUB62.2362.23DQ3

Qualifying Round, Group B (15 August 2008 — 21:20)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
17Nicoleta GrasuROU62.5157.7562.51
22Aretha ThurmondUSA61.9058.7061.90
312Song AiminCHN61.6759.8961.3161.67
48Věra Pospíšilová-CechlováCZE61.6161.61
513Li YanfengCHN61.2960.9961.29×
617Dragana TomaševićSRB60.1955.59×60.19
716Yania FerralesCUB59.8759.8758.7359.85
86Svetlana SaykinaRUS59.48××59.48
95Elizna NaudéRSA58.7558.7557.0958.35
1019Krishna PooniaIND58.2357.3158.2358.15
113Nataliya SadovaRUS58.11×58.1157.76
1214Beatrice FaumuinaNZL57.1557.15×54.49
1310Hanna MazhunovaBLR56.77××56.77
1415Anna SöderbergSWE55.28×55.2853.48
159Zinaida SendriūtėLTU54.8154.8153.4152.42
161Venera GetovaBUL54.0052.5154.0052.40
1718Dora KalpakidouGRE53.00×53.0051.61
1811Bárbara CombaARG51.36××51.36
AC4Żaneta GlancPOL×××NM

Final Round (18 August 2008 — 19:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
16/8/8Stephanie Brown-TraftonUSA64.7464.74××58.3961.30×
212/5/6Olena AntonovaUKR62.5960.7962.16×60.5062.5962.34
39/6/5Song AiminCHN62.2056.4159.5562.1761.7562.2060.51
43/4/4Věra Pospíšilová-CechlováCZE61.75×61.08×58.7461.7561.66
51/1/1Elina ZveravaBLR60.8260.4360.10××60.3460.82
611/3/3Li YanfengCHN60.6860.68×59.72××60.62
78/2/2Mélina Robert-MichonFRA60.6660.49×××60.6660.45
85Dani SamuelsAUS60.1557.14×60.15
92Aretha ThurmondUSA59.8056.7259.8057.99
1010Iryna YatchankaBLR59.27××59.27
114Nicoleta GrasuROU58.6358.63××
AC7/7/7Yarelis BarriosCUB63.6463.1763.6462.2262.12×60.30DQ4