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Discus Throw, Men

Date6 – 7 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants41 from 24 countries
Olympic Record 69.89 / Virgilijus Alekna LTU / 23 August 2004

German Robert Harting came in as a solid favorite, having won the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, and holding the top spot in the world rankings in 2009-11. He would be challenged by defending champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia, the 2000 and 2004 champion, Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna, and Iranian Ehsan Haddadi, who had been third at the 2011 Worlds.

Haddadi was the leader after round one with 68.18 with Harting in second (67.79) and Alekna third (67.38). That order would hold through four rounds, as none of the leaders could improve, although Haddadi had a marginal foul of over 69 metres in round two, his foot just touching the circle rim. That would have won the gold medal had it been legal. Throwing fourth in the final rounds, Kanter produced 68.03 in round five into second behind Haddadi, but then Harting popped 68.27 which would win the gold medal. Nobody improved in the final round and Haddadi had silver and Kanter a bronze, with Alekna dropping back to fourth, fouling on his final two throws. Haddadi’s silver medal was a first for an Iranian in track & field athletics. Harting’s gold medal was the first for a German in track & field since 2000.

11902Robert HartingGER66.22 (2)68.27 (1)Gold
22083Ehsan HaddadiIRI65.19 (6)68.18 (2)Silver
31664Gerd KanterEST66.39 (1)68.03 (3)Bronze
42424Virgilijus AleknaLTU63.88 (10)67.38 (4)
52660Piotr MałachowskiPOL64.65 (7)67.19 (5)
61928Martin WierigGER64.13 (8)65.85 (6)
71614Frank CasañasESP63.76 (11)65.56 (7)
82063Vikas GowdaIND65.20 (5)64.79 (8)
91045Benn HarradineAUS64.00 (9)63.59 (9)
102542Erik CadéeNED63.55 (12)62.78 (10)
111468Jorge FernándezCUB65.34 (3)62.02 (11)
121826Lawrence OkoyeGBR65.28 (4)61.03 (12)
13 r1/21511Apostolos ParellisCYP63.48 (13)
14 r1/21632Mario PestanoESP63.40 (14)
15 r1/22823Bogdan PishchalnikovRUS63.15 (15)
16 r1/22550Rutger SmithNED63.09 (16)
17 r1/21454Martin MarićCRO62.87 (17)
18 r1/23265Jason YoungUSA62.18 (18)
19 r1/21049Scott MartinAUS62.14 (19)
20 r1/22188Traves SmikleJAM61.85 (20)
21 r1/23207Lance BrooksUSA61.17 (21)
22 r1/22647Przemysław CzajkowskiPOL61.08 (22)
23 r1/23077Ercüment OlgundenizTUR60.87 (23)
24 r1/21087Gerhard MayerAUT60.81 (24)
25 r1/21663Märt IsraelEST60.34 (25)
26 r1/21586Omar El-GhazalyEGY60.26 (26)
27 r1/21670Aleksander TammertEST60.20 (27)
28 r1/21067Julian WruckAUS60.08 (28)
29 r1/21802Abdul BuhariGBR60.08 (29)
30 r1/21916Markus MünchGER59.95 (30)
31 r1/23249Jarred RomeUSA59.57 (31)
32 r1/22674Robert UrbanekPOL59.56 (32)
33 r1/22369Sultan Mubarak Al-DawoodiKSA59.54 (33)
34 r1/23141Mykyta NesterenkoUKR59.17 (34)
35 r1/21823Brett MorseGBR58.18 (35)
36 r1/21456Roland VargaCRO58.17 (36)
37 r1/21023Germán LauroARG57.54 (37)
38 r1/22525Danijel FurtulaMNE57.48 (38)
39 r1/22180Jason MorganJAM57.46 (39)
40 r1/21474Yunior LastreCUB57.33 (40)
41 r1/21227Ronald JuliãoBRA56.20 (41)

Qualifying Round (6 August 2012 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 65.00 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Gerd KanterEST66.39Q
2Robert HartingGER66.22Q
3Jorge FernándezCUB65.34Q
4Lawrence OkoyeGBR65.28Q
5Vikas GowdaIND65.20Q
6Ehsan HaddadiIRI65.19Q
7Piotr MałachowskiPOL64.65q
8Martin WierigGER64.13q
9Benn HarradineAUS64.00q
10Virgilijus AleknaLTU63.88q
11Frank CasañasESP63.76q
12Erik CadéeNED63.55q
13Apostolos ParellisCYP63.48
14Mario PestanoESP63.40
15Bogdan PishchalnikovRUS63.15
16Rutger SmithNED63.09
17Martin MarićCRO62.87
18Jason YoungUSA62.18
19Scott MartinAUS62.14
20Traves SmikleJAM61.85
21Lance BrooksUSA61.17
22Przemysław CzajkowskiPOL61.08
23Ercüment OlgundenizTUR60.87
24Gerhard MayerAUT60.81
25Märt IsraelEST60.34
26Omar El-GhazalyEGY60.26
27Aleksander TammertEST60.20
28Julian WruckAUS60.0859.64
29Abdul BuhariGBR60.0855.78
30Markus MünchGER59.95
31Jarred RomeUSA59.57
32Robert UrbanekPOL59.56
33Sultan Mubarak Al-DawoodiKSA59.54
34Mykyta NesterenkoUKR59.17
35Brett MorseGBR58.18
36Roland VargaCRO58.17
37Germán LauroARG57.54
38Danijel FurtulaMNE57.48
39Jason MorganJAM57.46
40Yunior LastreCUB57.33
41Ronald JuliãoBRA56.20

Qualifying Round, Group A (6 August 2012 — 10:00)

14Vikas GowdaIND65.2063.5265.20
26Ehsan HaddadiIRI65.1965.19
319Piotr MałachowskiPOL64.6562.0864.6563.96
417Virgilijus AleknaLTU63.8862.3263.88×
52Frank CasañasESP63.76×63.7660.21
61Erik CadéeNED63.5563.55××
710Apostolos ParellisCYP63.4863.4862.4962.54
85Jason YoungUSA62.1862.18××
915Scott MartinAUS62.1458.1557.6762.14
1016Ercüment OlgundenizTUR60.87××60.87
1113Märt IsraelEST60.3459.60×60.34
1220Aleksander TammertEST60.2057.0060.2059.78
1312Julian WruckAUS60.0858.0160.0859.64
1414Markus MünchGER59.9559.9559.34×
1511Robert UrbanekPOL59.5659.56××
169Brett MorseGBR58.18×58.18×
173Roland VargaCRO58.1757.7658.1757.79
188Germán LauroARG57.54×55.2357.54
1918Jason MorganJAM57.4656.2556.7257.46
207Yunior LastreCUB57.33××57.33

Qualifying Round, Group B (6 August 2012 — 11:35)

11Gerd KanterEST66.39×59.7266.39
218Robert HartingGER66.2266.22
316Jorge FernándezCUB65.3465.34
412Lawrence OkoyeGBR65.28×63.0065.28
54Martin WierigGER64.1364.1362.66×
621Benn HarradineAUS64.0064.00×61.39
73Mario PestanoESP63.4063.4063.36×
811Bogdan PishchalnikovRUS63.1561.69×63.15
920Rutger SmithNED63.0963.0062.7063.09
108Martin MarićCRO62.8761.0462.8362.87
117Traves SmikleJAM61.85×59.5961.85
1215Lance BrooksUSA61.1761.1760.5959.25
1310Przemysław CzajkowskiPOL61.0858.73×61.08
1417Gerhard MayerAUT60.8159.4060.8160.27
156Omar El-GhazalyEGY60.2660.1660.2658.89
162Abdul BuhariGBR60.0854.2055.7860.08
1713Jarred RomeUSA59.57××59.57
1819Sultan Mubarak Al-DawoodiKSA59.5455.4855.8059.54
1914Mykyta NesterenkoUKR59.17×58.2259.17
209Danijel FurtulaMNE57.4857.48××
215Ronald JuliãoBRA56.20×56.20×

Final Round (7 August 2012 — 19:45)

110/7Robert HartingGER68.2767.79×67.2766.4568.2767.08
27/8Ehsan HaddadiIRI68.1868.1864.0967.2866.98××
34/4Gerd KanterEST68.0365.0765.7966.0265.9668.0366.99
43/6Virgilijus AleknaLTU67.3867.38××66.07××
511/5Piotr MałachowskiPOL67.1962.5066.92×67.19××
612/1Martin WierigGER65.8563.3463.98×65.8564.7965.12
76/3Frank CasañasESP65.5665.56××64.9265.4863.16
81/2Vikas GowdaIND64.7964.7960.9563.0364.1564.4863.89
95Benn HarradineAUS63.5958.2463.1663.59
109Erik CadéeNED62.7862.4062.7762.78
118Jorge FernándezCUB62.02×60.0462.02
122Lawrence OkoyeGBR61.0361.03×60.11