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Discus Throw, Men

Date14 – 15 July 1900
StatusOlympic
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants17 from 9 countries
Olympic Record 29.150 WR / Bob Garrett USA / 6 April 1896

Another Saturday qualifying/Sunday final event, the discus throw event was unaffected by the Sunday competition argument, as only one American qualified for the final, and that athlete, Dick Sheldon, did not withdraw. The biggest problem in the discus was that the landing area was basically a lane through two rows of trees and many of the competitor’s best throws hit the trees. Thus, one had to throw not only long, but accurately. The event was contested from a 2.50 metre square, rather than a circular ring which later became standard.

It has been said that defending champion Bob Garrett’s biggest problem was that he kept hitting the trees with his throws. Hungary’s Rudolf Bauer recorded 36.04 metres in qualifying and, although he could do no better on Sunday, it held up as the winning throw.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistanceQualifyingFinal
1Rudolf BauerHUN36.04 (1)– (AC)GoldOR
2František Janda-SukBOH35.04 (2)35.14 (NP)Silver
3Dick SheldonUSA34.10 (3)34.60 (NP)Bronze
4Panagiotis ParaskevopoulosGRE34.04 (4)34.50 (NP)
5Rezső CrettierHUN33.65 (5)– (AC)
6Gustaf SöderströmSWE33.07 (6)
7John FlanaganUSA33.00 (7)
=8Eric LemmingSWE32.50 (=8)
=8Charles WincklerDEN32.50 (=8)
10Josiah McCrackenUSA32.00 (10)
=11Artúr CorayHUN31.00 (=11)
=11Launceston ElliotGBR31.00 (=11)
13Émile GontierFRA30.00 (12)
14Gyula StrauszHUN29.80 (13)
ACBob GarrettUSA– (AC)NM
ACTruxtun HareUSA– (AC)NM
ACCornelius von LubowieckiAUT– (AC)1
DNSAndré RooseveltUSA
DNSSotirios VersisGRE
DNSKarl Gustaf StaafSWE

Qualifying Round (14 July 1900 — 9:45)

Top five in qualifying advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Rudolf BauerHUN36.04QOR
2František Janda-SukBOH35.04Q
3Dick SheldonUSA34.10Q
4Panagiotis ParaskevopoulosGRE34.04Q
5Rezső CrettierHUN33.65Q
6Gustaf SöderströmSWE33.07
7John FlanaganUSA33.00
=8Eric LemmingSWE32.50
=8Charles WincklerDEN32.50
10Josiah McCrackenUSA32.00
=11Artúr CorayHUN31.00
=11Launceston ElliotGBR31.00
12Émile GontierFRA30.00
13Gyula StrauszHUN29.80
ACBob GarrettUSANM
ACTruxtun HareUSANM2
ACCornelius von LubowieckiAUT3

Final Round (15 July 1900 — 15:15)

PosAthleteNOCDistance
NPFrantišek Janda-SukBOH35.14
NPDick SheldonUSA34.60
NPPanagiotis ParaskevopoulosGRE34.50
ACRezső CrettierHUNMNK
ACRudolf BauerHUNMNK