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Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men

Date 1 May 1906
StatusIntercalated
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants21 from 10 countries
FormatFinal only.

This event was the only 1906 athletics event which was not held in the Panathenaic Stadium, but rather was contested at the new gymnasium of the National Gymnastic Club, near the Ilissus River, presumably because of space considerations within the stadium. The event was put on the program in an attempt to have the throwers imitate the classic poses seen by discus throwers on ancient Greek amphora. Unfortunately, almost nobody understood exactly what poses they were required to make during their throw. The rules read as follows:

a) For this test a pedestal 80 centimetres long and 70 centimetres broad is inclined, with a maximum height of 15 centimetres behind and a minimum height of 5 centimetres in front. b) The Hellenic method of throwing the discus is something like the following:

The thrower places himself on the pedestal with the feet apart, and holding the discus in either hand. He then takes it with both hands slightly stretched, lifting them without letting go the discus, and stretching out the rest of his body in the same way in the same direction. After that he turns the trunk slightly to the right and bends sharply, so as to bring the left hand when free to the right knee, and the right hand still holding the discus, as far back as the build of the shoulder permits. At this moment, the right foot should be forward and the legs bent; the right foot rests on the sole, and the left on the toes only. Then by a sharp and simultaneous extension of the whole body, the thrower throws the discus straight in front of him.

The Greek judges ended up being a bit lenient and Verner Järvinen won the event over Nikolaos Georgantas. This rather upset Georgantas, who did not think Järvinen’s style was legal. After the decision was announced, the Greek walked over to the pedestal and let fly in an unhampered manner, far outdistancing all other throws. Matin Sheridan was probably hampered by his efforts to compete concurrently in the standing high jump.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2
1Verner JärvinenFIN35.17034.470 (NP)35.170 (NP)Gold
2Nikolaos GeorgantasGRE32.80032.800 (NP)Silver
3István MudinHUN31.91031.780 (NP)31.910 (NP)Bronze
4Martin SheridanUSA31.500
5György LuntzerHUN30.260
6František SoučekBOH27.550
7Miroslav ŠusteraBOH27.080
ACHenri BaurAUT
ACJosef WittmannAUT
ACTheodor ScheidlAUT
ACJulius WagnerGER
ACVasilios PapageorgiouGRE
ACMikhail DorizasGRE
ACEpaminonas AnezakisCRT
ACSpyros VellasGRE
ACPeriklis KakousisGRE
ACDimitrios KoukoulasGRE
ACMihály DávidHUN
ACGyula StrauszHUN
ACErminio LucchiITA
ACEric LemmingSWE
DNSFrantišek VyskocilBOH
DNSG. KhatziminasGRE
DNSI. MathioudakhisGRE
DNSM. FotasGRE
DNSY. ShakhotinRUS
DNSHenri EynardFRA
DNSG. GiannoudovardisGRE
DNSJim MitchelUSA
DNSCarl Alfred PedersenNOR
DNSAndré TisonFRA
DNSGeorge Stuart RobertsonGBR
DNSPanagiotis ParaskevopoulosGRE
DNSOtto NilssonSWE
DNSBoris HonzátkoRUS
DNSEllery ClarkUSA
DNSDick SheldonUSA
DNSFranz SolarAUT
DNSHeikki ÅhlmanFIN
DNSAndré DésfargesFRA
DNSWilly DörrGER
DNSCarl KaltenbachGER
DNSAlberto MasproneITA
DNSRobert EdgrenUSA
DNSHeinrich RondiGER
DNSJohn FalchenbergNOR