| Event type

Discus Throw, Men

Date21 – 22 August 1920
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants17 from 8 countries

The recognized world record in 1920 was 47.58, set by Jim Duncan (USA) in 1912. But in July and August 1913, Armas Taipale had twice bettered that distance, posting marks of 47.85 and 48.27 respectively, but the IAAF did not recognize either mark as a world record.

All of the leaders posted their best throws in the qualifying. In the finals, only Kenneth Bartlett improved his qualifying mark. Elmer Niklander defeated his compatriot and the world record holder, Armas Taipale. Four days earlier, Niklander had finished second in the shot put. Niklander had briefly held the world record in the discus, breaking the mark of the renowned Martin Sheridan from 1911. In addition to his gold medal, Niklander was also awarded possession of the Challenge Prize donated by Madame de Montgomery.

1274Elmer NiklanderFIN44.685 (1)44.685 (1)Gold
2258Armas TaipaleFIN44.190 (2)44.190 (2)Silver
3222Gus PopeUSA42.130 (3)42.130 (3)Bronze
4630Oscar ZallhagenSWE40.160 (5)41.070 (4)
5133Kenneth BartlettUSA40.875 (4)40.875 (5)
6577Allan ErikssonSWE39.410 (6)39.410 (6)
7 r1/296Valther JensenDEN38.230 (7)
8 r1/2280Ville PörhöläFIN38.190 (8)
9 r1/2485Aurelio LenziITA37.750 (9)
10 r1/2252Kenneth WilsonUSA37.580 (10)
11 r1/2373André TisonFRA37.350 (11)
12 r1/2273Jonni MyyräFIN37.000 (12)
13 r1/2653František HoplíčekTCH36.750 (13)
14 r1/2323Émile ÉcuyerFRA36.100 (14)
15 r1/2361Daniel PierreFRA35.530 (15)
16 r1/213Arthur De LaenderBEL32.000 (16)
AC r1/2580Hans GranfeltSWE– (DNQ)
DNS360Raoul PaoliFRA
DNS684Harald TammerEST– (DNS)
DNS682Aleksander KlumbergEST– (DNS)
DNSFausto AckeSWE– (DNS)
DNS633Luigi AntogniniSUI– (DNS)
DNSBernard GuggenheimSUI– (DNS)
DNSRoy EvansUSA– (DNS)
DNS378Howard BakerGBR– (DNS)
DNS119Ignacio IzaguirreESP– (DNS)
DNSVentura ElizondoESP– (DNS)
DNS525Nicolas KaniveLUX– (DNS)
DNS528Alex ServaisLUX– (DNS)
DNSJosef KopeckýTCH– (DNS)
DNSGeorgios ReveliotisGRE– (DNS)
DNS68Gustave WuytsBEL– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (21 August 1920 — 15:45)

Top six finishers advanced to the final.

1Elmer NiklanderFIN44.685Q
2Armas TaipaleFIN44.190Q
3Gus PopeUSA42.130Q
4Kenneth BartlettUSA40.875Q
5Oscar ZallhagenSWE40.160Q
6Allan ErikssonSWE39.410Q
7Valther JensenDEN38.230
8Ville PörhöläFIN38.190
9Aurelio LenziITA37.750
10Kenneth WilsonUSA37.580
11André TisonFRA37.350
12Jonni MyyräFIN37.000
13František HoplíčekTCH36.750
14Émile ÉcuyerFRA36.100
15Daniel PierreFRA35.530
16Arthur De LaenderBEL32.000
DNQHans GranfeltSWE
DNSHarald TammerEST
DNSAleksander KlumbergEST
DNSFausto AckeSWE
DNSLuigi AntogniniSUI
DNSBernard GuggenheimSUI
DNSHoward BakerGBR
DNSIgnacio IzaguirreESP
DNSVentura ElizondoESP
DNSNicolas KaniveLUX
DNSAlex ServaisLUX
DNSJosef KopeckýTCH
DNSGeorgios ReveliotisGRE
DNSArthur De LaenderBEL
DNSGustave WuytsBEL

Final Round (22 August 1920 — 10:00)

1Elmer NiklanderFIN44.685
2Armas TaipaleFIN44.190
3Gus PopeUSA42.130
4Oscar ZallhagenSWE41.070
5Kenneth BartlettUSA40.875
6Allan ErikssonSWE39.410