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Discus Throw, Men

Date 3 August 1932 — 14:30
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants18 from 11 countries
FormatFinal only.

Paul Jessup was the world record holder, having thrown 51.73 (169-8¾) in 1930 and had won the AAU in 1930-31. But the best thrower in 1932 was John Anderson, who on the AAU and the Olympic Trials. Anderson led from round two, with 48.86 (160-3¾), and improved that in rounds three and four, with 49.39 (162-0½) and 49.49 (162-4½). In round four Frenchman Jules Noël got off a big throw. He was helped by his hydration plan. Though the US was in the midst of prohibition and alcoholic beverages were outlawed, Noël convinced US officials that wine was an essential part of his diet. He snuck into the tunnel of the stadium to drink in between rounds. On his big fourth round throw, his discus landed out beyond Anderson’s leading 49.39 (162-0½) mark. But the officials were watching the pole vault and did not see it land. Noël was given an extra throw but could not produce his top throw again and he would eventually place fourth. Anderson had the four longest throws of the competition, not counting Noël’s un-measured toss.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
1John AndersonUSA49.4947.87 (2)48.86 (1)49.39 (1)49.49 (1)48.72 (1)47.98 (NP)GoldOR
2Henri LaBordeUSA48.4748.23 (1)x (2)48.45 (2)x (2)48.47 (2)47.15 (NP)Silver
3Paul WinterFRA47.8545.89 (3)47.16 (3)46.72 (3)47.34 (4)42.45 (4)47.85 (NP)Bronze
4Jules NoëlFRA47.7444.85 (4)44.26 (7)46.42 (6)47.74 (3)45.07 (3)46.38 (NP)
5István DonogánHUN47.08x (NP)44.25 (8)47.08 (4)x (5)x (5)x (NP)
6Endre MadarászHUN46.5239.32 (10)46.52 (4)40.51 (5)44.50 (6)x (6)x (NP)
7Kalevi KotkasFIN45.8743.62 (6)45.87 (5)42.44 (7)
8Paul JessupUSA45.2539.14 (11)43.97 (9)45.25 (8)
9József RemetzHUN45.0243.65 (5)45.02 (6)x (9)
10Emil JanauschAUT44.8243.06 (7)41.80 (11)44.82 (10)
11Hans-Heinrich SievertGER44.51x (NP)38.92 (16)44.51 (11)
12Harry HartRSA43.3335.26 (13)43.33 (10)39.24 (12)
13Zygmunt HeljaszPOL42.5942.59 (8)x (12)41.55 (13)
14Emil HirschfeldGER42.42x (NP)42.42 (13)41.74 (14)
15František DoudaTCH42.3941.60 (9)42.39 (14)x (15)
16Clément DuhourFRA40.22x (NP)38.92 (15)40.22 (16)
17Veljko NarančićYUG36.5136.51 (12)34.52 (17)x (17)
18Pedro ElsaARG34.36– (AC)– (AC)– (AC)
DNSJosé Antonio MasóCUB
DNSBento BarrosBRA
DNSHéctor BerraARG
DNSCarmine GiorgiBRA
DNSAntônio GiusfrediBRA
DNSJesús AguirreMEX
DNSFrancisco DávilaMEX