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Discus Throw, Women

Date 4 August 1936 — 15:15
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants19 from 11 countries
FormatFinal only.
Olympic Record 40.58 / Lillian Copeland USA / 2 August 1932

Between 1932 and 1934 Poland’s Jadwiga Wajs had bettered the world record 10 times, with five ratified marks, and in 1934 she won the FSFI Women’s World Games. But German Gisela Mauermayer had moved to the fore in 1935, bettering Wajs’s world record 11 times in 1935-36, five of them ratified. Wajs took the lead in round one with 44.69 (146-7½) but Mauermayer secured the gold medal with her first round toss of 47.64 (156-3¾). Wajs improved to 46.22 (151-7¾) in round three and sealed the silver medal. Mauermayer was hailed by the Nazis as a perfect example of an Aryan women. She gave a Nazi salute on the victory podium and later achieved a high-ranking in Nazi women’s groups. But after World War II, she lost her teaching job because of her Nazi background, although she later became a librarian. The 1932 champion, Lillian Copeland, was Jewish and personally boycotted the 1936 Olympics to protest the Nazis not allowing Jews to compete on their Olympic team.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
1877Gisela MauermayerGER47.6347.63 (1)41.64 (1)40.70 (1)36.27 (1)43.54 (1)44.26 (NP)GoldOR
2553Jadwiga WajsPOL46.2244.69 (2)31.99 (2)46.22 (2)43.36 (2)x (2)42.89 (NP)Silver
3878Paula MollenhauerGER39.8038.59 (3)37.45 (3)33.27 (3)35.82 (3)x (3)39.80 (NP)Bronze
4408Ko NakamuraJPN38.2435.84 (5)37.21 (5)38.24 (4)31.39 (4)32.73 (4)37.87 (NP)
5407Hide MineshimaJPN37.3537.04 (4)37.35 (4)35.25 (5)35.73 (5)32.72 (5)33.98 (NP)
6602Birgit LundströmSWE35.9235.82 (6)33.97 (6)31.84 (6)35.92 (6)31.33 (6)34.42 (NP)
7312Ans NiesinkNED35.2134.03 (8)35.21 (7)32.64 (7)
8789Gertrude WilhelmsenUSA34.4333.68 (10)34.43 (8)x (8)
9737Helen StephensUSA34.3334.33 (7)31.58 (9)32.76 (9)
10351Gabre Gabric-CalvesiITA34.3127.09 (16)34.31 (10)28.64 (10)
11517Margarethe HeldAUT34.05x (NP)33.15 (15)34.05 (11)
12691Margaréta SchieferováTCH34.03x (NP)34.03 (11)x (12)
13503Veronika KohlbachAUT34.0034.00 (9)33.68 (12)31.86 (13)
14236Lucienne VeluFRA33.9529.92 (13)29.51 (18)33.95 (14)
15406Fumi KojimaJPN33.6633.66 (11)31.97 (13)30.42 (15)
16308Tini KoopmansNED33.5030.03 (12)33.50 (14)33.20 (16)
17440Vera NeferovićYUG33.02x (NP)33.02 (16)27.67 (17)
18794Evelyn FerraraUSA32.5229.50 (14)32.52 (17)31.07 (18)
19876Anna HagemannGER28.4828.48 (15)x (19)x (19)