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Discus Throw, Women

Date30 July 1948 — 15:30
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants21 from 11 countries
FormatFinal only.
Olympic Record 47.63 / Gisela Mauermayer GER / 4 August 1936

The women’s discus throw was possibly the most devalued event on the track and field program in London. Year rankings had been dominated by the Soviet women, but in 1948 the USSR still refused to compete at the Olympics, albeit for the last time. This prevented Nina Dumbadze, European Champion and unofficial World Record holder with a 50-metre-throw, from competing. A week after the Olympic final, she would shatter the World Record officially by nearly 5 metres. By contrast, the 41.92 (137-6½) winning throw by Micheline Ostermeyer seems like a mediocre performance. But considering that Ostermeyer had only entered the event because she was so versatile, and had already qualified for two other events, it can be considered remarkable. The Frenchwoman was also a great concert pianist, which was much harder for her than sports: )I practise five hours a day on the piano, and five hours a week for athletics), she once noted.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistance
1Micheline OstermeyerFRA41.92Gold
2Edera Cordiale-GentileITA41.17Silver
3Jacqueline MazéasFRA40.47Bronze
4Jadwiga Wajs-MarcinkiewiczPOL39.30
5Lotte HaideggerAUT38.81
6Ans Panhorst-NiesinkNED38.74
7Majken ÅbergSWE38.48
8Ingeborg MelloARG38.44
9Frieda TiltschAUT37.19
10Paulette VesteFRA36.84
11Frances KaszubskiUSA36.50
12Gudrun ArenanderSWE36.25
13Nel Roos-LodderNED36.15
14Bevis ReidGBR35.84
15Marianne SchlägerAUT34.79
16Dorothy DodsonUSA34.69
17Gabre Gabric-CalvesiITA34.17
18Park Bong-SikKOR33.80
19Margaret BirtwistleGBR33.02
20Elspeth WhyteGBR32.46
21Julija MatejYUG30.25