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Discus Throw, Men

Date15 October 1964
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants29 from 21 countries

On 18 May 1962, Al Oerter broke the world record for the first time. Further his throw of 61.10 (200-5½) was the first throw over 200 feet. He would set three more world records prior to the Tokyo Olympics. Over the last four years he had alternated winning the AAU Championship with Jay Silvester, who had twice set world records in 1961. Silvester also won the 1964 Olympic Trials, as Oerter qualified but for the third straight time, did not win the Trials. Then shortly before the Olympics, Czechoslovakian Ludvík Daněk broke Oerter’s world record. Oerter was further hampered because he had a cervical disc injury, and often competed wearing a neck collar in 1964. Then in Tokyo, he developed further problems when he slipped practicing on a wet ring, and tore rib cartilage. Everything seemed against him. Still he led the qualifying with 60.54 (198-7½). In the final, Daněk opened up with 59.73 (195-11¾) to take the lead. Oerter was in second with 57.65 (189-1¾) and improved in round two to 58.34 (191-5), but American Dave Weill recorded 59.49 (195-2¼) to move into second. In round four, Daněk increased his lead with 60.52 (198-6¾). Oerter was struggling with the pain of his injuries. He told friends that he had to win on his first throw or not at all. He decided to put everything into his fifth throw, feeling he had only one left in him. He sailed the disc out to 61.00 (200-1¾), an Olympic record and the first Olympic throw over 200 feet, and had his third consecutive gold medal. This had only been done in an individual athletics event at the Olympics by John Flanagan in the hammer throw back in 1904-1912.

1749Al OerterUSA60.54 (1)61.00 (1)GoldOR
288Ludvík DaněkTCH58.88 (2)60.52 (2)Silver
3751Dave WeillUSA56.95 (5)59.49 (3)Bronze
4750Jay SilvesterUSA57.81 (3)59.09 (4)
5299József SzécsényiHUN55.04 (10)57.23 (5)
6513Zenon BegierPOL56.31 (7)57.06 (6)
7510Edmund PiątkowskiPOL55.22 (9)55.81 (7)
8681Vladimir TrusenyovURS53.81 (12)54.78 (8)
9683Kim BukhantsovURS54.94 (11)54.38 (9)
10184Roy HollingsworthGBR55.96 (8)53.87 (10)
11245Hartmut LoschGER56.46 (6)52.08 (11)
12682Viktor KompaneyetsURS57.40 (4)51.96 (12)
13 r1/2838Fritz KühlGER53.53 (13)
14 r1/2246Lothar MildeGER53.39 (14)
15 r1/2110Pentti RepoFIN52.93 (15)
16 r1/2786Dako RadoševićYUG52.71 (16)
17 r1/2454Cees KochNED52.57 (17)
18 r1/287Jiří ŽembaTCH52.13 (18)
19 r1/221Warwick SelveyAUS51.96 (19)
20 r1/230Ernst SoudekAUT51.78 (20)
21 r1/2472Les MillsNZL51.70 (21)
22 r1/2280Georgios TsakanikasGRE51.03 (22)
23 r1/2823Shohei KanekoJPN46.46 (23)
24 r1/2371Denis Ségui KragbéCIV46.43 (24)
25 r1/2527Ignacio ReinosaPUR46.36 (25)
26 r1/2342Gideon ArielISR46.12 (26)
27 r1/2331Sayed Mirza MolimadailIRI45.24 (27)
28 r1/2399Kim Byeong-GiKOR42.73 (28)
AC r1/2571Lars HaglundSWE– (NM)
DNS53Valko KostovBUL– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (15 October 1964 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 55.00 metres advanced to the final.

11Al OerterUSA60.5460.54--QOR
216Ludvík DaněkTCH58.8858.88--Q
321Jay SilvesterUSA57.81×57.81-Q
44Viktor KompaneyetsURS57.4057.40--Q
58Dave WeillUSA56.9556.95--Q
615Hartmut LoschGER56.4656.46--Q
724Zenon BegierPOL56.3156.31--Q
814Roy HollingsworthGBR55.9652.6052.0855.96Q
92Edmund PiątkowskiPOL55.2255.22--Q
1018József SzécsényiHUN55.0455.04--Q
1129Kim BukhantsovURS54.9454.94××q
1225Vladimir TrusenyovURS53.8153.8151.9452.25q
1310Fritz KühlGER53.5353.5353.04×
1430Lothar MildeGER53.3953.3950.83×1
1528Pentti RepoFIN52.9352.93×50.60
1617Dako RadoševićYUG52.7151.2252.7151.37
1727Cees KochNED52.5751.2052.5751.08
1823Jiří ŽembaTCH52.13×52.1351.80
193Warwick SelveyAUS51.9650.83×51.96
209Ernst SoudekAUT51.78×51.7850.96
2120Les MillsNZL51.7044.1851.7051.22
2211Georgios TsakanikasGRE51.0350.7651.0348.07
236Shohei KanekoJPN46.4644.6343.3146.46
2413Denis Ségui KragbéCIV46.4344.0746.4344.04
2519Ignacio ReinosaPUR46.3646.3645.96×
2612Gideon ArielISR46.1245.1044.2646.12
275Sayed Mirza MolimadailIRI45.24×45.2444.96
2826Kim Byeong-GiKOR42.7342.73××
NM7Lars HaglundSWE×××
DNS22Valko KostovBUL

Final Round (15 October 1964 — 14:30)

11Al OerterUSA61.0057.6558.3455.1154.3761.00-OR
26Ludvík DaněkTCH60.5259.7358.83×60.5258.3857.17
34Dave WeillUSA59.49×59.4956.2456.1555.9452.45
48Jay SilvesterUSA59.0956.99×57.5457.4659.09×
57József SzécsényiHUN57.2354.3452.1456.9757.23×54.66
69Zenon BegierPOL57.0657.0652.4555.83××56.68
72Edmund PiątkowskiPOL55.8152.9455.8153.87
811Vladimir TrusenyovURS54.7853.7054.7852.98
910Kim BukhantsovURS54.38×50.1554.38
1012Roy HollingsworthGBR53.8753.7453.87×
115Hartmut LoschGER52.0851.4452.08×
123Viktor KompaneyetsURS51.96×51.96×