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Discus Throw, Men

Date14 – 15 October 1968
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants27 from 19 countries

In 1968 the best thrower for the year was Jay Silvester. He would win 20 of 22 meets, including the US Olympic Trials for the second consecutive time. He set three world records during 1968, two of them ratified. In the qualifying round, he led with 63.34 (207-9¾). In round one of the final, two GDR throwers took the lead – Lothar Milde with 62.44 over Hartmut Losch with 62.12 (203-9¾). Milde improved in round two to 63.08 (206-11½) to increase his lead. After two rounds, Silvester and three-time defending champion Al Oerter were tied for third with 61.78 (202-8¼). Then in round three, Oerter broke the Olympic record with 64.78 (212-6½) to move into the lead. It would be good enough for the gold medal, but he continued to throw well, producing two more throws beyond Milde’s silver-medal winning 63.08 (206-11½). The silver medalist from 1964, Ludvík Daněk (CZE), won the bronze medal.

Oerter had won his fourth consecutive gold medal, never accomplished before in track & field athletics. At four Olympics, he had produced his PR to win the gold medal. At four Olympics, he had never won the US Olympic Trials. At four Olympics, he was not the world record holder. At four Olympics, he was never a heavy favorite, and was probably only a slight favorite in 1960. But he was likely the greatest competitor the sport had yet known. He was once quoted as saying, “These are the Olympics. You die for them,” and “There is no job, no amount of power, no money, to approach the Olympic experience.” His like will not be seen again.

1294Al OerterUSA59.36 (6)64.78 (1)GoldOR
277Lothar MildeGDR60.36 (=3)63.08 (2)Silver
3217Ludvík DaněkTCH59.34 (7)62.92 (3)Bronze
475Hartmut LoschGDR60.40 (2)62.12 (4)
5303Jay SilvesterUSA63.34 (1)61.78 (5)
6260Gary CarlsenUSA60.36 (=3)59.46 (6)
7677Edmund PiątkowskiPOL58.24 (12)59.40 (7)
8725Ricky BruchSWE59.08 (8)59.28 (8)
935Hein-Direck NeuFRG58.56 (10)58.66 (9)
1083Günter SchaumburgGDR60.14 (5)58.62 (10)
11473Ferenc TéglaHUN58.50 (11)58.36 (11)
12655Robin TaitNZL58.88 (9)57.68 (12)
13 r1/2Guram GudashviliURS57.48 (13)
14 r1/2George PuceCAN57.34 (14)
15 r1/2Namakoro NiaréMLI56.60 (15)
16 r1/2János FaragóHUN56.00 (16)
17 r1/2Denis Ségui KragbéCIV55.24 (17)
18 r1/2Lech GajdzińskiPOL54.92 (18)
19 r1/2Jens ReimersFRG54.02 (19)
20 r1/2Joe KashmiriIRI53.96 (20)
21 r1/2Klaus-Peter HennigFRG53.80 (21)
22 r1/2Heimo ReinitzerAUT53.52 (22)
23 r1/2Modesto MederosCUB52.30 (23)
24 r1/2Bill TancredGBR51.74 (24)
25 r1/2Edy HubacherSUI51.70 (25)
26 r1/2Rolando MendozaNCA39.62 (26)
27 r1/2Mauricio JubisESA36.18 (27)
DNS478Praveen KumarIND– (DNS)
DNSSilvano SimeonITA– (DNS)
DNS596Lahcen Samsam AkkaMAR– (DNS)
DNS590Nashatar Singh SidhuMAS– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (14 October 1968 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 58.00 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Jay SilvesterUSA63.34QOR
2Hartmut LoschGDR60.40Q
=3Gary CarlsenUSA60.36Q
=3Lothar MildeGDR60.36Q
5Günter SchaumburgGDR60.14Q
6Al OerterUSA59.36Q
7Ludvík DaněkTCH59.34Q
8Ricky BruchSWE59.08Q
9Robin TaitNZL58.88Q
10Hein-Direck NeuFRG58.56Q
11Ferenc TéglaHUN58.50Q
12Edmund PiątkowskiPOL58.24Q
13Guram GudashviliURS57.48
14George PuceCAN57.34
15Namakoro NiaréMLI56.60
16János FaragóHUN56.00
17Denis Ségui KragbéCIV55.24
18Lech GajdzińskiPOL54.92
19Jens ReimersFRG54.02
20Joe KashmiriIRI53.96
21Klaus-Peter HennigFRG53.80
22Heimo ReinitzerAUT53.52
23Modesto MederosCUB52.30
24Bill TancredGBR51.74
25Edy HubacherSUI51.70
26Rolando MendozaNCA39.62
27Mauricio JubisESA36.18
DNSSilvano SimeonITA
DNSPraveen KumarIND
DNSLahcen Samsam AkkaMAR
DNSNashatar Singh SidhuMAS

Qualifying Round, Group A (14 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
115Jay SilvesterUSA63.3463.34--OR
212Hartmut LoschGDR60.4060.40--
=37Gary CarlsenUSA60.3660.36--
=39Lothar MildeGDR60.3660.36--
52Günter SchaumburgGDR60.1460.14--
68Al OerterUSA59.3659.36--
73Ludvík DaněkTCH59.3459.3458.1056.42
811Ricky BruchSWE59.0859.08--
91Hein-Direck NeuFRG58.5655.2658.56-
1013Ferenc TéglaHUN58.5057.1858.50-
115Edmund PiątkowskiPOL58.2458.24--
124Guram GudashviliURS57.4857.4855.84×
1310George PuceCAN57.3457.34××
146Jens ReimersFRG54.0253.18×54.02
DNS14Silvano SimeonITA

Qualifying Round, Group B (14 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
19Robin TaitNZL58.8858.88--
22Namakoro NiaréMLI56.60×54.9256.60
313János FaragóHUN56.0054.9856.00×
410Denis Ségui KragbéCIV55.2455.2454.24×
514Lech GajdzińskiPOL54.9254.92××
63Joe KashmiriIRI53.9653.0053.9653.30
74Klaus-Peter HennigFRG53.8053.80××
815Heimo ReinitzerAUT53.5251.9052.0053.52
97Modesto MederosCUB52.3052.30×49.42
106Bill TancredGBR51.74×48.8651.74
115Edy HubacherSUI51.70×49.8051.70
1212Rolando MendozaNCA39.6239.6236.4638.78
1311Mauricio JubisESA36.1833.6235.9436.18
DNS8Praveen KumarIND
DNS1Lahcen Samsam AkkaMAR
DNS16Nashatar Singh SidhuMAS

Final Round (15 October 1968 — 15:00)

12Al OerterUSA64.7861.78×64.7862.4264.7464.04OR
24Lothar MildeGDR63.0862.4463.0862.5859.9860.2458.00
33Ludvík DaněkTCH62.9260.62×62.92×61.2861.34
47Hartmut LoschGDR62.1262.1261.6860.3459.4858.9459.50
510Jay SilvesterUSA61.7861.1061.78×××60.44
61Gary CarlsenUSA59.4658.6259.2659.4659.3052.6058.54
78Edmund PiątkowskiPOL59.4059.4058.4657.6657.52×58.72
85Ricky BruchSWE59.2858.9458.0258.1259.2858.5058.34
912Hein-Direck NeuFRG58.6655.96×58.66
109Günter SchaumburgGDR58.6256.6457.7058.62
116Ferenc TéglaHUN58.3656.7458.3657.78
1211Robin TaitNZL57.6856.5257.6856.84