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Discus Throw, Men

Date1 – 2 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants29 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 64.78 / Al Oerter USA / 15 October 1968

The discus throwers had to be looking forward to an Oerter-less Olympics as Al Oerter had hung up his disc. The favorites in 1972 were two-time medalist and 1971 European Champion Ludvík Daněk (CZE), Jay Silvester, who had not performed well at two previous Olympics, and Sweden’s Ricky Bruch, who had broken the world record in July 1972. It was hard to choose between the three, but they did come through for the medals. Silvester led from round three until the last round, when Daněk got off his winning toss of 64.40 (211-3½). Bruch was second after five rounds but was pushed back to bronze by Daněk’s final throw.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1870Ludvík DaněkTCH64.32 (1)64.40 (1)Gold
21015Jay SilvesterUSA61.20 (6)63.50 (2)Silver
3839Ricky BruchSWE61.24 (5)63.40 (3)Bronze
41004John PowellUSA59.30 (13)62.82 (4)
5456Géza FejérHUN61.58 (3)62.62 (5)
6352Detlef ThorithGDR59.36 (12)62.42 (6)
7467Ferenc TéglaHUN60.60 (7)60.60 (7)
81026Tim VollmerUSA59.60 (10)60.24 (8)
9205Pentti KahmaFIN61.24 (4)59.66 (9)
10535Silvano SimeonITA59.78 (9)59.34 (10)
11219Jorma RinneFIN62.02 (2)59.22 (11)
12463János MurányiHUN60.34 (8)57.92 (12)
13650Namakoro NiaréMLI59.38 (11)56.48 (13)
14693Les MillsNZL59.22 (14)55.86 (14)
15 r1/2367Klaus-Peter HennigFRG58.64 (15)
16 r1/2411Dirk WippermannFRG58.10 (16)
17 r1/2385Hein-Direck NeuFRG58.10 (17)
18 r1/21054Zdravko PečarYUG57.84 (18)
19 r1/2311Bill TancredGBR57.24 (19)
20 r1/2697Robin TaitNZL56.60 (20)
21 r1/2104Ain RoostCAN56.58 (21)
22 r1/2337Hartmut LoschGDR56.54 (22)
23 r1/2495Erlendur ValdimarssonISL55.38 (23)
24 r1/2316John WattsGBR53.86 (24)
25 r1/2148Kaj AndersenDEN53.52 (25)
26 r1/2474Praveen KumarIND53.12 (26)
27 r1/240Heimo ReinitzerAUT52.56 (27)
28 r1/224Said Farouk Al-TurkiKSA33.78 (28)
AC r1/2514Armando De VincentisITA– (AC)
DNS82Stoyan SlavkovBUL– (DNS)
DNS134Julio BequerCUB– (DNS)
DNS159Nagui AssaadEGY– (DNS)
DNS1065Noel MatubaCGO– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (1 September 1972 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 59.00 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Ludvík DaněkTCH64.32Q
2Jorma RinneFIN62.02Q
3Géza FejérHUN61.58Q
4Pentti KahmaFIN61.2458.50Q
5Ricky BruchSWE61.24Q
6Jay SilvesterUSA61.20Q
7Ferenc TéglaHUN60.60Q
8János MurányiHUN60.34Q
9Silvano SimeonITA59.78Q
10Tim VollmerUSA59.60Q
11Namakoro NiaréMLI59.38Q
12Detlef ThorithGDR59.36Q
13John PowellUSA59.30Q
14Les MillsNZL59.22Q
15Klaus-Peter HennigFRG58.64
16Dirk WippermannFRG58.1057.96
17Hein-Direck NeuFRG58.1056.36
18Zdravko PečarYUG57.84
19Bill TancredGBR57.24
20Robin TaitNZL56.60
21Ain RoostCAN56.58
22Hartmut LoschGDR56.54
23Erlendur ValdimarssonISL55.38
24John WattsGBR53.86
25Kaj AndersenDEN53.52
26Praveen KumarIND53.12
27Heimo ReinitzerAUT52.56
28Said Farouk Al-TurkiKSA33.78
ACArmando De VincentisITANM
DNSStoyan SlavkovBUL
DNSJulio BequerCUB
DNSNagui AssaadEGY
DNSNoel MatubaCGO

Qualifying Round, Group A (1 September 1972)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
16Pentti KahmaFIN61.2458.5061.24-
29Ricky BruchSWE61.2461.24--
314Jay SilvesterUSA61.2058.9861.20-
45Ferenc TéglaHUN60.6060.60--
516Tim VollmerUSA59.6059.60--
64Namakoro NiaréMLI59.3859.38--
715Detlef ThorithGDR59.3659.36--
810Les MillsNZL59.2259.22--
912Klaus-Peter HennigFRG58.6455.32×58.64
108Hein-Direck NeuFRG58.1056.3658.10×
113Ain RoostCAN56.5856.5855.48×
1213John WattsGBR53.8653.48×53.86
131Kaj AndersenDEN53.52×51.6053.52
1411Said Farouk Al-TurkiKSA33.78×33.78×
AC2Armando De VincentisITA×××NM
DNS7Stoyan SlavkovBUL

Qualifying Round, Group B (1 September 1972)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
110Ludvík DaněkTCH64.3264.32--
25Jorma RinneFIN62.0262.02--
32Géza FejérHUN61.5861.58--
46János MurányiHUN60.3454.4260.34-
54Silvano SimeonITA59.7858.3859.78-
613John PowellUSA59.3054.9459.30-
715Dirk WippermannFRG58.1056.4258.1057.96
88Zdravko PečarYUG57.84×57.8453.52
99Bill TancredGBR57.24×55.8657.24
1011Robin TaitNZL56.6056.6055.88×
1117Hartmut LoschGDR56.5456.54×56.28
1212Erlendur ValdimarssonISL55.3855.3855.1653.26
137Praveen KumarIND53.1252.5853.1251.58
1414Heimo ReinitzerAUT52.56×52.3252.56
DNS1Julio BequerCUB
DNS3Nagui AssaadEGY
DNS16Noel MatubaCGO

Final Round (2 September 1972 — 15:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
12Ludvík DaněkTCH64.4058.1260.3862.3862.5461.7064.40
29Jay SilvesterUSA63.5062.12×63.50××62.86
38Ricky BruchSWE63.4059.12×61.5262.7663.4062.60
412John PowellUSA62.8261.9262.8260.44×61.38×
54Géza FejérHUN62.6262.5062.56××61.5062.62
61Detlef ThorithGDR62.4261.7462.4261.06×59.88×
711Ferenc TéglaHUN60.6058.3859.6657.40×58.1660.60
85Tim VollmerUSA60.2459.2660.24×××58.54
913Pentti KahmaFIN59.6657.2058.9259.66×58.92×
106Silvano SimeonITA59.3458.8059.3458.36
1114Jorma RinneFIN59.2257.3056.8859.22
1210János MurányiHUN57.9257.9257.16×
137Namakoro NiaréMLI56.4856.4855.10×
143Les MillsNZL55.86×54.4855.86