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Discus Throw, Men

Date24 – 25 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants30 from 20 countries
Olympic Record 64.78 / Al Oerter USA / 15 October 1968

In 1975, John Powell had broken the world record. He seemed to have a shot at gold in 1976, but then Mac Wilkins broke the record four times in early 1976, including three times in one meet in May 1976 in San José. His second record that day was the first throw ever over 70 metres. His only threat seemed to be East Germany’s Wolfgang Schmidt. Wilkins and Powell were not friends, while Wilkins and Schmidt were, which seemed incongruous but was true. In round two of the final, Willkins threw 67.50 (221-5½), which was his best mark of the competition and would win the gold medal. Powell was second with 65.70 (215-6¾) going into the final round. Then Schmidt unleashed 66.22 (217-3½) to move to the silver medal spot. Schmidt received a hug and handshake from Wilkins, which offended some American fans, as Schmidt, and East German, has just moved another America, Powell, down to a bronze medal. Schmidt was not a typical East German. He criticized his country’s Communist government and in 1982 was imprisoned for his behavior and his frequent association with Western athletes. He would be repatriated a bit and returned to competition after the fall of the Berlin Wall, finishing fourth at the 1991 World Championships.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1968Mac WilkinsUSA68.28 (1)67.50 (1)Gold
2400Wolfgang SchmidtGDR63.14 (3)66.22 (2)Silver
3949John PowellUSA61.48 (9)65.70 (3)Bronze
4405Norbert ThiedeGDR61.14 (11)64.30 (4)
5394Siegfried PachaleGDR60.64 (13)64.24 (5)
6279Pentti KahmaFIN62.10 (5)63.12 (6)
7681Knut HjeltnesNOR61.30 (10)63.06 (7)
8962Jay SilvesterUSA62.06 (6)61.98 (8)
9827Ludvík DaněkTCH60.44 (14)61.28 (9)
10130Velko VelevBUL63.54 (2)60.94 (10)
11507Ferenc TéglaHUN61.66 (8)60.54 (11)
12434Hein-Direck NeuFRG61.88 (7)60.46 (12)
13831Josef ŠilhavýTCH60.82 (12)58.42 (13)
14495János FaragóHUN60.06 (15)57.48 (14)
15544Armando De VincentisITA62.26 (4)55.86 (15)
16 r1/2227Julián MorrinsonCUB59.92 (16)
17 r1/2299Markku TuokkoFIN59.80 (17)
18 r1/2744Stanisław WołodkoPOL59.42 (18)
19 r1/2565Silvano SimeonITA59.06 (19)
20 r1/2811Ricky BruchSWE58.06 (20)
21 r1/2908Nikolay VikhorURS57.50 (21)
22 r1/2783Iosif NaghiROU57.28 (22)
23 r1/2169Ain RoostCAN56.56 (23)
24 r1/2144Borys ChambulCAN55.86 (24)
25 r1/2381Peter TancredGBR55.50 (25)
26 r1/2100Jos SchroederBEL54.80 (26)
27 r1/2792Ibrahima GuèyeSEN52.82 (27)
28 r1/2522Salman HessamIRI52.40 (28)
29 r1/232Mahmoud Al-ZabramawiKSA35.94 (29)
AC r1/2146Bishop DolegiewiczCAN– (AC)

Qualifying Round (24 July 1976 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 60.00 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Mac WilkinsUSA68.28QOR
2Velko VelevBUL63.54Q
3Wolfgang SchmidtGDR63.14Q
4Armando De VincentisITA62.26Q
5Pentti KahmaFIN62.10Q
6Jay SilvesterUSA62.06Q
7Hein-Direck NeuFRG61.88Q
8Ferenc TéglaHUN61.66Q
9John PowellUSA61.48Q
10Knut HjeltnesNOR61.30Q
11Norbert ThiedeGDR61.14Q
12Josef ŠilhavýTCH60.82Q
13Siegfried PachaleGDR60.64Q
14Ludvík DaněkTCH60.44Q
15János FaragóHUN60.06Q
16Julián MorrinsonCUB59.92
17Markku TuokkoFIN59.80
18Stanisław WołodkoPOL59.42
19Silvano SimeonITA59.06
20Ricky BruchSWE58.06
21Nikolay VikhorURS57.50
22Iosif NaghiROU57.28
23Ain RoostCAN56.56
24Borys ChambulCAN55.86
25Peter TancredGBR55.50
26Jos SchroederBEL54.80
27Ibrahima GuèyeSEN52.82
28Salman HessamIRI52.40
29Mahmoud Al-ZabramawiKSA35.94
ACBishop DolegiewiczCANNM

Qualifying Round, Group A (24 July 1976)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
14Mac WilkinsUSA68.2868.28--OR
214Velko VelevBUL63.5463.54--
310Wolfgang SchmidtGDR63.1463.14--
45Pentti KahmaFIN62.1062.10--
53Jay SilvesterUSA62.06×62.06-
67Hein-Direck NeuFRG61.88×58.9061.88
712John PowellUSA61.48×61.48-
89Norbert ThiedeGDR61.1461.14--
92Siegfried PachaleGDR60.64×60.64-
108Ludvík DaněkTCH60.4460.44--
1113Markku TuokkoFIN59.8059.8059.2657.18
126Silvano SimeonITA59.0658.7659.06×
1315Ricky BruchSWE58.0656.98×58.06
141Nikolay VikhorURS57.50×57.5054.52
AC11Bishop DolegiewiczCAN×××NM

Qualifying Round, Group B (24 July 1976)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
18Armando De VincentisITA62.2662.26--
24Ferenc TéglaHUN61.6657.0061.66-
37Knut HjeltnesNOR61.30×61.30-
49Josef ŠilhavýTCH60.8260.82--
56János FaragóHUN60.0659.3060.06-
62Julián MorrinsonCUB59.9259.9256.6658.50
73Stanisław WołodkoPOL59.4257.5657.8459.42
85Iosif NaghiROU57.28××57.28
915Ain RoostCAN56.5656.56××
1013Borys ChambulCAN55.86×55.86×
111Peter TancredGBR55.5055.20×55.50
1214Jos SchroederBEL54.80×54.0454.80
1310Ibrahima GuèyeSEN52.8252.82×52.76
1411Salman HessamIRI52.4052.4050.40×
1512Mahmoud Al-ZabramawiKSA35.9431.8035.3035.94

Final Round (25 July 1976 — 15:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
111Mac WilkinsUSA67.5061.7867.5063.4463.52×66.14
28Wolfgang SchmidtGDR66.2263.68×65.16×63.9666.22
32John PowellUSA65.7062.4864.2465.7060.4860.2064.24
46Norbert ThiedeGDR64.3062.4061.6661.9863.0264.3063.04
513Siegfried PachaleGDR64.2459.6264.0460.0261.0859.6264.24
61Pentti KahmaFIN63.1263.1261.22×××61.94
75Knut HjeltnesNOR63.0660.2662.0261.6061.2661.2463.06
810Jay SilvesterUSA61.9861.60×××61.98×
94Ludvík DaněkTCH61.2860.1261.2859.62
107Velko VelevBUL60.9460.9460.68×
1112Ferenc TéglaHUN60.5457.4457.0060.54
123Hein-Direck NeuFRG60.4659.4460.2660.46
139Josef ŠilhavýTCH58.4257.6258.42×
1414János FaragóHUN57.4857.4857.30×
1515Armando De VincentisITA55.8655.86××