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Discus Throw, Women

Date10 – 11 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants17 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 69.96 / Evelin Jahl GDR / 1 August 1980

The Soviet-led boycott made this a second-class meet, as the best throwers were the women from the USSR, the GDR, and Bulgaria. The favorite to win was Dutchwoman Ria Stalman and she came through. She took the lead in round one with 64.50 (211-7½) but American Leslie Deniz moved ahead in the fifth round with 64.86 (212-9½). Stalman came through in the final round, however, with 65.36 (214-5¼) to win her gold medal. Concurrent with the Olympics, the Eastern Bloc competed at the Friendship Games in Praha, Czechoslovakia. There GDR thrower Irina Meszynski (who never competed in the Olympics) broke the world record with 73.36 (240-8¼). The first seven throwers in that competition bettered Stalman’s gold medal winning throw.

In January 2016, Ria Stalman, admitted that she had been doping at the time of the 1984 Olympics, and winning her gold medal. She noted that “in the last two and a half years of my career I took a small daily dose of anabolic steroids.” Stalman said she decided to begin doping after seeing bulky Eastern Bloc throwers commonly out-throw her. She stated, “‘if you can’t beat them, join them,’ and that’s what I did.” Given what we subsequently learned about the East German and Soviet doping programs, it is highly likely that most of the top finishers at the Friendship Games were also on PEDs.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1202Ria StalmanNED58.28 (1)65.36 (1)Gold
2374Leslie DenizUSA56.24 (4)64.86 (2)Silver
3311Florenţa CrăciunescuROU57.84 (2)63.64 (3)Bronze
498Ulla LundholmFIN56.44 (3)62.84 (4)
5170Meg RitchieGBR56.00 (6)62.58 (5)
6128Ingra ManeckeFRG56.20 (5)58.56 (6)
7159Venissa HeadGBR55.24 (8)58.18 (7)
815Gael MartinAUS55.38 (7)55.88 (8)
9219Pat WalshIRL54.42 (10)55.38 (9)
10372Laura DeSnooUSA53.76 (11)54.84 (10)
1174Jiao YunxiangCHN54.70 (9)53.32 (11)
12380Lorna GriffinUSA53.34 (12)50.16 (12)
13 r1/246Carmen IonescuCAN52.28 (13)
14 r1/2409Mariëtte van HeerdenZIM50.54 (14)
15 r1/2244Marlene LewisJAM49.00 (15)
16 r1/285Agathe Ngo NackCMR38.32 (16)
17 r1/2279Christine BéchardMRI37.94 (17)

Qualifying Round (10 August 1984 — 11:20)

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

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Ria StalmanNED58.28Q
2Florenţa CrăciunescuROU57.84Q
3Ulla LundholmFIN56.44Q
4Leslie DenizUSA56.24Q
5Ingra ManeckeFRG56.20Q
6Meg RitchieGBR56.00Q
7Gael MartinAUS55.38Q
8Venissa HeadGBR55.24Q
9Jiao YunxiangCHN54.70q
10Pat WalshIRL54.42q
11Laura DeSnooUSA53.76q
12Lorna GriffinUSA53.34q
13Carmen IonescuCAN52.28
14Mariëtte van HeerdenZIM50.54
15Marlene LewisJAM49.00
16Agathe Ngo NackCMR38.32
17Christine BéchardMRI37.94

Qualifying Round, Group A (10 August 1984)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
14Ria StalmanNED58.2858.28--
23Florenţa CrăciunescuROU57.84×57.84-
39Ulla LundholmFIN56.4456.44--
42Leslie DenizUSA56.2456.24--
56Gael MartinAUS55.3855.38--
65Venissa HeadGBR55.2448.9255.24-
77Jiao YunxiangCHN54.7054.7053.4253.38
88Mariëtte van HeerdenZIM50.5445.7450.5450.52
91Marlene LewisJAM49.0046.2649.00×

Qualifying Round, Group B (10 August 1984)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
11Ingra ManeckeFRG56.2056.20--
26Meg RitchieGBR56.0050.2056.00-
38Pat WalshIRL54.4252.54×54.42
43Laura DeSnooUSA53.7653.1453.7651.40
57Lorna GriffinUSA53.3453.16×53.34
65Carmen IonescuCAN52.28×52.28×
74Agathe Ngo NackCMR38.32×38.32×
81Christine BéchardMRI37.94×37.9437.54

Final Round (11 August 1984 — 16:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
15Ria StalmanNED65.3664.5061.1663.7064.2863.6465.36
22Leslie DenizUSA64.8662.46×63.3662.6064.86×
34Florenţa CrăciunescuROU63.6460.6861.4262.9662.0863.64×
41Ulla LundholmFIN62.8462.84×54.9255.9459.7254.04
56Meg RitchieGBR62.58×55.3657.6661.7662.5860.40
612Ingra ManeckeFRG58.5651.6858.22×53.20×58.56
711Venissa HeadGBR58.18×55.5858.18×55.8455.88
88Gael MartinAUS55.8855.8855.3854.3454.9455.7053.08
93Pat WalshIRL55.3855.3851.7053.32
107Laura DeSnooUSA54.8453.7454.8453.88
1110Jiao YunxiangCHN53.32×53.32×
129Lorna GriffinUSA50.16×50.16×