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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 58.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 14, 1968  
Date Finished: October 15, 1968  
(Competitors: 27; Countries: 19; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Jay Silvester ended the season as the number one thrower in the world, winning 20 of his 22 competitions, beating Oerter 6-2 and improving the world record to 68.40. Silvester led the qualifiers as the only man to throw over 200 feet – 63.34 – a new Olympic record. As the competitors warmed up for the final a virulent thunderstorm began. Just one thrower remained out in the rain – Oerter, who continued to throw, acclimatising himself to the circle. The mountainous Oerter, now 125kg, led Silvester when the competition finally got under way, with 61.78 to 61.10. However, both Milde (62.44) and European Champion Losch (62.12) were ahead of the Americans. Milde increased the lead with 63.08 as Silvester moved into third by equalling Oerter’s 61.78. Four throws later came the hammer blow. Oerter, never technically brilliant but possessing an arm like a freight train, let go a lifetime best of 64.78, which effectively deflated Silvester. He managed just one throw further than 60m with his last four throws, while Oerter piled on the pressure with two more over 64m. Daněk had taken over third on the first throw after Oerter’s big effort, and the top positions remained unchanged, with Oerter setting a record of four consecutive gold medals.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
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.
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Jay Silvester (USA) 68.40 m Reno, United States September 18, 1968
Olympic record  Al Oerter (USA) 61.00 m Tokyo, Japan October 15, 1964
 
        Results          
   
Discus Throw Men     Final 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 64.78     Al Oerter United States USA 32 OR  
2 63.08     Lothar Milde East Germany GDR 33    
3 62.92     Ludvík Daněk Czechoslovakia TCH 31    
4 62.12     Hartmut Losch East Germany GDR 25    
5 61.78     Jay Silvester United States USA 31    
6 59.46     Gary Carlsen United States USA 23    
7 59.40     Edmund Piątkowski Poland POL 32    
8 59.28     Ricky Bruch Sweden SWE 22    
9 58.66     Hein-Direck Neu West Germany FRG 24    
10 58.62     Günter Schaumburg East Germany GDR 25    
11 58.36     Ferenc Tégla Hungary HUN 21    
12 57.68     Robin Tait New Zealand NZL 28    
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group A 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 63.34     Jay Silvester United States USA 31 OR  
2 60.40     Hartmut Losch East Germany GDR 25    
3T 60.36     Gary Carlsen United States USA 23    
3T 60.36     Lothar Milde East Germany GDR 33    
5 60.14     Günter Schaumburg East Germany GDR 25    
6 59.36     Al Oerter United States USA 32    
7 59.34     Ludvík Daněk Czechoslovakia TCH 31    
8 59.08     Ricky Bruch Sweden SWE 22    
9 58.56     Hein-Direck Neu West Germany FRG 24    
10 58.50     Ferenc Tégla Hungary HUN 21    
11 58.24     Edmund Piątkowski Poland POL 32    
12 57.48     Guram Gudashvili Soviet Union URS 26    
13 57.34     George Puce Canada CAN 27    
14 54.02     Jens Reimers West Germany FRG 27    
Discus Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group B 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 58.88     Robin Tait New Zealand NZL 28    
2 56.60     Namakoro Niaré Mali MLI 25    
3 56.00     János Faragó Hungary HUN 22    
4 55.24     Denis Ségui Kragbé Cote d'Ivoire CIV 30    
5 54.92     Lech Gajdziński Poland POL 22    
6 53.96     Joe Kashmiri Iran IRI 29    
7 53.80     Klaus-Peter Hennig West Germany FRG 21    
8 53.52     Heimo Reinitzer Austria AUT 25    
9 52.30     Modesto Mederos Cuba CUB 26    
10 51.74     Bill Tancred Great Britain GBR 26    
11 51.70     Edy Hubacher Switzerland SUI 28    
12 39.62     Rolando Mendoza Nicaragua NCA 29    
13 36.18     Mauricio Jubis El Salvador ESA 22    

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Results

Qualifying round

Qual. rule: qualification standard 58.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Final
Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Jay Silvester United States 63.34 63.34  
2 A Hartmut Losch East Germany 60.40 60.40  
3 A Gary Carlsen United States 60.36 60.36  
3 A Lothar Milde East Germany 60.36 60.36  
5 A Günter Schaumburg East Germany 60.14 60.14  
6 A Al Oerter United States 59.36 59.36  
7 A Ludvík Daněk Czechoslovakia 59.36 58.10 56.42 59.36  
8 A Ricky Bruch Sweden 59.08 59.08  
9 B Robin Tait New Zealand 58.88 58.88  
10 A Hein-Direck Neu West Germany X 55.26 58.56 58.56  
11 A Ferenc Tégla Hungary 57.18 58.50 58.50  
12 A Edmund Piątkowski Poland 58.24 58.24  
13 A Guram Gudashvili Soviet Union 57.48 55.84 X 57.48  
14 A George Puce Canada 57.34 X X 57.34  
15 B Namakoro Niaré Mali X 54.92 56.60 56.60  
16 B János Faragó Hungary 54.98 56.00 X 56.00  
17 B Denis Ségui Kragbé Ivory Coast 55.24 54.24 X 55.24  
18 B Lech Gajdziński Poland 54.92 X X 54.92  
19 A Jens Reimers West Germany 53.18 X 54.02 54.02  
20 B Joe Kashmiri Iran 53.00 53.96 53.30 53.96  
21 B Klaus-Peter Hennig West Germany 53.80 X X 53.80  
22 B Heimo Reinitzer Austria 51.90 52.00 53.52 53.52  
23 B Modesto Mederos Cuba 52.30 X 49.42 52.30  
24 B Bill Tancred Great Britain X 48.86 51.74 51.74  
25 B Edy Hubacher Switzerland X 49.80 51.70 51.70  
26 B Rolando Mendoza Nicaragua 39.62 36.46 38.78 39.62  
27 B Mauricio Jubis El Salvador 33.62 35.94 36.18 36.18  
Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Al Oerter United States 61.78 X 64.78 62.42 64.74 64.04 64.78 OR
2nd Lothar Milde East Germany 62.44 63.08 62.58 59.98 60.24 58.00 63.08  
3rd Ludvík Daněk Czechoslovakia 60.62 X 62.92 X 61.28 61.34 62.92  
4 Hartmut Losch East Germany 62.12 61.68 60.34 59.48 58.94 59.50 62.12  
5 Jay Silvester United States 61.10 61.78 X X X 60.44 61.78  
6 Gary Carlsen United States 58.62 59.26 59.46 59.30 52.60 58.54 59.46  
7 Edmund Piątkowski Poland 59.40 58.46 57.66 57.52 X 58.72 59.40  
8 Ricky Bruch Sweden 58.94 58.02 58.12 59.28 58.50 58.34 59.28  
9 Hein-Direck Neu West Germany 55.96 X 58.66 N/A 58.66  
10 Günter Schaumburg East Germany 56.64 57.70 58.62 N/A 58.62  
11 Ferenc Tégla Hungary 56.74 58.36 57.78 N/A 58.36  
12 Robin Tait New Zealand 56.52 57.68 56.84 N/A 57.68  
 
 

 

 

 

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