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

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Final only.
Date Started: October 18, 1968  
Date Finished: October 18, 1968  
(Competitors: 16; Countries: 9)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
The two Germanies laid claim to the world record in 1968 in the shape of Spielberg and Westermann, but both were vulnerable before the Games, with Manoliu having the best competitive record. The Romanian, in her fifth Olympics, won the gold medal with her first throw, and only Westermann, with her second round throw, was able to get within 3m. Berendonk later became well known in Germany for her 1991 book “Doping. Von der Forschung zum Betrug” about systematic doping violations in the GDR.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
In 1967-68, Liesel Westermann (FRG) and Christa Spielberg (GDR) had taken turns bettering the world record with Westermann holding it at 62.54 (205-2¼) prior to México. Westermann’s first world record of 61.26 (201-0) in November 1967 in São Paulo was the first throw over 200 feet. Spielberg had won the 1966 European Championships, with Westermann second. However, both were expecting a challenge from 1960-64 bronze medalist Lia Manoliu. This was her fifth Olympics and she opened with 58.28 (191-2½) which would win the gold medal. Manoliu had only one other fair throw. Rain set in shortly after her best toss, and hampered the other throwers, which helped her mark standup. She would compete again in 1972, her sixth Olympics, the first athlete, male or female, to compete in six Olympics in track & field athletics. She later became President of the Romanian Olympic Committee.
 

Records

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

World record  Liesel Westermann (FRG) 62.54 m Werdohl, West Germany August 24, 1968
Olympic record  Tamara Press (URS) 57.27 m Tokyo, Japan October 19, 1964
 
        Results          
   
Discus Throw Women     Final 18 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 58.28     Lia Manoliu Romania ROU 36 OR  
2 57.76     Liesel Westermann West Germany FRG 23    
3 54.90     Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek Hungary HUN 29    
4 54.40     Anita Otto East Germany GDR 25    
5 53.42     Antonina Popova Soviet Union URS 33    
6 52.96     Olga Fikotová-Connolly United States USA 35    
7 52.86     Christa Spielberg East Germany GDR 26    
8 52.80     Brigitte Berendonk West Germany FRG 26    
9 52.26     Lyudmila Muravyova Soviet Union URS 27    
10 52.18     Karin Illgen East Germany GDR 27    
11 52.08     Judit Stugner Hungary HUN 26    
12 50.76     Dashzevgiin Namjilmaa Mongolia MGL 24    
13 50.20     Olimpia Cataramă Romania ROU 27    
14 48.28     Carol Moseke United States USA 23    
15 46.56     Josephine de la Viña Philippines PHI 22    
16 46.26     Jean Roberts Australia AUS 25    

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Results

Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Lia Manoliu Romania 58.28 X X 46.82 X 58.28 OR
2nd Liesel Westermann West Germany 54.02 57.76 X 55.78 X X 57.76  
3rd Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek Hungary 54.90 54.24 X X X X 54.90  
4 Anita Otto East Germany 54.40 54.10 53.88 X 51.16 52.34 54.40  
5 Antonina Popova Soviet Union 53.42 53.12 51.40 52.60 52.86 X 53.42  
6 Olga Fikotová United States X 52.96 50.74 X X 50.40 52.96  
7 Christine Spielberg East Germany 52.86 X 52.86 X 52.62 49.80 52.86  
8 Brigitte Berendonk West Germany 52.80 49.66 46.90 X X 50.46 52.80  
9 Lyudmila Muravyova Soviet Union 51.80 52.26 50.20 N/A 52.26  
10 Karin Illgen East Germany 50.40 X 52.18 N/A 52.18  
11 Judit Stugner Hungary 42.12 51.38 52.08 N/A 52.08  
12 Dashzevgiin Namjilmaa Mongolia 50.76 X 49.00 N/A 50.76  
13 Olimpia Cataramă Romania X 47.50 50.20 N/A 50.20  
14 Carol Moseke United States 48.28 44.78 44.04 N/A 48.28  
15 Jean Roberts Australia 36.56 46.26 X N/A 46.26  
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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