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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Women's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 55.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 9, 1972  
Date Finished: September 10, 1972  
(Competitors: 17; Countries: 10; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF    1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
Melnik was the European Champion and world record holder, but had been beaten twice by Menis twice during 1972. The Romanian opened up well in the final, overtaking Danilova’s Olympic record 62.64 with 64.28, while Melnik struggled to reach 60.56. By the fourth round, Melnik was in fifth place, and Menis improved her lead to 65.06. Melnik had produced a relaxed throw of 67m in the warm up, and she reproduced this form in the fourth to take the lead with 66.62. Menis, who had earlier improved to 65.06, responded in the final round with 64.90. Stoeva completed the medallists with her fifth round 64.34.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Armenian Soviet Faina Melnik was a solid favorite. She had broken the world record five times since 1971, was European Champion in 1971, and would win that title again in 1974. But twice in 1972 she had been beaten by Romanian Argentina Menis. Menis took the lead in round one with an Olympic record 64.28 (210-10¾). By the fourth round, she led with Melnik in fifth, and Menis then improved to 65.06 (213-5½). But Melnik was the next thrower and overtook Menis with 66.62 (218-7) which held on for the gold medal. Thirteen days later, Menis broke Melnik’s world record with 67.32 (220-10½).
 
 
        Results          
   
Discus Throw Women     Final 10 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 66.62     Faina Melnik Soviet Union URS 9 Jun 45    
2 65.06     Argentina Menis Romania ROU 19 Jul 48    
3 64.34     Vasilka Stoyeva Bulgaria BUL 14 Jan 40    
4 62.86     Tamara Danilova Soviet Union URS 30 Jul 39    
5 62.18     Liesel Westermann West Germany FRG 2 Nov 44    
6 61.72     Gabriele Hinzmann East Germany GDR 31 May 47    
7 60.42     Carmen Ionescu Romania ROU 28 Jul 51    
8 59.00     Lyudmila Muravyeva Soviet Union URS 10 Nov 40    
9 58.50     Lia Manoliu Romania ROU 25 Apr 32    
10 56.72     Svetla Bozhkova Bulgaria BUL 13 Mar 51    
11 56.58     Brigitte Berendonk West Germany FRG 2 May 42    
  NM     Rosemary Payne Great Britain GBR 19 May 33    
Discus Throw Women     Qualification 9 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 61.58     Argentina Menis Romania ROU 19 Jul 48    
2 61.26     Faina Melnik Soviet Union URS 9 Jun 45    
3 60.34     Tamara Danilova Soviet Union URS 30 Jul 39    
4 59.80     Gabriele Hinzmann East Germany GDR 31 May 47    
5 58.26     Liesel Westermann West Germany FRG 2 Nov 44    
6 57.82     Carmen Ionescu Romania ROU 28 Jul 51    
7 56.90     Brigitte Berendonk West Germany FRG 2 May 42    
8 56.42     Svetla Bozhkova Bulgaria BUL 13 Mar 51    
9 55.88     Lia Manoliu Romania ROU 25 Apr 32    
10 55.56     Rosemary Payne Great Britain GBR 19 May 33    
11 55.26     Vasilka Stoyeva Bulgaria BUL 14 Jan 40    
12 55.24     Lyudmila Muravyeva Soviet Union URS 10 Nov 40    
13 53.92     Josephine de la Vina Philippines PHI 15 Apr 46    
14 53.86     Radostina Vasekova Bulgaria BUL 10 Feb 50    
15 52.52     Krystyna Nadolna Poland POL 23 Dec 49    
16 51.58     Olga Connolly Czechoslovakia TCH 13 Nov 32    
17 49.62     Maggy Wauters Belgium BEL 5 Sep 53    

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Qualifying

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw
1 Argentina Menis Romania 61.58
OR
61.58 p p
2 Faina Melnik Soviet Union 61.26 53.00 61.26 p
3 Tamara Danilova Soviet Union 60.34 60.34 p p
4 Gabriele Hinzmann East Germany 59.80 59.80 p p
5 Liesel Westermann West Germany 58.26 58.26 p p
6 Carmen Ionescu Romania 57.82 x 57.82 p
7 Brigitte Berendonk West Germany 56.90 54.74 56.90 p
8 Svetla Bozhkova Bulgaria 56.42 54.52 56.42 p
9 Lia Manoliu Romania 55.88 55.88 p p
10 Rosemary Payne Great Britain 55.56 x 53.56 55.56
11 Vasilka Stoeva Bulgaria 55.26 x 55.26 p
12 Lyudmila Muravyova Soviet Union 55.24 55.24 p p
13 Josephine de la Viña Philippines 53.29 51.08 x 53.29
14 Radostina Vasekova Bulgaria 53.86 x x 53.86
15 Krystyna Nadolna Poland 52.52 x 47.42 52.52
16 Olga Connolly United States 51.58 51.58 x 50.76
17 Maggy Wauters Belgium 49.62 49.62 x x
Ok-Ja Paik South Korea DNS
Jolán Kleiberné-Kontsek Hungary DNS
Rosa Molina Chile DNS

Final

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw 4th throw 5th throw 6th throw
1st Faina Melnik Soviet Union 66.62
OR
60.56 61.32 57.96 66.62
OR
62.76 x
2nd Argentina Menis Romania 65.06 64.28
OR
59.82 60.88 65.06
OR
63.78 64.90
3rd Vasilka Stoeva Bulgaria 64.34 61.08 x 64.20 62.24 64.34 62.10
4 Tamara Danilova Soviet Union 62.86 62.64
OR
58.14 62.86 61.14 x x
5 Liesel Westermann West Germany 62.18 x 57.04 62.18 61.66 x x
6 Gabriele Hinzmann East Germany 61.72 57.52 59.14 60.12 61.08 61.72 60.22
7 Carmen Ionescu Romania 60.42 57.78 58.76 57.06 59.08 x 60.42
8 Lyudmila Muravyova Soviet Union 59.00 57.52 57.92 59.00 x 58.86 57.20
9 Lia Manoliu Romania 58.50 58.18 58.50 x
10 Svetla Bozhkova Bulgaria 56.72 56.50 56.72 x
11 Brigitte Berendonk West Germany 56.58 55.60 x 56.58
12 Rosemary Payne Great Britain 56.50 56.50 x  

Key: OR = Olympic record; p = pass; x = fault; NM = no mark

 
 
 

 

 

 

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