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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Women's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Beijing, China Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 61.50 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 15, 2008  
Date Finished: August 18, 2008  
(Competitors: 38; Countries: 24; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF    2008_olympic_stadium.jpg
The qualifying was led by Brown Trafton with 62.77, but Grasu (62.51) and Barrios (62.23) were more highly regarded as medal prospects, particularly after defending champion Sadova (58.11) failed to qualify. The 1988 finalist Zvereva opened the final with 60.43, which led until Brown Trafton launched her first throw to 64.74. No Olympic discus title had been won with a throw lesser than 65m since 1968, but Brown Trafton’s effort would hold up against all assaults. Barrios, with 63.17 and 63.64 would be the closest. The first American female Olympic discus throw champion since 1932 reflected “my goal was to come to the Bird’s Nest to lay a golden egg, and that’s what I did.”
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The discus throw was considered wide open, but nobody was quite prepared for what eventuated. In round one, American thrower Stephanie Brown Trafton opened a big lead with 64.74 (212-5), and that was all she would need to win the gold medal, eventually winning by 1.10 metres over Cuba’s Yarelis Barrios. Barrios got her best throw in round two. Brown Trafton struggled after her opener with three fouls, and her next best throw was only 61.30 (201-1), but the opener was all she needed. This was the first throwing gold medal by an American woman since 1932. Brown Trafton had almost no international experience, competing at Athina in 2004, but not making the final. She had never ranked in the world top ten, her best year-end American ranking had been 3rd in 2004 and 2006, and she had placed only third at the US Olympic Trials prior to Beijing. But she was the world list leader coming into the Olympics, although that throw (66.17 217-1) had been done with some helpful winds.
 

Records

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

World record  Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 Neubrandenburg, East Germany 9 July 1988
Olympic record  Martina Hellmann (GDR) 72.30 Seoul, South Korea 29 September 1988

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

 
        Results        

The women's discus throw event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15–18 August at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.

The qualifying standards were 61.00 m (200.13 ft) (A standard) and 59.00 m (193.57 ft) (B standard).

Women's Discus Throw - FINAL

 

The most unexpected result of the Athletics programme so far, saw USA’s Stephanie Brown-Trafton take the Olympic crown with a first round 64.74m, the first American victory in the women’s Discus Throw since 1932. The last US medal at the Olympics being the silver in the Soviet block boycotted Olympics of 1984, which went to Leslie Deniz.

There will be much rejoicing in Team USA at this result which on Day 4 brings the world’s super power of athletics its first gold medal of these Olympic Games.

The 29-year-old third string US squad member came out of nowhere to win this title, having an international championships career record which before her entry in Beijing, began and ended with her non-qualification performance at the Athens Olympics.

Brown-Trafton who hails from California and works in Information Technology is a blank canvas in terms of her profile as an international athlete. As marvellous as her victory is, and we take nothing away from it, the competition was the lowest standard Olympic final since 1968 which was won with 58.28m.

But this was more than just statistically low it was lack lustre as a real competition, as a spectacle. Nothing wrong in that of course, if the winner is truly dominant but Brown-Trafton’s series only had the one high, her opening heave. With three fouls and two other valid marks of only 58.39 (4th) and 61.30 (5th), this was not a results sheet likely to filed for posterity by many.

Yet there is no taking away the fact that Brown-Trafton had done everything right since arriving in Beijing, as she was also the best overall qualifier on Friday, 62.77m, and so richly deserves her Olympic title.

Cuba’s Yarelis Barrios, the World bronze medallist, put together the best series of the night – topped out by 63.84 in the second round, with another three efforts of 62.12m or better.

If there was animation in this event then it was when Olena Antonoiva of Ukraine in the fifth round passed Aimin Song for bronze, her 62.59m surpassing the Chinese’s 62.17m, and suppressing the crowd’s till then enthusiastic interest in the final. While Song improved her best by three centimetres in round five, ultimately the medals had been decided.

Note should be made that in sixth place finished 47-year-old 2000 Olympic champion Ellina Zvereva of Belarus, who when taking her title in Sydney aged 39 was the oldest ever Olympic champion at this event.

Chris Turner for the IAAF
Discus Throw Women     Final 18 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 64.74     Stephanie Brown Trafton United States USA 1 Dec 79  
2 63.64     Yarelis Barrios Cuba CUB 12 Jul 83  
3 62.59     Olena Antonova Ukraine UKR 16 Jun 72  
4 62.20     Song Aimin China CHN 15 Mar 78  
5 61.75     Věra Cechlová Czech Republic CZE 19 Nov 78  
6 60.82     Ellina Zvereva Belarus BLR 16 Nov 60  
7 60.68     Li Yanfeng China CHN 15 May 79  
8 60.66     Mélina Robert-Michon France FRA 18 Jul 79  
9 60.15     Dani Samuels Australia AUS 26 May 88  
10 59.80     Aretha Thurmond United States USA 14 Aug 76  
11 59.27     Iryna Yatchenko Belarus BLR 31 Oct 65  
12 58.63     Nicoleta Grasu Romania ROU 11 Sep 71  

Women's Discus Throw qualification

 

This qualification competition was very much a generation game with 20-year-old Dani Samuels (61.72 – automatic qualifier) and 47-year-old Ellina Zvereva (60.28 - qualified) the 2000 Olympic champion, at the extremities of this scale.

In total, there were nine athletes who progressed by right (61.50m or better) into Monday’s final (18), and three who made it by being the best of the rest.

It was USA’s Stephanie Brown-Trafton who topped Group A’s list of five automatics with a 62.77m third round heave. The American was also the best of the two groups overall.

Belarussia’s 2003 World champion Irina Yatchenko, 42, with 62.26 was the second best of the ‘A’ Group, just three centimetres ahead of Cuba’s Osaka World championship bronze medallist, Yarelis Barrios.

Samuels and Melina Robert Michon of France (62.21), the real surprise of the day, also progressed by right into the final from the first pool.

With the conclusion of the next qualification group’s attempts later in the evening, two more, Ukraine’s Olena Antonova (61.25) and the aforementioned Zvereva (60.28) were also to make it through from Group A.

Romania’s Nicoleta Grasu, 36-years-old, provided the best form of the ‘middle aged’ throwers, with a 62.51m throw on her second attempt which was the second furthest of the evening and headed Group B.

USA’s Aretha Thurmond was the second best of that group’s four automatics, her 61.90 also coming with her second try.

And of course the stadium erupted with cheers, and the now common place chant from the crowd in Beijing Olympic venues of ‘China, China , China…’ as Aimin Song assured her place in the final with a 61.67m. It was a noisy night because her second fling (61.31) had come close to the automatic mark. With Li Yanfeng also taking her place in the final line-up as one of the other best performers (61.29), we are assured a high level of crowd participation on Monday.

Czech Vera Cechlova was the fourth to go past the 61.50m qualification tape on the infield thanks to her 61.61m opener, and as World bronze medallist in 2005, must be someone to watch for medals.

Of those missing out, we notably lost Russia’s defending Olympic champion Natalia Sadova (58.11) and 1997 World champion Beatrice Faumunina (57.15), also missing the cut was Area record holder Suzy Powell-Roos of the USA (58.02).

Chris Turner for the IAAF

Discus Throw Women     Qualification 15 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 62.77   Q Stephanie Brown Trafton United States USA 1 Dec 79  
2 62.51   Q Nicoleta Grasu Romania ROU 11 Sep 71  
3 62.26   Q Iryna Yatchenko Belarus BLR 31 Oct 65  
4 62.23   Q Yarelis Barrios Cuba CUB 12 Jul 83  
5 62.21   Q Mélina Robert-Michon France FRA 18 Jul 79  
6 61.90   Q Aretha Thurmond United States USA 14 Aug 76  
7 61.72   Q Dani Samuels Australia AUS 26 May 88  
8 61.67   Q Song Aimin China CHN 15 Mar 78  
9 61.61   Q Věra Cechlová Czech Republic CZE 19 Nov 78  
10 61.29   Q Li Yanfeng China CHN 15 May 79  
11 61.25   Q Olena Antonova Ukraine UKR 16 Jun 72  
12 60.28   Q Ellina Zvereva Belarus BLR 16 Nov 60  
13 60.19     Dragana Tomašević Serbia SRB 4 Jun 82  
14 60.18     Nataliya Semenova Ukraine UKR 7 Jul 82  
15 59.87     Yania Ferrales Cuba CUB 28 Jul 77  
16 59.48     Svetlana Saykina Russia RUS 10 Jul 85  
17 59.44     Wioletta Potępa Poland POL 14 Dec 80  
18 59.40     Joanna Wiśniewska Poland POL 24 May 72  
19 58.84     Elisângela Adriano Brazil BRA 27 Jul 72  
20 58.75     Elizna Naude South Africa RSA 14 Sep 78  
21 58.61     Kateryna Karsak Ukraine UKR 26 Dec 85  
22 58.50     Vera Begić Croatia CRO 17 Mar 82  
23 58.45     Ma Xuejun China CHN 26 Mar 85  
24 58.23     Krishna Poonia India IND 5 May 82  
25 58.11     Natalya Sadova Russia RUS 15 Jul 72  
26 58.02     Suzy Powell United States USA 3 Sep 76  
27 57.44     Philippa Roles Great Britain GBR 1 Mar 78  
28 57.15     Beatrice Faumuina New Zealand NZL 23 Oct 74  
29 56.77     Hanna Mazhunova Belarus BLR 4 Jun 85  
30 56.42     Harwant Kaur India IND 5 Jul 80  
31 55.28     Anna Söderberg Sweden SWE 11 Jun 73  
32 55.07     Oksana Yesipchuk Russia RUS 13 Dec 75  
33 54.81     Zinaida Sendriūtė Lithuania LTU 20 Dec 84  
34 54.00     Venera Getova Bulgaria BUL 13 Dec 80  
35 53.00     Dorothéa Kalpakídou Greece GRE 21 Sep 83  
36 51.36     Rocío Comba Argentina ARG 14 Jul 87  
37 48.35     Tereapii Tapoki Cook Islands COK 19 Apr 84  
  NM     Żaneta Glanc Poland POL 11 Mar 83  
 
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Qualifying round

Qualification: 61.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final.

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Stephanie Brown Trafton United States 57.78 x 62.77 62.77 Q
2 B Nicoleta Grasu Romania 57.75 62.51   62.51 Q
3 A Iryna Yatchenko Belarus 62.26     62.26 Q
4 A Yarelis Barrios Cuba 62.23     62.23 Q
5 A Mélina Robert-Michon France x 55.18 62.21 62.21 Q, SB
6 B Aretha Thurmond United States 58.70 61.90   61.90 Q
7 A Dani Samuels Australia x x 61.72 61.72 Q
8 B Song Aimin China 59.89 61.31 61.67 61.67 Q
9 B Vera Pospíšilová-Cechlová Czech Republic 61.61     61.61 Q
10 B Li Yanfeng China 60.99 61.29 x 61.29 q
11 A Olena Antonova Ukraine 61.25 60.61 59.92 61.25 q
12 A Ellina Zvereva Belarus x 60.28 59.60 60.28 q
13 B Dragana Tomašević Serbia 55.59 x 60.19 60.19  
14 A Natalia Semenova Ukraine x 60.18 x 60.18  
15 B Yania Ferrales Cuba 59.87 58.73 59.85 59.87  
16 B Svetlana Saykina Russia x x 59.48 59.48  
17 A Wioletta Potępa Poland 59.44 59.20 59.10 59.44  
18 A Joanna Wiśniewska Poland 59.40 58.08 x 59.40  
19 A Elisângela Adriano Brazil x x 58.84 58.84  
20 B Elizna Naudé South Africa 58.75 57.09 58.35 58.75  
21 A Kateryna Karsak Ukraine x 53.14 58.61 58.61  
22 A Vera Begić Croatia 55.87 58.50 x 58.50  
23 A Ma Xuejun China 58.45 x 56.84 58.45  
24 B Krishna Poonia India 57.31 58.23 58.15 58.23  
25 B Natalya Sadova Russia x 58.11 57.76 58.11  
26 A Suzy Powell-Roos United States 58.02 x x 58.02  
27 A Philippa Roles Great Britain x 56.88 57.44 57.44  
28 B Beatrice Faumuina New Zealand 57.15 x 54.49 57.15  
29 B Hanna Mazgunova Belarus x x 56.77 56.77  
30 A Harwant Kaur India 56.38 56.38 56.42 56.42  
31 B Anna Söderberg Sweden x 55.28 53.48 55.28  
32 A Oxana Yesipchuk Russia 54.91 54.34 55.07 55.07  
33 B Zinaida Sendriūtė Lithuania 54.81 53.41 52.42 54.81  
34 B Venera Getova Bulgaria 52.51 54.00 52.40 54.00  
35 B Dorothea Kalpakidou Greece x 53.00 51.61 53.00  
36 B Barbara Rocio Comba Argentina x x 51.36 51.36  
37 A Tereapii Tapoki Cook Islands 46.77 44.11 48.35 48.35  
  B Żaneta Glanc Poland x x x NM  
 

Final

Rank Athlete Nationality 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Result Notes
1st Stephanie Brown Trafton United States 64.74 x x 58.39 61.30 x 64.74  
2nd Yarelis Barrios Cuba 63.17 63.64 62.22 62.12 x 60.30 63.64  
3rd Olena Antonova Ukraine 60.79 62.16 x 60.50 62.59 62.34 62.59 SB
4 Song Aimin China 56.41 59.55 62.17 61.75 62.20 60.51 62.20  
5 Vera Pospíšilová-Cechlová Czech Republic x 61.08 x 58.74 61.75 61.66 61.75  
6 Ellina Zvereva Belarus 60.43 60.10 x x 60.34 60.82 60.82  
7 Li Yanfeng China 60.68 x 59.72 x x 60.62 60.68  
8 Mélina Robert-Michon France 60.49 x x x 60.66 60.45 60.66  
 
9 Dani Samuels Australia 57.14 x 60.15   60.15  
10 Aretha Thurmond United States 56.72 59.80 57.99   59.80  
11 Iryna Yatchenko Belarus x x 59.27   59.27  
12 Nicoleta Grasu Romania 58.63 x x   58.63  

 

 

 

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