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2012 Olympic Games London - Men's Discus Throw



Host City: London, Great Britain Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 65.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 6, 2012  
Date Finished: August 7, 2012  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
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German Robert Harting came in as a solid favorite, having won the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, and holding the top spot in the world rankings in 2009-11. He would be challenged by defending champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia, the 2000 and 2004 champion, Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna, and Iranian Ehsan Haddadi, who had been third at the 2011 Worlds.
Haddadi was the leader after round one with 68.18 with Harting in second (67.79) and Alekna third (67.38). That order would hold through four rounds, as none of the leaders could improve, although Haddadi had a marginal foul of over 69 metres in round two, his foot just touching the circle rim. That would have won the gold medal had it been legal. Throwing fourth in the final rounds, Kanter produced 68.03 in round five into second behind Haddadi, but then Harting popped 68.27 which would win the gold medal. Nobody improved in the final round and Haddadi had silver and Kanter a bronze, with Alekna dropping back to fourth, fouling on his final two throws. Haddadi's silver medal was a first for an Iranian in track & field athletics. Harting's gold medal was the first for a German in track & field since 2000.
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 The men's discus throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–7 August. Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.

Six made the automatic qualifier to the finals, Ehsan Haddadi, Jorge Fernandez and Robert Harting on their first attempt. The top qualifier was defending champion Gerd Kanter, but it took him three throws to get a distance that would qualify. The #10 qualifier was two time champion Virgilijus Alekna.

In the final, most improved their distances by several meters. Alekna launched a 67.38 on the third throw of the competition. Four throws later, Haddadi took the lead with a 68.18, with Harting moving into second place with 67.79. That was the situation through the first four rounds. Kanter made minor improvements, but was out of the medals until his fifth throw of 68.03, knocking Alekna out of his fourth straight medal. Two throws later, Harting launched the winner, going just 9 cm beyond Haddadi with a 68.27.[3] The 2.01m, 130 kg. Harting celebrated his medal on his victory lap skillfully jumping over the row of women's hurdles already on the track and doing a Hulk Hogan shirt rip.



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

World record  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 m Neubrandenburg, East Germany 6 June 1986
Olympic record  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 69.89 m Athens, Greece 23 August 2004
2012 World leading  Robert Harting (GER) 70.66 m Turnov, Czech Republic 22 May 2012

Robert_Harting.jpg Germany's Robert Harting celebrates his win in the men's discus throw during the athletics

Discus Throw Men     Final 7 August      

07 AUG 2012 Report


London 2012 - Event Report - Men's Discus Throw Final

You may not have imagined that Robert Harting who is 2.01m high and weighs 126kg could be as swift as Sally Pearson but when celebrating his Olympic victory after one of the most entertaining Discus Throw finals in decades, the 27-year-old German nimbly cleared a few flights of barriers in the home straight which had been set out in anticipation of the final of the women’s 100m Hurdles.

Tonight Harting won thanks to the consistency of long throwing which has now extended his winning streak to 29 victories (finals only) but while his victory came with a massive throw of 68.27 metres, this was not the unchallenged gold medal campaign that we had all assumed it would be.

With the exception of Alekna’s first Olympic title in Sydney, this was to be the greatest quality Discus Throw final in history, with three men over 68m, another two over 67m, and 8th place secured with 64.79.

To win tonight Harting had to defeat a field of opponents which were at the top of their game, and ultimately saw Ehsan Hadadi of Iran, the World Championships bronze medallist, take his country’s first ever Olympic athletics medal (silver; 68.18), and the reigning Olympic champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia, finish with bronze (68.03).

Spare a thought also for two-time World and Olympic gold medallist Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania who finished fourth with 67.38, a performance which in all but two previous Olympics would have been good enough for a medal. Not bad for a 40-year-old!

Throwing in third it was Alekna which drew the first roar from the crowd when his implement hit the turf at 67.38 but four throwers later Hadadi awed the crowd further when, putting everything into his opening effort, he took the lead with 68.18. Harting’s response was impressive, 67.79, which squeezed him into second.

In comparison with the first round, the next two series of throws produced a relative anti-climax with neither of these three men improving, though the Iranian and German had long efforts in the second, 67.28 and 67.27 respectively; the Lithuanian had fouls.

Meanwhile the Olympic champion Kanter was pounding away a couple of metres below, with 65.07, 65.79 and then improved to 66.02. The only other man seriously in the hunt for honours was the Pole Piotr Malachowski, the Olympic silver medallist in 2008, who after a lowly opener (62.50), hung one out to 66.93 on his second attempt.

So at the half way stage the lead was as follows, Hadadi, Harting, Alekna, Malachowski and Kanter, with only just over two metres separating first from fifth.

The only improvement in the fifth round was Malachowski, who flew out to 67.19 but that was still short of Alekna’s bronze position by 19cm, and in the fifth round that gap to the podium grew dramatically as Kanter unleashed a 68.03 spinner which moved him up three places in the order to silver.

That piece of silver quickly tarnished as precisely two throws later, Harting, who was considering no other thought other than of gold, and rocketed his discus out to the 68.27m which would ultimately take the title, moving Hadadi to silver and Kanter to bronze.

Hadadi throwing last responded magnificently and as the discus landed it looked like the lead but as we began to applaud the red flag was raised for a foul.

After the Pole and the Lithuanian had fouled with their last efforts, Kanter then did his best to retain his title but could produce only 66.99. Harting then entered the ring for the last time but couldn’t extend his lead - throwing 67.08 - and so had to wait anxiously while Hadadi took the last throw of the final. But the Iranian’s effort was another foul and so the gold went to Germany, it was their country’s fourth Olympic Discus Throw title.

"The discus felt heavier by the end so I'm happy that it ended in my favour," said Harting. "It was like a chess game, very strategic and interesting. We were all very close to each other. I thought the last throw would be far more left than it was, but it ended up all right."

"Basically I was ready to break the Olympic record (69.89 metres)," said the silver medallist "but since the rain started I couldn't throw well."

"I felt I could do much more, but that's the thing with the Olympics, everybody could do much more," said the defend champion Kanter. "But, there's a lot of pressure on you, you're really trying hard."

Chris Turner for the IAAF

Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 68.27     Robert Harting Germany GER 18 Oct 84  
2 68.18     Ehsan Hadadi Iran IRI 21 Jan 85  
3 68.03     Gerd Kanter Estonia EST 6 May 79  
4 67.38     Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania LTU 13 Feb 72  
5 67.19     Piotr Małachowski Poland POL 7 Jun 83  
6 65.85     Martin Wierig Germany GER 10 Jun 87  
7 65.56     Frank Casañas Spain ESP 18 Oct 78  
8 64.79     Vikas Gowda India IND 5 Jul 83  
9 63.59     Benn Harradine Australia AUS 14 Oct 82  
10 62.78     Erik Cadée Netherlands NED 15 Feb 84  
11 62.02     Jorge Fernández Cuba CUB 2 Oct 87  
12 61.03     Lawrence Okoye Great Britain GBR 6 Oct 91  

06 AUG 2012 Report 


London 2012 - Event Report - Men's Discus Throw Qualification

There were six automatic qualifiers65.00 or more - for Tuesday night’s final from the 41-athlete line-up, and they were led by Gerd Kanter, the defending Olympic champion from Estonia, who throwing in the second of the two groups blasted out 66.39 in the third round after struggling with his opening efforts. With a similar qualification performance Britain’s Lawrence Okoye didn’t guarantee his place in the final until his third attempt of 65.28.

Sandwiched between these two performances in Group A were Germany’s double World champion Robert Harting, the odds on favourite for gold, who launched 66.22, and Jorge Fernandez of Cuba whose 65.34 on his first attempt might be the latest signal that this athlete is about to enter the elite of the sport.

Harting, 27, has one of the longest current win streaks in the sport of 28 competitions (finals only) which now dates back to 19 August 2010 but the Cuban who is 3 years his junior has steadily emerged winning the Pan Am Games last season and finishing 8th at the World Championships in Daegu. This season Fernandez has improved his PB to 66.05, just 5 centimetres more than his old mark (2010) but from this morning’s performance, it looks as if there is more to come.

There were only two automatic qualifiers from the first group, India’s Vikas Gowda (65.20), who was seventh in the Daegu World Championships, and Ehsan Hadadi of Iran (65.19), the bronze medallist in Korea, with their bests coming respectively with their second and first efforts.

Below par today but still making it into the final were two of the major medal contenders, Pole Piotr Malachowski (64.65), the Olympic silver medallist in 2008, and Virgilijus Alekna (63.88), the two-time Olympic and World champion from Lithuania.

The Pole has a season’s best of 68.94 which makes him the third best of the year so far, while Alekna, who is now 40, holds second place on the world season’s list with 70.28m behind Harting (70.66).

It’s helpful to note that aside the Cuban, the top of this event has remained pretty constant in the last four years, the Beijing final seeing Kanter, Malachowski, Alekna and Harting take the top four places, and that could again be the scenario in tomorrow’s final, though Harting should be at the front of that line this time. If he is it will be Germany’s 4th Olympic gold medal in this event’s history.

The once all powerful USA, who have provided 14 Olympic champions, will not be represented in the final, their entire trio failing to make the grade.

Not managing to join Kanter in the final are his compatriots, 39-year-old Aleksander Tammert (60.20), the bronze medallist from 2004, and Mart Israel (60.34) who was fourth in the Daegu Worlds.

Making up the final of 12, are Martin Wierig (64.13) of Germany, World Championships fifth placer Australia’s Benn Harradine (64.00), Spain’s Frank Casanas (63.76) who was fifth in Beijing, and Erik Cadee of The Netherlands (63.55).

Chris Turner for the IAAF

Discus Throw Men     Qualification 6 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 66.39   Q Gerd Kanter Estonia EST 6 May 79  
2 66.22   Q Robert Harting Germany GER 18 Oct 84  
3 65.34   Q Jorge Fernández Cuba CUB 2 Oct 87  
4 65.28   Q Lawrence Okoye Great Britain GBR 6 Oct 91  
5 65.20   Q Vikas Gowda India IND 5 Jul 83  
6 65.19   Q Ehsan Hadadi Iran IRI 21 Jan 85  
7 64.65   Q Piotr Małachowski Poland POL 7 Jun 83  
8 64.13   Q Martin Wierig Germany GER 10 Jun 87  
9 64.00   Q Benn Harradine Australia AUS 14 Oct 82  
10 63.88   Q Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania LTU 13 Feb 72  
11 63.76   Q Frank Casañas Spain ESP 18 Oct 78  
12 63.55   Q Erik Cadée Netherlands NED 15 Feb 84  
13 63.48     Apostolos Parellis Cyprus CYP 24 Jul 85  
14 63.40     Mario Pestano Spain ESP 8 Apr 78  
15 63.15     Bogdan Pishchalnikov Russia RUS 26 Aug 82  
16 63.09     Rutger Smith Netherlands NED 9 Jul 81  
17 62.87     Martin Marić Croatia CRO 19 Apr 84  
18 62.18     Jason Young United States USA 27 May 81  
19 62.14     Scott Martin Australia AUS 12 Oct 82  
20 61.85     Traves Smikle Jamaica JAM 7 May 92  
21 61.17     Lance Brooks United States USA 1 Jan 84  
22 61.08     Przemysław Czajkowski Poland POL 26 Oct 88  
23 60.87     Ercüment Olgundeniz Turkey TUR 7 Jul 76  
24 60.81     Gerhard Mayer Austria AUT 20 May 80  
25 60.34     Märt Israel Estonia EST 23 Sep 83  
26 60.26     Omar El-Ghazaly Egypt EGY 9 Feb 84  
27 60.20     Aleksander Tammert Estonia EST 2 Feb 73  
28 60.08     Julian Wruck Australia AUS 6 Jul 91  
29 60.08     Abdul Buhari Great Britain GBR 26 Jun 82  
30 59.95     Markus Münch Germany GER 13 Jun 86  
31 59.57     Jarred Rome United States USA 21 Dec 76  
32 59.56     Robert Urbanek Poland POL 29 Apr 87  
33 59.54     Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi Saudi Arabia KSA 16 Mar 85  
34 59.17     Mykyta Nesterenko Ukraine UKR 15 Apr 91  
35 58.18     Brett Morse Great Britain GBR 11 Feb 89  
36 58.17     Roland Varga Croatia CRO 22 Oct 77  
37 57.54     Germán Lauro Argentina ARG 2 Apr 84  
38 57.48     Danijel Furtula Montenegro MNE 31 Jul 92  
39 57.46     Jason Morgan Jamaica JAM 6 Oct 82  
40 57.33     Yunior Lastre Cuba CUB 26 Oct 81  
41 56.20     Ronald Julião Brazil BRA 16 Jun 85  

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Qual. rule: qualification standard 65.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Gerd Kanter Estonia X 59.72 66.39 66.39 Q
2 B Robert Harting Germany 66.22 - - 66.22 Q
3 B Jorge Fernandez Cuba 65.34 - - 65.34 Q
4 B Lawrence Okoye Great Britain X 63.00 65.28 65.28 Q
5 A Vikas Gowda India 63.52 65.20 - 65.20 Q
6 A Ehsan Haddadi Iran 65.19 - - 65.19 Q
7 A Piotr Małachowski Poland 62.08 64.65 63.96 64.65 q
8 B Martin Wierig Germany 64.13 62.66 X 64.13 q
9 B Benn Harradine Australia 64.00 X 61.39 64.00 q
10 A Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania 62.32 63.88 X 63.88 q
11 A Frank Casañas Spain X 63.76 60.21 63.76 q
12 A Erik Cadée Netherlands 63.55 X X 63.55 q
13 A Apostolos Parellis Cyprus 63.48 62.49 62.54 63.48  
14 B Mario Pestano Spain 63.40 63.36 X 63.40  
15 B Bogdan Pishchalnikov Russia 61.69 X 63.15 63.15  
16 B Rutger Smith Netherlands 63.00 62.70 63.09 63.09  
17 B Martin Marić Croatia 61.04 62.83 62.87 62.87  
18 A Jason Young United States 62.18 X X 62.18  
19 A Scott Martin Australia 58.15 57.67 62.14 62.14  
20 B Traves Smikle Jamaica X 59.59 61.85 61.85  
21 B Lance Brooks United States 61.17 60.59 59.25 61.17  
22 B Przemyslaw Czajkowski Poland 58.73 X 61.08 61.08  
23 A Ercüment Olgundeniz Turkey X X 60.87 60.87  
24 B Gerhard Mayer Austria 59.40 60.81 60.27 60.81  
25 A Märt Israel Estonia 59.60 X 60.34 60.34  
26 B Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly Egypt 60.16 60.26 58.89 60.26  
27 A Aleksander Tammert Estonia 57.00 60.20 59.78 60.20  
28 A Julian Wruck Australia 58.01 60.08 59.64 60.08  
29 B Abdul Buhari Great Britain 54.20 55.78 60.08 60.08  
30 A Markus Münch Germany 59.95 59.34 X 59.95  
31 B Jarred Rome United States X X 59.57 59.57  
32 A Robert Urbanek Poland 59.56 X X 59.56  
33 B Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi Saudi Arabia 55.48 55.80 59.54 59.54  
34 B Mykyta Nesterenko Ukraine X 58.22 59.17 59.17  
35 A Brett Morse Great Britain X 58.18 X 58.18  
36 A Roland Varga Croatia 57.76 58.17 57.79 58.17  
37 A Germán Lauro Argentina X 55.23 57.54 57.54  
38 B Danijel Furtula Montenegro 57.48 X X 57.48  
39 A Jason Morgan Jamaica 56.25 56.72 57.46 57.46  
40 A Yunio Lastre Cuba X X 57.33 57.33  
41 B Ronald Julião Brazil X 56.20 X 56.20  


Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Robert Harting Germany 67.79 X 67.27 66.45 68.27 67.08 68.27  
2nd Ehsan Haddadi Iran 68.18 64.09 67.28 66.98 X X 68.18  
3rd Gerd Kanter Estonia 65.07 65.79 66.02 65.96 68.03 66.99 68.03 SB
4 Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania 67.38 X X 66.07 X X 67.38  
5 Piotr Małachowski Poland 62.50 66.92 X 67.19 X X 67.19  
6 Martin Wierig Germany 63.34 63.98 X 65.85 64.79 65.12 65.85  
7 Frank Casañas Spain 65.56 X X 64.92 65.48 63.16 65.56  
8 Vikas Gowda India 64.79 60.95 63.03 64.15 64.48 63.89 64.79  
9 Benn Harradine Australia 58.24 63.16 63.59       63.59  
10 Erik Cadée Netherlands 62.40 62.77 62.78       62.78  
11 Jorge Fernandez Cuba X 60.04 62.02       62.02  
12 Lawrence Okoye Great Britain 61.03 X 60.11       61.03  




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