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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Women's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 63.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 15, 2016  
Date Finished: August 16, 2016  
Competitors 34from 23 nations
 
   
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
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 Sandra Perkovic
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      

Croatian [Sandra Perkovic‡] came to Rio as the defending champion and the favorite. She was World Champion in 2013 and runner-up in 2015, and had won four consecutive European Championships, in addition to her 2012 Olympic gold. However, in the final she got off to a rocky start, fouling on her first two throws. The early lead was taken by Frenchwoman [Melina Robert-Michon] who threw 65.52 on the opening throw of the final. Perkovic‡ took over the lead in round three with 69.21, which would be her only fair throw of the competition. Cuban [Denia Caballero], the 2015 World Champion, responded with 65.34 in that round to move into third.

The final rounds were anti-climactic as the three leaders maintained their positions and that would be the podium. Caballero did not improve her mark, Perković fouled on all three throws, and only Robert-Michon had an improvement, throwing a national record 66.73 in round five, but it did not change the standings. Her silver medal equaled her international placements at the 2013 Worlds and the 2014 Europeans.

 Summary by Wikipedia      

Mélina Robert-Michon took the lead with a 65.52 m on the first throw of the final competition. On the second throw, Nadine Müller threw 63.13 m. On the third throw, Su Xinyue threw 63.88 m to move into silver position. Those three throws held up until Dani Samuels displaced Müller near the end of the round. Müller couldn't land another legal throw. Nobody could improve their position through the second round. In the third round, world champion Denia Caballero moved into silver position with her best 65.34 m. Two throws later, Sandra Perković lander her only legal throw of the competition 69.21 m (227 ft 0 in) to leapfrog from the brink of elimination to gold. The medal positions were set, but on her fifth round throw Robert-Michon, improved her mark to 66.73 m, a new French record.

The following evening the medals were presented by Claudia Bokel, IOC member, Germany and Geoffrey Gardner, Council Member of the IAAF.

Records

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

World record  Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 m Neubrandenburg, East Germany 9 July 1988
Olympic record  Martina Hellmann (GDR) 72.30 m Seoul, South Korea 29 September 1988
2016 World leading  Sandra Perković (CRO) 70.88 m Shanghai, China 14 May 2016
        Results          
16 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: women's discus final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Just as she did in qualifying, defending Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic delivered in the women’s discus final only when two fouls put her under some pressure.

In her last chance to get a mark on the board and continue throwing, Perkovic produced a 69.21m throw which proved not only to be enough for gold but more than two metres beyond what anyone else could reach.

It turned out to be Perkovic’s only recorded mark of the competition, as she went on to foul her next three throws.

While Perkovic was looking for a mark, Melina Robert-Michon opened with two marks beyond 64 metres, leading early with 65.52m.

In the third round, Cuba’s world champion Denia Caballero moved up to second with a 65.34m throw, momentarily pushing Robert-Michon to third. But Robert-Michon responded with a 66.73m French record in the fifth round, returning to second and leaving Caballero third.

Robert-Michon was also second at the IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013. Rio is her fifth Olympics; her previous best finish was fifth in 2012.

After Robert-Michon’s big throw, the only changes to the order came below the medals; Australia’s Dani Samuels moved up to fourth with a final-round 64.90m throw.

Nadine Muller, fourth in London, finished sixth here with a 63.13m in the first round as her only mark. Germany’s highly-ranked trio underperformed in the final, finishing sixth, ninth (Julia Fischer, 62.67m) and 11th (Shanice Craft, 59.85m).

Yaime Perez, the 2010 world U20 champion and fourth at last year’s IAAF World Championships, recorded three fouls and ended with no mark.

Conditions for the final couldn’t have been more different from qualifying. Where Monday night’s qualifying was cool and sufficiently rainy to halt group A’s throwing for half an hour, Tuesday morning’s final was sunny and hot.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Discus Women     Final 16 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 69.21     Sandra Perković   CRO 21 Jun 90    
2 66.73     Mélina Robert-Michon   FRA 18 Jul 79   NR , PB
3 65.34     Denia Caballero   CUB 13 Jan 90    
4 64.90     Dani Samuels   AUS 26 May 88    
5 64.37     Su Xinyue   CHN 8 Nov 91    
6 63.13     Nadine Müller   GER 21 Nov 85    
7 63.11     Chen Yang   CHN 10 Jul 91    
8 63.06     Feng Bin   CHN 3 Apr 94    
9 62.67     Julia Fischer   GER 1 Apr 90    
10 61.89     Zinaida Sendriūtė   LTU 20 Dec 84   SB
11 59.85     Shanice Craft   GER 15 May 93    
  NM     Yaimí Pérez   CUB 29 May 91    
15 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: women's discus qualifying – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Eight different women bettered the automatic qualifying standard of 62.00m in the discus across two groups this evening, led by Cuba’s 2010 world U20 champion Yaime Perez with 65.38m.

Four more women – in fact, all those who threw beyond 60 metres – will also advance to make a field of 12 for the final.

The first group endured a rain delay after a deluge descended following the first round of throwing. Only seven of the 17 throwers managed a legal mark in the rainy first round and the downpour which held up the men’s pole vault final and 110m hurdles qualifying also paused the discus for half an hour and consequently also delayed the start of group B.

Nonetheless, four women qualified automatically.

Feng Bin of China reached 62.01m in the second round, and then three more women made it on the third round, including both defending champion Sandra Perkovic and world champion Denia Caballero, who both endured some nervous moments after fouls on their first two attempts before showing their competitive mettle.

Perkovic at 64.81m had the best mark from group A.

Group B proceeded more uneventfully, in drier conditions later in the evening, with four more throwers getting automatic marks on their first attempts, led by Perez.

However, Germany’s European silver and bronze medallists Julia Fischer and Shanice Craft only made it through to Tuesday’s final as non-automatic qualifiers.

Perhaps the biggest casualty was Great Britain’s Jade Lally, who has thrown 65.10m this year but could not throw within 10 metres of that mark on Monday.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Discus Women     Qualification 15 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 65.38   Q Yaimí Pérez   CUB 29 May 91 B 1  
2 65.14   Q Su Xinyue   CHN 8 Nov 91 B 2  
3 64.81   Q Sandra Perković   CRO 21 Jun 90 A 1  
4 64.46   Q Dani Samuels   AUS 26 May 88 A 2  
5 63.67   Q Nadine Müller   GER 21 Nov 85 B 3  
6 62.94   Q Denia Caballero   CUB 13 Jan 90 A 3  
7 62.59   Q Mélina Robert-Michon   FRA 18 Jul 79 B 4  
8 62.01   Q Feng Bin   CHN 3 Apr 94 A 4  
9 61.83   q Julia Fischer   GER 1 Apr 90 B 5  
10 61.44   q Chen Yang   CHN 10 Jul 91 A 5  
11 60.79   q Zinaida Sendriūtė   LTU 20 Dec 84 A 6 SB
12 60.23   q Shanice Craft   GER 15 May 93 A 7  
13 58.98     Pauline Pousse   FRA 17 Sep 87 A 8  
14 58.85     Chinwe Okoro   NGR 20 Jun 89 A 9  
15 58.41     Nataliya Semenova   UKR 7 Jul 82 B 6  
16 58.09     Tara-Sue Barnett   JAM 9 Oct 93 B 7  
17 57.88     Żaneta Glanc   POL 11 Mar 83 A 10  
18 57.81     Karen Gallardo   CHI 6 Mar 84 B 8  
19 57.67     Dragana Tomašević   SRB 4 Jun 82 A 11  
20 57.58     Seema Antil   IND 27 Jul 83 B 9  
21 57.38     Andressa de Morais   BRA 21 Dec 90 B 10  
22 57.09     Shadae Lawrence   JAM 31 Dec 95 A 12  
23 56.94     Sabina Asenjo   ESP 3 Aug 86 B 11  
24 56.64     Subenrat Insaeng   THA 10 Feb 94 B 12  
25 56.41     Kelsey Card   USA 20 Aug 92 B 13  
26 54.84     Hrisoúla Anagnostopoúlou   GRE 27 Aug 91 A 13  
27 54.44     Rocío Comba   ARG 14 Jul 87 B 14  
28 54.06     Jade Lally   GBR 30 Mar 87 B 15  
29 53.33     Shelbi Vaughan   USA 24 Aug 94 B 16  
30 53.27     Natalia Stratulat   MDA 24 Jul 87 A 14  
31 51.85     Fernanda Raquel Martins   BRA 26 Jul 88 A 15  
32 45.33     Mariya Telushkina   KAZ 3 Apr 94 A 16  
  NM     Whitney Ashley   USA 18 Feb 89 A  
  NM     Kellion Knibb   JAM 25 Dec 93 B  

 Detailed View

Qualifying round A

Qual. rule: qualification standard 62.00 m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

RankGroupNameNationality#1#2#3ResultNotes
3 A Sandra Perković  Croatia x x 64.81 64.81 Q
4 A Dani Samuels  Australia x 59.42 64.46 64.46 Q
6 A Denia Caballero  Cuba x x 62.94 62.94 Q
8 A Feng Bin  China 55.97 62.01   62.01 Q
10 A Chen Yang  China x x 61.44 61.44 q
11 A Zinaida Sendriute  Lithuania x x 60.79 60.79 q, SB
12 A Shanice Craft  Germany 60.23 x x 60.23 q
13 A Pauline Pousse  France x x 58.98 58.98  
14 A Chinwe Okoro  Nigeria 57.34 58.85 58.53 58.85  
17 A Żaneta Glanc  Poland 55.27 56.09 57.88 57.88  
19 A Dragana Tomašević  Serbia 55.87 57.67 x 57.67  
22 A Shadae Lawrence  Jamaica 57.09 x x 57.09  
26 A Hrisoula Anagnostopoulou  Greece x 54.84 53.19 54.84  
30 A Natalia Stratulat  Moldova x 53.27 48.80 53.27  
31 A Fernanda Martins  Brazil 50.19 51.85 x 51.85  
32 A Mariya Telushkina  Kazakhstan x 43.70 45.33 45.33  
  A Whitney Ashley  United States x x x NM  

Qualifying round B

Qual. rule: qualification standard 62.00 m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

RankGroupNameNationality#1#2#3ResultNotes
1 B Yaime Pérez  Cuba 65.38     65.38 Q
2 B Su Xinyue  China 65.14     65.14 Q
5 B Nadine Müller  Germany 63.67     63.67 Q
7 B Mélina Robert-Michon  France 62.59     62.59 Q
9 B Julia Fisher  Germany 61.83 x 60.69 61.83 q
15 B Natalia Semenova  Ukraine x 58.41 x 58.41  
16 B Tarasue Barnett  Jamaica x 54.36 58.09 58.09  
18 B Karen Gallardo  Chile 57.81 55.98 55.20 57.81  
20 B Seema Antil  India 57.58 x 56.78 57.58  
21 B Andressa de Morais  Brazil 57.38 x x 57.38  
23 B Sabina Asenjo  Spain 56.94 56.22 x 56.94  
24 B Subenrat Insaeng  Thailand 56.64 x 54.74 56.64  
25 B Kelsey Card  United States x 51.16 56.41 56.41  
27 B Rocío Comba  Argentina x 54.44 x 54.44  
28 B Jade Lally  Great Britain 51.60 53.99 54.06 54.06  
29 B Shelbi Vaughan  United States x 53.33 46.71 53.33  
  B Kellion Knibb  Jamaica x x x NM

Final

RankNameNationality#1#2#3#4#5#6ResultNotes
1st place, gold medalist(s) Sandra Perković  Croatia x x 69.21 x x x 69.21  
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Mélina Robert-Michon  France 65.52 64.83 65.08 x 66.73 x 66.73 NR
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Denia Caballero  Cuba 61.80 x 65.34 63.82 x 64.64 65.34  
4 Dani Samuels  Australia 63.57 x 61.21 61.95 62.87 64.90 64.90  
5 Su Xinyue  China 63.88 61.02 64.37 62.20 63.87 x 64.37  
6 Nadine Müller  Germany 63.13 x x x x x 63.13  
7 Chen Yang  China 63.11 x 60.47 59.19 x x 63.11  
8 Feng Bin  China 62.26 60.27 63.06 61.14 x 61.85 63.06  
9 Julia Fischer  Germany 60.69 x 62.67 Did not advance 62.67  
10 Zinaida Sendriute  Lithuania 58.25 59.95 61.89 Did not advance 61.89 SB
11 Shanice Craft  Germany x 58.39 59.85 Did not advance 59.85  
Yaime Pérez  Cuba x x x Did not advance NM

 

 

 

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