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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's discus throw

The Discus throw at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program will be held at the Athens Olympic Stadium. It was originally planned to hold the discus throw at the Ancient Olympia Stadium, but it was discovered that the field was not large enough to accommodate the range of modern discus throwers, and would have posed a danger to spectators. As such, it was decided to move the discus throw and to hold the shot put at the ancient stadium, despite the fact that the shot put was not contested at the Ancient Olympic Games.

Records

World Record 74.08 Jurgen Schult GDR Neubrandenburg(GDR) 6 June, 1986
Olympic Record 69.89 Virgilijus Alekna LTU Athens, GRE 23 August, 2004

Results

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Virgilijus Alekna, Lithuania Zoltan Kovago, Hungary

Aleksander Tammert, Estonia
Robert Fazekas of Hungary had initially finished first but was disqualified after being caught tampering with his drug test results.

Qualifying

To qualify automatically, athletes needed to throw 64.50 metres. As twelve athletes did not reach the automatic qualifying mark, those who did were joined in the final by the nine competitors who had thrown the next best distances to give a final line-up of twelve competitors.

Q denotes qualified for final automatically
q denotes qualified for final as best losers
NM denotes no distance recorded
medallists in bold
All distances shown are in metres.

Group A
August 21, 09:00

Position Name Nation Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Best
Throw
1 Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania X 63.80 67.79 67.79 Q
2 Aleksander Tammert Estonia 65.70 65.70 Q
3 Hannes Hopley South Africa 62.71 62.50 63.89 63.89 q
4 Gabor Mate Hungary 57.40 62.43 63.41 63.41 q
5 Torsten Schmidt Germany 56.86 60.63 63.40 63.40 q
6 Libor Malina Czech Republic 60.54 X 62.12 62.12 q
7 Jarred Rome United States 59.35 X 61.55 61.55
8 Jason Tunks Canada 61.21 60.02 60.34 61.21
9 Frank Casanas Cuba 60.15 60.60 57.27 60.60
10 Gerd Kanter Estonia X 60.05 X 60.05
11 Ian Waltz United States 58.97 58.55 57.52 58.97
12 Emeka Udechuku Great Britain X 58.41 55.79 58.41
13 Leonid Cherevko Belarus 57.98 X 57.89 57.89
14 Marcelo Pugliese Argentina X 56.06 54.45 56.06
15 Vadim Hranovschi Moldova 53.77 52.30 55.64 55.64
16 Dragan Mustapic Croatia 54.66 X X 54.66
17 Jaroslav Žitňanský Slovakia 53.30 X 51.87 53.30
NM Anil Kumar India
NM Dmitriy Shevchenko Russia

Group B
August 21, 10:45

Position Name Nation Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Best
1 Robert Fazekas Hungary 63.88 68.10 68.10 Q
2 Lars Riedel Germany 64.20 64.20 q
3 Casey Malone United States 59.99 63.27 61.83 63.27 q
4 Vasiliy Kaptyukh Belarus 63.04 X 62.93 63.04 q
5 Frantz Kruger South Africa 60.91 62.32 X 62.32 q
6 Zoltan Kovago Hungary X 61.91 60.77 61.91 q
7 Mario Pestano Spain X X 61.69 61.89
8 Vikas Shive Gowda India 61.35 61.39 59.87 61.39
9 Rutger Smith Netherlands X 61.11 X 61.11
10 Tao Wu China 48.96 X 60.60 60.60
11 Michael Moellenbeck Germany 56.42 59.79 X 59.79
12 Savvas Panavoglou Greece 57.26 58.47 57.62 58.47
13 Aleksandr Malashevich Belarus X 57.67 58.45 58.45
14 Aleksandr Borichevskiy Russia 58.12 58.19 57.86 58.19
15 Ercument Olgundeniz Turkey 57.13 58.17 X 58.17
16 Abbas Samimi Iran 57.57 X 56.24 57.57
17 Lois Maikel Martinez Cuba 57.18 57.10 X 57.18
18 Igor Primc Slovenia 55.70 56.33 55.43 56.33
19 Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly Egypt X 55.53 55.27 55.53
20 Shaka Sola Samoa 50.36 51.10 50.97 51.10

Final

DNQ = did not qualify for final 3 throws
DSQ = disqualified
August 23 20:20
Position Name Nation Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Best Notes
DSQ Robert Fazekas Hungary DSQ (doping test non-compliance)
1 Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania 69.89 x x x 69.49 x 69.89
2 Zoltan Kovago Hungary 57.31 66.40 66.03 67.04 58.25 x 67.04
3 Aleksander Tammert Estonia 66.66 x 64.28 63.95 64.04 x 66.66
4 Vasiliy Kaptyukh Belarus 65.10 59.82 62.88 63.44 64.89 63.63 65.10
5 Frantz Kruger South Africa 64.34 x 61.01 62.53 x 60.73 64.34
6 Casey Malone United States 62.80 60.34 x 64.33 62.73 63.65 64.33
7 Lars Riedel Germany x 62.80 x - - - 62.80
8 Hannes Hopley South Africa 60.18 61.99 62.58 62.58
9 Torsten Schmidt Germany x 61.18 61.10 61.18
10 Libor Malina Czech Republic 57.39 x 58.78 58.78
11 Gabor Mate Hungary 57.02 x 57.84 57.84

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